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Canada: Ruling upheld against comedian for discriminatory tirade against lesbian

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  1. Yes.
    Canada, where “freedom of speech” is accompanied by the absolutely requisite “responsibility of speech”.

    besides, “freedom of speech” is an American concept. There is nothing in the Canadian Constitution or the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that protects speech. There is, however, a section that forbids hate speech.

    1. And I don’t think anywhere includes physical assault as freedom of expression.

  2. Yaaaaaaaaaa… . Canada is a good country.

    And will be better once they get rid of the current PM Steven Harper.

  3. A most unattractive man…inside and out.

  4. “Freedom of speech in Canada is protected as a “fundamental freedom” by Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_free_speech_in_Canada

    “They did not heckle or otherwise
    disrupt the performance, but when Mr. Earle saw Ms. Pardy’s partner give her a kiss, he twice directed virulent
    insults exclusively at her and
    others at her table based on her personal characteristics as a woman and a lesbian. http://www.bchrt.gov.bc.ca/decisions/2011/pdf/april/101_Summary_Pardy_v_Earle_and_others_No_4_2011_BCHRT_101.pdf

    I read the full Tribunal description of what happened – it was basically as close to assault as you can get without throwing a punch. NOT Robin Williams making good-natured fun of an audience member!

    1. A lot of canadians are homophobic!

    2. Mark Roberts 25 Jun 2013, 1:39pm

      Actually, if you look up the definition of assault in the dictionary, and even that of battery, both apply to this incident.
      He had touched her in taking her glasses off her head to break them, and his shouted verbal abuse did put her in fear of her safety (especially when he loomed over her at her table).
      Going the legal format that she did, ensured that both Earle & his Employer met with Justice, and at a cost to them rather than the tax payer.

  5. Mark Roberts 25 Jun 2013, 1:30pm

    YAY FOR LORNA!!
    In the years before the Human Rights Commission held Tribunal on the incident, Lorna kept her silence as per her lawyer’s advice–and ‘Bad Guy’ Earle spun his lies to the Media.
    It wasn’t until months after the incident that Freedom of Speech became topic, as Earle sought any escape from his actions. That the Canadian Media had a “mad on” for the Human Rights Commission, made the bullying thug an instant ‘hero’ for Free Speech, Freedom of Expression, and what not.
    When Earle ran home to Eastern Canada, he held a benefit to raise money to cover legal fees. Even Federal Conservative MP(now for Immigration) Jason Kenny attended it.
    The Conservatives were looking for any avenue to cut back on, and close the HRC. Ultimately, closing a few offices nationally, and cutting staff in remaining offices.
    Lorna, caught in the middle of all this, has still won her case with its measly Settlement, and the TRUTH of the incident finally revealed to the public.
    YAY LORNA!!

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