BPC Bulletin: Morgane Oger v. William Whatcott

News Reports and Commentary Selected by Franklin Carter of the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee

 

On March 27, 2019, the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal ruled on a dispute between Morgane Oger and William Whatcott.

The tribunal ruled that Whatcott, a Christian activist, had discriminated against Oger, a transgender activist and former B.C. NDP candidate, when Whatcott distributed a leaflet about Oger’s sexuality during the provincial election in 2017.

The tribunal ordered Whatcott to pay $55,000 to Oger.

Read the tribunal’s ruling here:
http://www.bchrt.bc.ca/shareddocs/decisions/2019/mar/58_Oger_v_Whatcott_No_7_2019_BCHRT_58.pdf

REPORTAGE

CBC News reports:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-trans-advocate-wins-human-rights-complaint-1.5074412

Terry Haig of Radio Canada International reports:
http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2019/03/29/b-c-tribunal-rules-in-favour-for-transgender-former-candidate/

The Canadian Press reports:
https://bc.ctvnews.ca/vancouver-trans-advocate-wins-discrimination-lawsuit-1.4354942

In the Vancouver Sun, David Carrigg reports:
https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/anti-gay-activist-ordered-to-pay-55000-to-b-c-trans-activist-in-fight-over-hateful-flyer

In The Star, Tessa Vikander reports:

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2019/03/27/transgender-rights-upheld-in-landmark-decision.html

Robyn Crawford of Global News reports:

https://globalnews.ca/news/5104689/bc-human-rights-tribunal-rules-in-favour-of-transgender-politician/

Jeremy Hainsworth of Glacier Media reports:
https://www.tricitynews.com/b-c-transgender-woman-wins-discrimination-suit-1.23772632

Lianne Laurence of LifeSiteNews reports:
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/court-orders-christian-to-pay-55000-to-trans-politician-for-calling-him-biological-male

Nikitha Martins of CityNews reports:
https://www.citynews1130.com/2019/03/28/whatcott-discrimination-pay-morgane-oger-transgender/

In The Georgia Straight, Martin Dunphy reports:

https://www.straight.com/news/1220651/human-rights-tribunal-orders-christian-activist-pay-morgane-oger-55000

COMMENTARY

At Get Religion, Julia Duin comments:
https://www.getreligion.org/getreligion/2019/3/31/no-first-amendment-in-canada-referring-to-trans-women-as-men-is-hate-speech

In The Christian Post, Michael Brown comments:
https://www.christianpost.com/voice/fined-55000-for-calling-a-male-a-male.html

In The Telegram, Brian Jones comments:
https://www.thetelegram.com/opinion/columnists/brian-jones-you-cant-say-that-in-canada-295423/

 

The Book and Periodical Council was formed in 1975 as the Book and Periodical Development Council to provide a venue for members to discuss industry issues, address mutual concerns and undertake projects for the benefit of Canadian writing and publishing.

Share: