"anyone who puts the written word down in digital form,"
What the hell does that mean? What word?
Section 13 applies to messages "likely to expose" an identifiable group to hatred or contempt.
The foremost legal precedent for deciding these cases is the 1990 Supreme Court of Canada decision about the neo-Nazi activist John Ross Taylor, in which Section 13 was held to be a justifiable violation of the Charter right to free expression.
It defined hate messages as those expressing "unusually strong and deep-felt emotions of detestation, calumny and vilification."
^ WTF does that mean? "Unusually Strong and Deep-Felt Emotions...."
So now we have people determining for us what emotions we feel about something is negative or not?
So "Thought Police"
So all those comments on here in regards to the US in a negative manner could fall under this category?
Therefore, nobody is allowed to say anything negative about anybody?
I can understand this being applied to anybody trying to incite people to act out in violent ways, or commenting somone should be killed for such and such a reason (No matter how ignorant) but by what was quoted above sure doesn't stop at that it would seem.
Mr. Fothergill answered that if Section 13 puts a chill on public discourse, it is only to be around the fringes of hate speech, and that this is not "a terribly bad outcome."
"A little bit of chilling ... is tolerable," he said.
Suck my A-Hole through my B-Region you S-Head.
Mr. Hadjis questioned whether it is fair, in general, to hold Web site owners accountable for what others may write in their comment sections, possibly without their knowledge, consent or endorsement.
He used the example of the CBC, which operates several chat forums for readers to discuss news stories, and asked what would happen if a hateful message somehow got past automatic filters and live editors.
Without commenting on the CBC directly, Ms. Blight said there is no "free pass" for anyone.
Yeah, ok..... he's an idiot.... is that negative and should I be sued now? How about CC
Exactly how the bloody hell does this moron expect to properly police this on the internet, through all the various web sites, forums, chat rooms, news pages, and all the millions of people who post on each throughout the world?
He can't, therefore, he's an idiot.... not an insult, just a standard observation.