Earlier in 2008, the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC)—as part of a policy review—appointed Richard Moon, professor of Law at the University of Windsor, to study how best to address hate messages on the Internet. This was pretty much an in-house review of Sec. 13 (1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA).
Professor Moon is alleged to have a track record of supporting government intervention in the media, and this does not augur well for those who would like to see Sec. 13 (1) scrapped entirely, not just tinkered with. Another worrying aspect of this review is that apparently the open public hearings were not held.
Think about this: one of our “Fundamental Freedoms,” which is guaranteed by our Charter of rights and Freedoms, is “freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication.” This fundamental freedom is currently subject to limits prescribed by Sec. 13 (1) of the CHRA. The CHRC is reviewing how it might administer Sec. 13 (1). And public hearings are not being held. Hard to believe, but there you have it.
Apparently, Professor Moon has submitted his report to the CHRC and it is being “translated.” According to their Web site the CHRC will release the report in both official languages on Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, and it will be available for download on the Web site.