August 03, 2017

Kevin Johnston: Failure of leadership makes us “deathly afraid” of crossing hate speech line

David MenziesMission Specialist

Even though Peel Regional Police have charged journalist Kevin J. Johnston with a hate crime for ostensibly hurting someone’s feelings, that doesn’t mean the man who calls himself "The Jackal" is going to go away. 

Nor does he plan to keep his mouth shut.

On the contrary, Kevin visited the Zionist Centre in Toronto on Monday night, and he was as defiant as ever.

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commented 2017-08-03 19:09:32 -0400
I think it is outrageous for any citizen to be charged and for the exact wording of the charge not to be disclosed to the public. It is equally odious for the defendant to be ordered not to talk about the charges. This is the stuff of communist countries.
commented 2017-08-03 18:26:37 -0400
Media outlets should band together, and, argue in court for the publication ban to be lifted.
commented 2017-08-03 15:45:04 -0400
Looks like the Star Chamber is back in operation. Who’d a thunk it?
commented 2017-08-03 15:42:07 -0400
“Curiously, the twentieth century, which began with some of the strongest leaders in all history-some good like Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt, many bad like Lenin and Stalin-ended with a weak style of leadership codependent in followership: the leader as panderer”
Os Guiness
commented 2017-08-03 15:19:33 -0400
Terence, your argument accepted regarding section 33 and government. My argument is section 1 allows the courts to define reasonable limits on rights and freedoms. Hence the ruling some years ago against the RedDeer Pastor, whose tracts were recognized as factual but were still subject to reasonable limits. A limit on a freedom no longer makes it free.

Dief’s Bill was Federal, but lead to Provincial Bills. Alberta’s being Bill 1 of the Lougheed government in the 1972 sitting.
commented 2017-08-03 14:49:52 -0400
Canadian Mongrel
My point was that if governments intended to deny rights they would use the Notwithstanding Clause contained in s. 33. Dief’s Bill of Rights only applied to the Federal Government.
commented 2017-08-03 14:37:02 -0400
Terence, I am not talking the not-withstanding clause, which I believe is article 32, but I am referencing article 1.
commented 2017-08-03 13:49:58 -0400
Canadian Mongrel
I am no fan of either Trudeau but as a lawyer I have no hesitation in saying that your post is nonsense. It is my understanding that the Notwithstanding Clause has bee used only once in the 35 year history of the Charter.
commented 2017-08-03 13:39:20 -0400
It is good to see people standing up for freedom of speech. If we don’t, we’re headed for real problems in the not too distant future. Surely Kevin will get help with his legal bills if it comes to that because Kevin is in the spotlight now, but it could be anyone of us later.
commented 2017-08-03 12:40:35 -0400
We saw what happened when free speech died in Germany. Once it is gone then where do you turn? I have no doubt the government’s fingerprints are all over these incursions on our rights. That they should be allowed to lie in wait hiding in the tall grass of publication bans ready to pounce is a crime that needs to be punished.
commented 2017-08-03 11:46:08 -0400
Canada has not truly had freedom of speech since 1982 when the charter was imposed, without the electorate’s consent, on Canada by Papa Doc. Freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression is written into the charter, but under section 2. It is superseded by section 1 which qualifies the rest of the charter as being subject to ‘reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstratably justified…’
There is no definition of ‘reasonable limit’, which means the legal system can arbitrarily decide the definition.

Papa Doc and minions true purpose was section one, which puts freedoms at the whim of the state. The rest of the charter is smoke and mirrors to cover this true intent.

This opposed to Dief’s Bill of Rights, which clearly stated freedom of speech in article one, which article also clearly stated property rights.
commented 2017-08-03 11:45:40 -0400
Jordan Peterson says that the best way to keep student ‘Antifa’ protestors away is to hold a talk at 9:00 a.m. They never show up. Such is their real commitment.