There is nothing funny about Nova Scotia’s Cyber-Safety Act: “The province recently created CyberSCAN. This unit of five investigators will be up and running next month, tasked with manning the phones to respond to complaints of cyberbullying. The complaint will be assigned to an investigator who will in turn immediately contact the complainant.”
“The act empowers courts to issue “cyberbullying prevention orders” after someone complains. This includes entering someone’s property, seizing laptops or cellphones, shutting off someone’s Internet for a year and more. Parents can be punished if they haven’t set Internet and texting rules favoured by the courts. And while the alleged bully can appeal, the conditions still hold throughout the appeals process. Violating the act comes with hefty penalties — including various fines and jail time.”
Re “Repeal of section 13” (Alan Shanoff, July 7): I have always been greatly disturbed at Section 13 – the hate speech section of the Canadian Human Rights Act – which is the kind of thing we expect to see in dictatorships and banana republics, not an advanced first-world country with a long history of commitment to individual freedom and the rule of law.
I hesitate to review all the comments made regarding the nullification of the notorious “Section 13“, but I do subscribe to the viewpoint that Section 13 was likely abandoned to it’s fate by its original Jewish sponsors.
It had become a liability in that it was now being used against them by Muslim organizations, a consequence that might not have seemed likely thirty or forty years ago.
It’s difficult to know where to begin with Warren Kinsella’s illogical and rather juvenile diatribe regarding the repeal of the notorious “Section 13” of the Canadian Human Rights Act. So, in no particular order, here are my responses to his undignified venting:
At the foot of this commentary is the full text of an item posted June 6th, 2012 on the “Anti-Racist Canada” blog. Pointing out that “hate speech” will now be handled by the police and the courts, and noting that “acts of hate speech are serious crimes”, “Nosferatu200” finishes with the cautionary note “Be careful what you wish for”.