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Thursday, February 14, 2019

The convergence of Canadian law

A Canadian reader writes to let us know about the way Canadian law is converging:
I'm sure you're not surprised. I shouldn't be either; I read SJWs Always Lie and SJWs Always Double Down. What amazes me is how brazen this infestation is, so maybe you'll find it interesting.

The Law Society of Ontario has been manipulated, through the threat of imaginary racism, to compel lawyers in that Canadian province to declare their virtue. Under the Law Society's new rules the sanctions are nebulous for any lawyer who fails to adequately demonstrate right-think.

One of the listed recommendations was that the Law Society should “require every licensee to adopt and to abide by a statement of principles acknowledging their obligation to promote equality, diversity and inclusion generally, and in their behaviour towards colleagues, employees, clients and the public.”

It sounds like any lawyers who don't follow this prescription will be suspended and not permitted to practice law, at a minimum. Of course, as you have pointed out many times, the goal posts will be in constant motion and the SJWs will never be satisfied with the 'purity' of the province's lawyers.

If Ontario's legal profession is compromised the rest of Canada's law societies won't be far behind.
Unless and until the core concepts of "civil rights" and "equality" and "civic nationalism" are entirely rejected, the convergence towards the complete submission of every institution and individual to the social justice narrative will continue almost entirely unresisted. Which means that the society that rises from the ashes of equalitarianism is almost certainly going to be shockingly "ist" by every current standard.

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59 Comments:

Blogger JACIII February 14, 2019 8:21 AM  

More like refreshingly "ist". Canada's infection is especially insidious. Their own desire for civility and niceness is being weaponized in the service of evil.

You can't get any crazier than writing intentionally nebulous concepts into the application of law.

Blogger JG February 14, 2019 8:26 AM  

The World's Greatest Thinker did a video on this exact topic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGC3y1BPzwA&t=31s

Canada is doomed.

Blogger English Tom February 14, 2019 8:37 AM  

A woman called Diana Davison has a YouTube channel and she talks a lot about the steady convergence of Canadian law with the feminist/social justice insanity.
Canada, the Sweden of the anglosphere. So sad.

Blogger Arthur Isaac February 14, 2019 8:37 AM  

There is currently a scouring of 120 year old year books underway in the U.S. so I would say we're not far behind them.

Blogger Arthur Isaac February 14, 2019 8:40 AM  

Also, the Antifa lawyer whose guy allegedly assaulted the two Hispanic Marines and used racist slurs is using his virtue as their defense, after all such a virtuous lawyer would NEVER represent a racist, he would prosecute them.

Blogger peacefulposter February 14, 2019 8:42 AM  

It's getting so bad in Canada that even finance is being converged. The Office of Financial Institutions (aka OSFI), which regulates all Canadian Financial Institutions, is really pushing climate change. Here is a quote from their latest missive:

"Insurance companies will have to adjust to a new reality...to a future economy where investment portfolios move away from carbon-based assets...OSFI wants all insurers to quantify their exposure and develop strategic approaches for making the transition to fewer carbon-linked assets.

This not only hurts investors who are sacrificing returns at the altar of Climate Change, but also energy companies who will be squeezed dry.

Blogger Matamoros February 14, 2019 8:45 AM  

When I read this article I was reminded of Vox's warning of inviting in others and expecting it to work out just swell.


Crimea’s Russians who Backed Anschluss Now Turning Against Moscow, Vasiliyev Says

http://windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/02/crimeas-russians-who-backed-anschluss.html

Blogger pyrrhus February 14, 2019 8:47 AM  

Ethical requirements always been quite different in the USA..Where I passed the Bar, attorneys are required NOT to represent those whom they feel they cannot represent fairly, for whatever reason. Discrimination is mandatory.

Blogger Calvin809 February 14, 2019 9:03 AM  

So basically they want to force people to invest in the companies they own.

Blogger MJ Meyers February 14, 2019 9:13 AM  

By 2119, lawyers around the world, all requiring a secondary license from the United Nations to practice, will have an affirmative duty to sign an affidavit swearing they've sacrificed at least 2 children to Moloch every year.

The U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing cases about whether it's constitutional to pass a law requiring heterosexual men unaided by ED medicine to visibly portray an erection to honor the mandatory gay birthday cakes the state sends and requires be celebrated for each child per household every year. The conservatives will, of course, say the law goes to far. The progressive will argue in favor and advocate for the arrest of those neigh arguers under the anti-homophobe speech laws, which were upheld in in the landmark case, Butt-pirate Inc. v. Chester, 985 U.S. 456, 490 (2089).

Blogger pyrrhus February 14, 2019 9:13 AM  

Convergence is like a black hole....it swallows everything within its gravitational field, and emits useless radiation.

Blogger pyrrhus February 14, 2019 9:17 AM  

@10 Fortunately, there won't be anything left by that time, including the UN...The Congo doesn't pay any attention to the UN anyway.

Blogger Warunicorn February 14, 2019 9:17 AM  

I despise these people with every fiber of my being.

Blogger McChuck February 14, 2019 9:18 AM  

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." - Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 2.

Blogger David Ray Milton February 14, 2019 9:22 AM  

This will suck for elite legal firms when having to hire diverse lawyers.

“Well, she didn’t exactly pass the bar and doesn’t quite speak English or French, but on the plus side, she does know how to prepare a savory ethnic cuisine.”

Blogger wEz February 14, 2019 9:35 AM  

Yeah, they're pretty much the scum of the earth.

Blogger sammibandit February 14, 2019 9:43 AM  

But we're carbon based! /not s

Blogger sammibandit February 14, 2019 9:46 AM  

Issues like this are why the western provinces want to secede. Someone else brought up the scandal in the Veterans Affairs portfolio where the minister in charge resigned because she was being pressured to do something illegal. I don't quite understand it, but it has to do with Vets suing the government.

Blogger Daniele Grech Pereira February 14, 2019 9:50 AM  

You should see how mad Canadians are, that I served in their military, and now I'm recognising my Italian citizenship to GTFO of Dodge. I'm stuck here for at least 2 maybe 3 years, but I'm ready to fly out in a minute.

Blogger Trebor Nosemaj February 14, 2019 10:00 AM  

Gradually...

Blogger dienw February 14, 2019 10:08 AM  

Arthur Isaac wrote:There is currently a scouring of 120 year old year books underway in the U.S. so I would say we're not far behind them.

Please elaborate. Thanks.

Blogger JD Curtis February 14, 2019 10:14 AM  

Step 1-A in exposing this canard would be partnering with Muslim lawyers and declare the Law Society to be a den of Islamophobic hate (IMO)

Blogger The Depolrable Podunk Ken Ramsey February 14, 2019 10:19 AM  

It takes bravery and balls to say, "I'm not going to wear the pink socks." Nobody's got such chutzpah, collectively. So we'll ride this trainwreck all the way to the end, sadly.

Blogger Gettimothy February 14, 2019 10:37 AM  

"Unless and until the core concepts of "civil rights" and "equality" and "civic nationalism" are entirely rejected"

I understand and use the dialectic on Equality and Civic Nationalism.

What is the dialectic on "Civil Rights"?

What is the difference between "Civil Rights" and inalienable rights?

thx in advance

Blogger Robin February 14, 2019 11:18 AM  

I myself am subject to this. When I read “promote EDI generally” I thought “does that mean when I’m taking a crap too?”

I see a large chink in the armour here, because as a member of the Law Society I also have duties of candor and professionalism that trump any duty to promote satanism. I must not do anything anything against a client’s interests. So it requires me to be honest about things like diversity and its possibly harmful effects. For example I believe I am obligated to suggest that any corporate clients follow the Pence rule to mitigate the obviously real risk of false sexual misconduct accusations.

What can I say, lawyers were trained to weasel 😇

Blogger VD February 14, 2019 11:20 AM  

What is the difference between "Civil Rights" and inalienable rights?

Civil rights are granted by the government. Unalienable rights are granted by God.

God gives you the right to defend yourself. The government gives a X man the right to buy a sandwich from a Y man who doesn't want to do business with him.

Blogger DonReynolds February 14, 2019 11:27 AM  

"equality, diversity and inclusion"

Equality that never existed, not in nature nor in human society, anytime a semi-random variety of individuals are involved of any species or subspecies. Since there is no equality and equality is required, then none can be treated equally in order to achieve it. Some must be favored and privileged and others must be penalized through no fault of their own.

Diversity by no means related to the word diverse or varied. No matter how many non-whites are in any group or organization, there is always the demand to become more diverse. Diversity only means no whites, so diversity is achieved by a society that excludes the majority demographic.

Inclusion does not mean included or welcoming. Inclusion means exclusion of the vast majority of human society, which are heterosexual and cisgender, in favor of the tiny fraction who are not.

George Orwell was correct. All three terms are double-speak.

Blogger Dr Caveman February 14, 2019 11:41 AM  

It's the same in academia. When you apply for a faculty position, you need to submit a 'diversity statement' in addition to research and teaching statement. This is standard procedure for every university.

Blogger PM February 14, 2019 11:44 AM  

Quillette had a recent article on this, if you can get past the virtue signalling in the first few paragraphs:
https://quillette.com/2019/02/11/how-social-justice-ideologues-hijacked-a-legal-regulator/

Blogger Nate73 February 14, 2019 11:46 AM  

@28: In Canada? Seriously?

Blogger Fargoth February 14, 2019 11:56 AM  

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Blogger Warunicorn February 14, 2019 12:00 PM  

I get so weirded out when I read stuff like this because it's all so cult-like. It has all the trappings of a cult. If you don't adhere to the cult, then...well...you're just not part of the cult and are branded as a heretic and will destroy you in every way possible.

It's all so demonic, and it's about high time we give them no quarter because I'm personally sick of this sh*t.

Blogger Fargoth February 14, 2019 12:08 PM  

Just got the following email this morning from one Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara, MSc.

The Mayo Clinic College of Medicine Office for Diversity and the Biomedical Ethics Research Program is hosting a Dialogues in Diversity session:

Intersectionality (in Clinical Medicine)

I'll spare you the contents of the email, but suffice to say I'm counting the days until "Corporate Cancer" is released.

Blogger Gettimothy February 14, 2019 12:19 PM  

@26 thx.

Alright, a first stab at dialectic/rhetoric on "civil rights"

Civil Rights are government enforced 'gibs-me-dats'. Civil Rights make a mockery of the fiction of Equality.

Civil Rights are Un-Equal Rights!

Blogger carnaby February 14, 2019 12:38 PM  

A good friend of mine in Canada had to sign a declaration to indicate that he agrees with all the boiler plate global warming blather in order to keep his professional engineer license. Turns out 100% of Canadian professional engineers agree that global warming is real, caused by people, and is a huge problem for the world. The consensus is real!

Blogger Billy February 14, 2019 12:40 PM  

I always wonder how canadians can tolerate this kind of lunacy, but then I remember that North Korea exists. It's scary how easily millions of people can be convinced that not only are there more than two genders, but that criminalizing opposing opinions is perfectly reasonable.

Blogger Sean Carnegie February 14, 2019 12:47 PM  

I always wonder how canadians can tolerate this kind of lunacy, but then I remember that North Korea exists.

Because we have no other option. Our alleged opposition party's leader (who would be PM likely if election were held today) said that it's not about the immigrants or how they arrive but whether we have the services available to welcome them. Average handout to a "refugee" exceeds the median Canadian income.

JFK would be right wing if he were alive now in Canada. McGovern would lead polls.

Blogger VFM Bear February 14, 2019 12:57 PM  

Billy wrote:I always wonder how canadians can tolerate this kind of lunacy, but then I remember that North Korea exists. It's scary how easily millions of people can be convinced that not only are there more than two genders, but that criminalizing opposing opinions is perfectly reasonable.

Homeschool or die is not rhetoric, it is dialectic.

Blogger Arthur Isaac February 14, 2019 1:10 PM  

dienw:

https:www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/colleges-launch-yearbook-audits-amid-virginia-governor-ralph-northam-blackface-scandal/

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/10/693226601/corks-and-curls-virginia-yearbook-has-a-racist-history

Cultural revolution comes to 'Merica.

Blogger weka February 14, 2019 1:26 PM  

Simple. You treat everybody you can as well as you can. EDI would only treat the worthy. EDI violated medical ethics,

Lawyers have the cab rank rule. EDI violates legal ethics.

I hate Ontario dor a reason. It makea the socailist greens who atoppes Victoria burning local coal and now have rolling power cuts look sane.

Never be like them.

Blogger Doktor Jeep February 14, 2019 1:29 PM  

Sadly there is going to have to be ashes, piles of them, to get to the light at the end of the tunnel.

Blogger Jim the Curmudgeon February 14, 2019 1:58 PM  

I fully agree with the lunacy of this requirement, as it is somewhat redolent of life in Mao's China. (How long until there is an official snitching program?)

However, a good chunk of the rationale involves covering up for greedy decisions by the universities. To become a lawyer in Canada one needs to graduate from law school, apprentice for 10 months under the direction of a senior lawyer ('articling'), and then write a bar exam in one's province of choice.

Traditionally, Canada does not have anywhere near the number of lawyers per capita as the United States. At some point (perhaps a decade ago), law school administrators started slobbering at the mouth about the possibility of increasing enrollments. Osgoode Hall and Ottawa massively increased their student numbers. New law schools were created in Thunder Bay and Kamloops, and another one was planned for Ryerson in Toronto. (Just nixed by the Ford government).

The result was an increase in graduates just as the legal market was contracting. Meaning that many of those graduates could not find articling positions, and hence could not become lawyers. The law society and law deans were panicking, trying to figure out what to do. They ended up creating a second articling stream for those students who couldn't find positions with firms. It is seen as lower tier, and attracts weaker students.

At the same time, they commissioned studies which show that 'minorities' face discrimination, and that people of colour are less likely to gain access to articling spots.

Instead of reducing the number of students in law schools, the law society and law deans opted to put pressure on lawyers to take minority articling candidates. Reducing the number of law students would require cuts in faculty and administration, whereas pushing the diversity angle requires new diversity officers at the law society and the universities. Plus the benefits of virtue signalling.

The left wing ideologues are hardly going to do an analysis of supply/demand in the marketplace. That wouldn't get them virtue points, so they just bleat racism.

Blogger 1st Earl Hardwicke February 14, 2019 2:20 PM  

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Blogger 1st Earl Hardwicke February 14, 2019 2:22 PM  

I agree with Ayn Rand when she said that, "A right is a permission". It's not enough just to do something, too many want permission for it. Prime example, abortion.

I remember when I was backpacking in Canada, about how corrupt their senate and councils are. Was at the exact same time of MP expenses scandal in the UK. Lot of the resources, as Canadians know also get shipped off unprocessed, to China. So many small towns devastated by logging quota's, work that remains in sawmills, ok, perhaps not the nicest, done by Filipinos. Not sure if it's the same on the East side of Canada. Thought it was insane they had cheese smuggling from the USA into Canada.

Blogger sammibandit February 14, 2019 2:26 PM  

American cheese is cheaper because it doesn't have the cost of milk marketing board behind it. We regularly dump out gallons and gallons of milk in this country.

Blogger Vaughan Williams February 14, 2019 2:41 PM  

Just recently a Canadian Christian University was denied licensing for their law school. They fought it all the way up to the Supreme Court I believe, and lost at each step. Trinity Western, one of Canada's "elite" private universities. Why the denial? Because students have to pledge they won't have sex outside of marriage. The Law Societies of Canada decided that was discriminatory and against Canadian principles. Court system confirmed it.

Trinity Western is famous for its Dead Sea Scrolls research department.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash February 14, 2019 2:48 PM  

Matamoros wrote:Crimea’s Russians who Backed Anschluss Now Turning Against Moscow, Vasiliyev Says
The fact that they used the work "Anschluss" indicates that they are perhaps not a news source. A quick perusal of the website reveals that in fact it exists specifically to report on ethnic tensions in Russia and to suggest that everybody in Russia or in Russian-allied states would be happier with Ukraine.

In sort words, Fake News.

Blogger Ahărôwn February 14, 2019 3:50 PM  

There is push-back up here, but how successful it will be remains to be seen. I know one man at church who has a relative who was a pilot, got his bar license, and is now brushing up on his pilot training again because he wants out.

There was a case of an aboriginal man killed in Saskatchewan by a farmer for trespassing and theft, who was acquitted by a jury of his peers (all white). The natives protested, and Trudeau virtue-signalled some nonsense, intimating changes to how juries operated. Defense lawyers across the country were not amused.

Again, the loss of our English heritage has had long-lasting repercussions. Most non-British don't really understand common law, after all.

Greedy universities don't surprise me - I thought they had cut back on the number of law school grads. They obviously didn't go far enough.

American cheese is cheaper because it doesn't have the cost of milk marketing board behind it.

It's also over-processed garbage, due to American food purity laws. That's why you have to add herbs, nuts, peppers or something else to it, otherwise there's no flavour.

Blogger eclecticme February 14, 2019 4:09 PM  

@44. 1st Earl Hardwicke February 14, 2019 2:22 PM

Thought it was insane they had cheese smuggling from the USA into Canada.


As a child living in Wisconsin we had a tax on oleo margarine as we called it. As "The Dairy State" margarine was clearly an abomination before the Lord! So .... my relatives in IL would smuggle margarine when they visited.

It used to be worse. It was illegal to sell yellow colored margarine, to make it look like butter. They sold a tub of white margarine with a packet of yellow food dye.

Blogger eclecticme February 14, 2019 4:23 PM  


Minnesota (MN) like many states has a continuing legal education (CLE) requirement to keep your law license. 45 credits every three years. In MN, 2 of those credits have to be in "Bias" training. They required sign in because so many lawyers would skip.

The bias training was really obnoxious, as can be imagined. Many lawyers would read books, even bibles. One year a bias CLE was titled "Bias. What bias?" Sponsored by a conservative group. Hilarity ensued. They tore apart the factual basis for many examples of bias e.g. 'driving while black.' It was never approved again.

Blogger sammibandit February 14, 2019 4:39 PM  

>It's also over-processed garbage, due to American food purity laws. That's why you have to add herbs, nuts, peppers or something else to it, otherwise there's no flavour.

I'm a hardcore cheese fan and to me American cheese is Velveeta. I know y'all have some great blue cheeses like Maytag but they never get here. Ever. I see Italian, Danish, English, Quebec cheese all the time though.

Blogger Madame Ringading February 14, 2019 4:40 PM  

Canadian here. Outside the SJW urban bubbles, the social and poltical situation is akin to a forest allowed to run to thick underbrush and dry, wormy trees. Along comes a long, hot drought. Sooner or later, someone's gonna cast off a still-burning cigarette butt...or joint, the way we're going. Unfortunately, when this fire occurs, it could burn all the way down to the bedrock.

Blogger sammibandit February 14, 2019 4:42 PM  

>There was a case of an aboriginal man killed in Saskatchewan by a farmer for trespassing and theft, who was acquitted by a jury of his peers (all white). The natives protested, and Trudeau virtue-signalled some nonsense, intimating changes to how juries operated. Defense lawyers across the country were not amused.

Colton Boushie. Don't worry, the RCMP got him on another charge for weapons I believe. Thanks for bringing up this case, eh? There's a big problem in farmer country in Canada with natives committing crime on rural properties and whining about being shot. A similar case happened in Okotoks.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash February 14, 2019 5:02 PM  

sammibandit wrote:I'm a hardcore cheese fan and to me American cheese is Velveeta.
It's not American law that is keeping our good cheeses out of Europe and Canada. Since we could out-produce both EU and Canaday by at least an order of magnitude, dairy lobbies in both markets impose regulation that keeps American cheese out.

Blogger Uncompliant February 14, 2019 5:53 PM  

@50 and @4 -- The Illinois bar is getting there too. CLE is a two-year requirement in IL, but no specifically titled "bias" video classes yet. But sometimes extra classes are needed for certain lawyers in certain situations. At least one of those now includes a couple of hour-long lectures on diversity. The videos have once-a-minute prompts and quizzes (so no reading a book while the video runs).

As an example of content, one video discusses different cultural norms related to being late for meetings. Lateness is "no biggie" in some cultures. In one quiz, having been "educated" about lateness, one of the questions on the quiz was how you -- as a lawyer in Illinois -- are supposed to feel if a client shows up late. You can probably guess that I got the answer wrong and then the little sh*t presentation told me "No, that's incorrect!" and proceeded to tell me why I was wrong. In short, the Bar Associations are converging here too.

This is actually a very worrisome development. With the converged law schools being gatekeepers for the JD and now another gate is established with the state bar associations for the license, soon you may not be able to find licensed civ nat, conservative and/or Christian attorneys.

Blogger Uncompliant February 14, 2019 5:55 PM  

Oh, and it is a crime in most states to practice law without a license. So yeah ...

Blogger sammibandit February 14, 2019 5:56 PM  

>dairy lobbies in both markets impose regulation that keeps American cheese out.

Ahhh, so that's why I don't see American varieties like Maytag. Thanks dude! Many Canadians cross the border for American dairy. No wonder.

Blogger eclecticme February 14, 2019 7:12 PM  

@55. Uncompliant February 14, 2019 5:53 PM
@50 and @4 -- The Illinois bar is getting there too. CLE is a two-year requirement in IL, but no specifically titled "bias" video classes yet...
As an example of content, one video discusses different cultural norms related to being late for meetings. Lateness is "no biggie" in some cultures. In one quiz, having been "educated" about lateness, one of the questions on the quiz was how you -- as a lawyer in Illinois -- are supposed to feel if a client shows up late. You can probably guess that I got the answer wrong and then the little sh*t presentation told me "No, that's incorrect!" and proceeded to tell me why I was wrong. In short, the Bar Associations are converging here too.


Too bad the class was not live. Questions abound. Is it OK to be late for court or with filing deadlines? If white? Latino? White Hispanic? Does the presenter require employees to be punctual? When hiring for a job requiring punctuality does that mean you don't hire Latinos?

In the book "Mismatch" there is a whole chapter on George Mason University Law school accreditation. The ABA was very close to yanking accreditation for not lowering standards enough for minorities. The school was on probation as I recall.
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