It seems that the human rights commission industry has avoided making headlines lately, but that does not mean they are not up to their usual mischief, finding new vistas of wrong-doing to correct. The June 14 Globe and Mail reported that the Ontario Human Rights Commission is reading want ads for housing to determine if landlords and would-be roommates are discriminating in how they choose whom to rent space. No longer will young women be able to advertise that they are seeking other single women to share an apartment with (an obvious safety issue), or landlords suggest that they have the ideal space for a family or single individual (as per space restrictions). All that will fall afoul of Ontario’s anti-discrimination laws.

The next day’s National Post reported on the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies – the bureaucrats who work within the HRC industry – which was scent-free “in consideration of participants with allergies.” The Post’s Kevin Libin reported on the exquisite sensitivity at the conference attended by bureaucrats, academics, union officials, and lawyers – for whom alleged human violations are big business – in which one delegate asked those nearby if she could eat her banana without offending them; “they can get pretty stinky,” she explained.

Libin said the “endless war against discrimination might be overreaching” by being super attuned to the endless variety of ways people might be offended. He says there is a cost to liberty, most notably freedom of speech, when the government feels the need to police every action in order to avoid hurting someone’s feelings. As The Interim has been reporting for nearly two decades, that line was crossed long ago.