TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Rubin Friedman, Principal Operating
Officer of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and a former trainer
on Hate Crimes and Hate speech commented on today's Supreme Court
Decision involving Section 14 of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code
dealing with the promotion of hatred based on sexual orientation.
"The Supreme Court has again taken a balanced approach to dealing with
conflicting Charter Rights. The case of William Whatcott is
significant across the board in defining the boundaries of what it
means to promote hate and may set a precedent that applies to all
grounds of discrimination, including race, religion and ethnic origin.
Parts of Section 14 were deemed to be too broad but the Court
reaffirmed the constitutionality of a more narrowly defined concept of
the promotion of hatred that has to be beyond action or speech that
'ridicules, belittles or otherwise affronts the dignity' of people.
This would be a welcome clarification. It will help encourage us to
distinguish between speech that is offensive and speech which more
clearly and actively promotes hatred and discrimination."
SOURCE: Canadian Race Relations Foundation
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