A Call to Rebellion for Ontario Legal Professionals…

Date: October 12, 2017

01) A Call to Rebellion for Ontario Legal Professionals

“Ontario lawyers/paralegals: Indicate your objection to the Law Society demands (confidentiality ensured) at https://jordanbpeterson.com/compelled-speech-law-society-upper-canada/. Please forward this video URL to your colleagues.

Concerned non-lawyers, please contact the Law Society at: lawsociety@lsuc.on.ca

(It can be difficult for individual lawyers to stand up against such unwarranted intrusion singly. In consequence, we established the website to generate an estimate of the degree of dissatisfaction and resistance. The number of signatories will be made public, on that same website, within the first week–and updated regularly–but no personally identifying details will be released. )

Summary: Recently, the Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario) has made major revisions to their requirements for the annual submission for legal practitioners in that province. As part of a five-part strategic program known as “Accelerating Culture Shift,” all lawyers are now required to write, submit and abide by a “Statement of Principles.” The details can be viewed here https://www.lsuc.on.ca/EDI/ — a site which indicates what lawyers now need to “KNOW AND DO” (caps in the original) for 2017.

In this video, I discuss this new demand (enforced by the power of government and law) with practicing lawyer Jared Brown and Professor Bruce Pardy of Queen’s University, both of whom testified, along with me, last year at the Canadian Senate on the compelled speech required by federal Bill C-16.

The content of the now-mandatory “Statement of Principles” has been dictated and will be reviewed for compliance by the Law Society itself: Acknowledgement of the “obligation to promote equality, diversity and inclusion generally, and in… behavior towards colleagues, employees, clients and the public.” This is part of a broader claim by the same society of systemic racism endemic in the legal profession in Ontario – a claim for which very little credible evidence has been collected and distributed.

Furthermore, the Society now requires every legal workplace of 10 or more licensees to “develop, implement and maintain a human rights/diversity policy” and to undergo an “equality, diversity and inclusion self-assessment for their legal workplace, to be provided to the Law Society” (which will also “encourage legal workplaces to conduct inclusion surveys by providing them with sample templates.”)

Failure to do comply brings with it the threat of serious penalties, including reputational damage and, more seriously, loss of the right to practice.

By implementing such requirements the Law Society has shifted from an organization ensuring competent practice to one dedicated to policing political and philosophical attitude and behavior. This is a clear and egregious example of compelled speech, and should be rejected as unacceptable by those at whom it is aimed.

To indicate your objections, once again (lawyers only, please, for this purpose): https://jordanbpeterson.com/compelled-speech-law-society-upper-canada/

Confidentiality is ensured.

Professor Pardy’s National Post article can be found at: http://nationalpost.com/opinion/bruce-pardy-law-societys-new-policy-compels-speech-crossing-line-that-must-not-be-crossed

God Is Not Great – Christopher Hitchens…


Date: October 11, 2017

01) God Is Not Great – Christopher Hitchens

“Audiobook of God Is Not Great (How Religion Poisons Everything) By Christopher Hitchens”

I’ve not read this, myself.

Christopher Hitchens can be abrasive, by many people’s standards…but he had a natural talent for communication, thinking and seeing deeper.


Queer Disbelief: What LGBTQ and Atheist People Can Learn From Each Other (TTA Podcast 349)…


Date: October 11, 2017

01) Queer Disbelief: What LGBTQ and Atheist People Can Learn From Each Other (TTA Podcast 349)

“Hemant Mehta of “Friendly Atheist” and author Camille Beredjick speak about “Queer Disbelief,” a book (near publication) which links the atheist movement to the LGBTQ movement, exploring the similarities and differences…and what they can learn from each other.”

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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde…


Date: October 11, 2017

01) The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

“The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a novella by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, first published in 1886. London lawyer Utterson is driven to investigate Edward Hyde, the unlikely protege of his friend Dr Henry Jekyll, suspecting the relationship to be founded on blackmail. The truth is worse than he could have imagined. Jekyll’s ‘full statement of the case’, the final chapter of the book, explores the idea of dual personality that led him to his experiments, and his inexorable and finally fatal descent into evil.

(Summary by David Barnes)”


Physics – Are We Real?…


Date: October 10, 2017

01) Physics – Are We Real?

“The holographic principle is a principle of string theories and a supposed property of quantum gravity that states that the description of a volume of space can be thought of as encoded on a lower-dimensional boundary to the region—preferably a light-like boundary like a gravitational horizon. First proposed by Gerard ‘t Hooft, it was given a precise string-theory interpretation by Leonard Susskind who combined his ideas with previous ones of ‘t Hooft and Charles Thorn. As pointed out by Raphael Bousso, Thorn observed in 1978 that string theory admits a lower-dimensional description in which gravity emerges from it in what would now be called a holographic way.”


Demonic Toys – Good Bad Flicks…


Date: October 10, 2017

01) Demonic Toys – Good Bad Flicks

“GoodBadFlicks takes a look at another glorious Full Moon feature, Demonic Toys. Directed by Peter Manoogian.”

I like this movie. The two boys are cute as hell…and “Baby Oopsy Daisy” is pretty darn funny.

The plot and acting was bad…but this is one of those movies, associated with a good time and place in my life…So, I like watching it, because it takes me back in time.

We all have our own “soundtrack of our life”…Same concept, but with movies.


Waking Up with Sam Harris – The “After On” Interview (with Rob Reid)…

Date: October 10, 2017

01) Waking Up with Sam Harris- The “After On” Interview (with Rob Reid)

“This episode of the Waking Up podcast features an interview that Sam did with Rob Reid on the After On podcast. They speak about publishing, psychedelics, terrorism, meditation, free speech and other topics.

Rob Reid founded Listen.com, which built the pioneering online music service Rhapsody and created the unlimited subscription model since adopted by Apple, Spotify, and many others. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Year Zero, a work of fiction; Year One, a memoir about student life at Harvard Business School; and Architects of the Web, the first true business history of the Internet. His latest book is After On: A Novel of Silicon Valley.

Website: after-on.com