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Journalists nominate the out of control CHRC for their "Code of Silence" Award
Award recognizes the most secretive government, department or agency in Canada
The Canadian Association of Journalists has just released their nominations for their “Code of Silence” award. This year for the first time, the Canadian Human Rights Commission has been nominated for their culture of secrecy and entitlement. The Code of Silence award is to highlight secretive government agencies that engage in “secrecy and lack of accountability."
The nomination for the Canadian Human Rights Commission reads:
Canada's human rights commissions, federal and provincial, for their
efforts to censor speech that merely "offends." Given enormous
powers by the state, even to issue gag orders for life, human rights
commissions and tribunals are not bound to give an accused the same rights
they'd get in a court of law. The accuser has their case paid for by the
state, while the defendant must pay out of pocket, even when the charges
The Canadian Human Rights Commission has a long history of denying any public oversight or access to any of their files. From denying dozens of Access to Information requests, to claims of national security to prevent disclosure of their online spy ring, to a bunker mentality at their offices, the CHRC should win this award hands down.
Here are just a few recent examples of the Canadian Human Rights Commission’s secretive and abusive tactics to deny information:
– Should win the Code of Silence Award
CHRC will go to any length to hide and prevent disclosure of their corrupt
practices. This includes not releasing any information under the Access
to Information Act or the Privacy
Act. At tribunal hearings,
when the CHRC is ordered to disclose information, they either claim to
have “misplaced” the
evidence for years (then mysteriously find it only days before
hearings…) or they use Section 37 of the Canada
Evidence Act, to prevent disclosure of information.
effect of the CHRC blocking every single attempt at getting information
has lead to an obsessive culture of secrecy at the CHRC.
This culture of secrecy has lead to unfair hearings against
individuals due to non-disclosure of vital information. This also makes
researchers and journalists investigating them a very long, frustrating
and costly process.
culture of secrecy combined with Section 27 of the Human Rights Act gives
the CHRC literally carte blanche
to undertake any actions they deem acceptable.
For instance; financially underwriting complainants, bankrupting
defendants, spying on Canadians, posting objectionable material online,
trying to entrap people by sending them hate material and even violating
the constitutional rights of the victims.
The Code of Silence Award is a good first step to highlight the issue, but a full judicial inquiry or Royal Commission is really needed!
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It’s time to end the censorship of the extremist
Canadian Human Rights Commission!
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