On October 28, 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada granted the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission leave to appeal the decision of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal in the Whatcott case. In this appeal, the commission will be asking the Court for guidance on where the line should be drawn between extreme speech and the right of citizens to express their beliefs freely. You can read more on the case and topic in previous Slaw posts here and here.
A date for the hearing hasn’t yet been set.
In the meantime, the Saskatchewan government say they plan to introduce amendments to human rights legislation that will dissolve the Saskatchewan Human Rights Tribunal in favour of having a court hear the complaints. The intent is to send complaints directly to the Court of Queen’s Bench. This change is among several other upcoming reforms to the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code.