2/1/2010 9:00:00 PM
It's one of those cases - now tragically numerous - which show how Orwellian and Kafkaesque Canada's human rights bureaucracy has become.
Comedian Guy Earle
is one of the unfortunate souls trapped in an ongoing nightmare - almost three years now - stemming from his smackdown of some rude and aggressive hecklers. The hecklers happened to be lesbian, which is why this matter is now in the hands of the BC Human Rights Tribunal.
Background on the story here
- I've written about it here
Just as it seemed as though this case was close to a just and proper dismissal, Guy Earle gets word that his nightmare will continue
Did ya hear the one about the BCHRC Chair that ignored the Canadian Supreme Court? Well, apparently, even though the S.C. has quashed the process that has been brought against me, the BC Human Rights Commission has decided to proceed with the original tribunal?!! At great expense (and suffering), I went to Vancouver last year for the tribunal. My lawyer had the process QUASHED, so I came back East to get back to work... Well, we are still a-go for March 29, 2010. So, I was a little premature in thinking there is justice in this world. Fans of freedom, we are not out of this mess yet!
Even though Canadians (and denizens of many other countries) have shown their 99.9% disgust for this action (read the comments) AND the Supreme Court has ruled against it; the tribunal happily marches on, regardless. You would think that their philosophy should be in line with the opinions and desires of the Canadian people as a whole...(?) Not so. Their money is made by sucking the life out of good Canadians. Wasting taxpayers money, hand over fist. I don't want to even imagine the loss of revenue, the cost of fighting this and the time wasted which has been leeched from me. I can't - it makes me sick to think about it.
(Via The Shotgun)
Guy Earle sounds like he could use a bit of Ezra-type advice right now, so for what it's worth here it is: Get on with your life. Do comedy shows. Do a show somewhere in Vancouver while the trial is on, even if you have to rent the room yourself. You're a full-time comic and a part-time defendant, not the other way round. And, if you do talk about the case, don't meet 'em halfway by talking bullshit about making donations to "women advocate groups". The only issue is this: Canada is now a land where the state regulates comedy acts.
The trial on March 29th will be a disgrace. You don't apologize, you don't donate, you put the system on trial.
That's really the only insight you need: It's about them, not you.