Amusing (Sort of) Developments In the Right Not To Be Offended In Canada

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  1. Mike S. says:

    UPDATE: In a decision released on November 18, 2010, Justice R. Smith of the Ontario Superior Court of “Justice” has ruled in favour of Giacomo “Serenity Now” Vigna in the latter’s defamation suit against author, journalist, blogger and free expression advocate, Ezra Levant. Vigna, who is undoubtedly dizzy with joy, was awarded $25,000 for his hurt feelings, plus full costs. For those with strong stomachs and a high disgust threshold, a complete copy of the decision can be found here:

    Not that further proof is needed, this case illustrates just how stone-cold dead freedom of expression is in the People’s Republic of Canada. The situation in this country is so bad that most people of limited financial means dare not say or write anything that anyone might find even remotely offensive. Internet blogging is a very high risk activity (thanks to crybaby lawfare specialists like Vigna, Warren Kinsella and the infamous censor, Richard Warman). In Canada it’s now no longer a matter of protecting freedom of expression, it’s a matter of restoring it.

    This case would have been laughed out of court in the United States, where there is true freedom of expression. Canada’s pathetically weak constitutional protections for free speech, combined with its draconian defamation laws and the general public indifference to free expression, make these types of decisions not only possible, but routine. Please, America, conquer this country and save us!

    As a final comment, I find it utterly laughable that anyone could lower the already low reputation of so strange an individual as Giacomo “Serenity Now” Vigna. If Vigna is a national and international laughingstock, it is entirely the result of his bizarre behaviour at the Lemire “human rights” show trial, and not because of any comments made by Ezra Levant (whose major crime was to publicly point them out and ridicule Vigna). Vigna may not be so serene once the Supreme Court of Canada gets around to ruling on this travesty of a decision (probably ten years from now), but even then, if past experience is anything to go by, I don’t hold out much hope. In the meantime, Giacomo, repeat after me: Serenity now! Serenity now!

  2. Ken says:

    Good God, that's utterly appalling.

  3. Charles says:

    I don't know if I have the fortitude to read a decision that includes, without irony, the phrase "published on his internet website blog" in paragraph 1.