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Saturday, August 09, 2008

Ezra Levant is off the hook and he isn’t happy about it.

Two years ago, his now-defunct Western Standard magazine — a rare conservative voice in liberal Canada — became one of the few publications to dare reprint the notorious Danish cartoons of Mohammed.

The magazine was headquartered in the province of Alberta, leading two different local Muslim groups to file complaints against Levant with the Alberta Human Rights Commission (AHRC). Established in the 1970s to hear discrimination complaints in the areas of housing and employment, Canada’s HRCs slowly morphed into a combination censor board/secret police, “investigating” so-called “hate sites” on the web, fining Christian organizations and individuals found guilty of “offending” gay activists, and charging Canada’s oldest magazine, and its columnist Mark Steyn, with “flagrant Islamophobia.”

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