Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Canadian Islamic Congress to seek compromise

Most human rights complaints never make it to trial, you know. There is a possibility that this one will not. There are always compromises, deals worked out on the courthouse steps, etc. The CIC is about to announce an offer for settlement. We don't know what that is yet, but it will be interesting to read.

It looks like a great deal of damage has already been done to the public's perception of the hate speech complaint process, and to the human rights commissions and tribunals as a whole. So even if this offer is accepted, there is probably no way the system will escape some serious reform.

But anyway, there is not much of a chance that Rogers Publishing will buy what the CIC is selling. It should be pretty telling that, at least as far as I can tell, Rogers never filed a preliminary application to dismiss on this matter. That should tell us that they want this to go to hearing. They want to take full advantage of the process, in all its grinding slowness.

Speaking of the respondents, why not take out a subscription to Maclean's, if you haven't done so already? Lawsuits aside, the magazine has made some huge leaps and bounds in the last few years, and is a very rewarding read. Hey - it's only twenty bucks. Treat yourself.