Friday, February 22, 2008

Human Rights Commission too busy with transsexuals and thought crimes to help the elderly

This story burns me up even more after this weekend's story by Margaret Wente profiling two transsexuals who have a plastic surgeon before a human rights commission because he won't perform labiaplasty and a breast augmentation on them.

Ontario's Human Rights Commission says it's too busy now to look into complaints that elderly nursing home patients are being left to fester in urine-soaked diapers.

In a letter to Ontario Federation of Labour head Wayne Samuelson, who requested an investigation last November, commission policy and education director Fran├žois Larsen said the rights body is not only swamped with work but is busy reorganizing itself to meet requirements of new provincial legislation.

"As a result of these factors, our resources will be stretched simply to cover existing work, and we need to be very selective about committing to new projects," the letter, dated Feb. 8, reads.

In an interview yesterday, Larsen said the commission might revisit the diaper issue later – if it gets enough money from Premier Dalton McGuinty's provincial government. "This is a very compelling issue," he said. "(But) we don't know how many resources we will have."

"Unbelievable," an audibly frustrated Samuelson said yesterday, "It's absolutely unbelievable

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