Levant has researched a huge number of human rights cases in Canada and has stumbled upon numerous bizarre cases, such as the employee who sued McDonald's -- and won -- after she was fired for not washing her hands; the disabled man who liked flaunting his medicinal pot smoking and won his case against the pub owner who asked him not to smoke outside his door; and the Boston Pizza employee who didn't like the music played by her younger colleagues.Sreerekha Verma concludes the review by saying that what is missing is the commission's side of the story. Well, the commission's side of the story isn't really missing. It's always there, in the commissions' archives, clearly visible in every ruling. Just read them - and you'll have their point of view on the case and their reasoning behind penalizing an opinion. Check some of their dismissal rulings in which they literally convict the defendant of hate speech even if the case is dismissed...
Levant makes observations, which should make any Canadian sit up and think. The commission has the right to walk into your home or office, conduct a search and confiscate anything, if it pertains to an investigation. Unlike the police, the commission does not require a warrant.
Also, there is no governing body overseeing the commission, so there is no one to complain to about it, Levant says.
The commission's side of the story is simple: they believe that they are the ones to tell us whose rights are more important than ours, whose fragile feelings triumph over our freedom of speech, who is equal and who is more equal than any of us.