Another day, another reason to end human rights commissions

21 Feb 2014 Another day, another reason to end human rights commissions

By Ezra Levant, SunMedia SunMedia , Feb 17 2014: Engineers wear an iron ring on their pinky finger. It’s a tradition that began in 1925 to commemorate a terrible engineering disaster.

The massive Quebec Bridge across the Saint Lawrence River collapsed – twice. Once in 1907. And again in 1916. The same bridge. Eighty-eight people were killed.

A Royal Commission of Inquiry ruled “the failure cannot be attributed directly to any cause other than errors in judgment on the part of… two engineers.” That disaster led to an overhaul in the credentialing of engineers. In Canada, it’s now illegal to call yourself an engineer without passing difficult exams, and being subject to the oversight of engineering associations. It’s similar to the requirements to call yourself a doctor.

But to Ladislav Mihaly, those rules are just too tough.


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