Human Rights Commission Wants More Blood from Terry Tremaine
REGINA. May 21, 2010. Dissident Terry Tremaine, currently facing the June 1 conclusion of a preliminary hearing into charges under Sec. 319 (Canada's notorious "hate law") today was served with a notice that the relentless Canadian Human Rights Commission wants to charge him with contempt of court for Internet postings he's made since the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal slapped him with a "cease and desist order" and a $4,000 fine in 2007. Under the signature of Daniel Poulin, a senior lawyer for the Commission, the Notice of Motion to be heard in Federal Court in Saskatoon, June 17, will seek an order to compel Mr. Tremaine "to answer allegtions of contempt of court."
Both the "hate" law charges and the Sec. 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act (Internet "hate") were instigated by complaints from Richard Warman. Warman also wrote a letter of complaint to the University of Saskatchewan which then employed Mr. Tremaine as a lecturer in math and computer studies. He almost immediately lost his job. He fell into a depression and, early in 2006, wrote a letter of retraction and apology (which he later recanted.) In his landmark September 2, 2009 ruling in another Warman complaint Warman v. Marc Lemire, Athanasios Hadjis found Sec. 13 unconstitutional as its punitive powers, acquired since the 1990 Supreme Court ruling upholding an older version this law, made it no longer "remedial". Mr. Hadjis also noted in the Marc Lemire case that repeated efforts by Mr. Lemire to seek mediation were rebuffed by Mr. Warman, Mr. Tremaine will argue in strongly opposing the CHRC motion that his prosecution should have ceased early in 2006 when he apologized and retracted his statements. At this point, there was nothing further to "remediate." Of course, in the hands of the political censors and thought control fanatics at the CHRC, "remediation" was not the goal, but the total crushing of a dissident.
Mr. Temaine will also note that, pending the appeal of Mr. Hadjis decision in Federal Court -- a process now in progress, Sec. 13 remains under a legal cloud and further action should cease.