The CHRC has said that they will take submissions from the public on the issue of the closed Warman v Lemire tribunal hearing, but the submissions must be made by March 17th.
Please write a polite and professional letter to Ms Jessie Cyr outlining why you believe the hearing should be public.
If you can’t write a polite letter, PLEASE DON’T WRITE. You will only hurt our case.
Here is my submission:
March 12, 2008
Canadian Human Rights Tribunal
160 Elgin Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 1J4
Tel: (613) 995-1707
Attn: Ghislaine (Jessie) Cyr – Registry Officer
Re: Warman v Lemire (T1073/5405)
Dear Ms Cyr
I am writing to request that the Warman v Lemire tribunal hearing that is scheduled for March 25, 2008 be open to the public.
It has come to our attention that evidence will be given that suggests that CHRC investigator Dean Steacy created an anonymous account on a website we owned shortly before a CHRC complaint was filed against us.
In addition, the Warman v Lemire case has become widely known on the Canadian internet, and many website owners feel that the outcome of this case will have far-reaching implications in regard to their free speech, and that of their members.
We feel that the presence of media and public observers would serve to increase security at the hearing. Since members of the internet community wish to see this matter dealt with in a speedy and professional manner, it is our desire to help maintain a safe and peaceful environment so that the Tribunal feels safe keeping the hearing open and public, so many sets of eyes will be on the lookout for disruptors.
Thank you very much in advance for considering this request.
Connie and Mark Fournier