How do you solve a problem like Lynn Beyak? The answer could be so simple, but the Senate of Canada would rather make it hard. The ongoing saga of Senator Beyak and her unrepentant racism added a new chapter this week, with the release of the Senate Ethics Committee’s report on the latest efforts to drive her rehabilitation. The years-long travesty began, in earnest, back in early 2018, when she was removed from the Conservative Senate caucus, before eventually ending with the May 9, 2019, vote to suspend her from the Upper Chamber without pay due to racist letters she posted to her Senate website, hyping up the residential school system. One of the letters said Indigenous people in Canada would only “wait until the government gives them stuff,” and another that said Indigenous people should be “grateful” for the residential school system imposed on them by Canada’s government, in which as many of 6,000 children died and countless suffered abuse. In a report last March, Senate Ethics Officer Pierre Legault found that Sen. Beyak breached the Chamber’s Ethics and Conflict of Interest Code by posting the letters and recommended three remedial measures: removing the offending letters from the website, making a formal apology and posting the apology on her website, and completing a course on cultural sensitivity. As we now know, that cultural sensitivity training was about as useful as a vegetarian cookery course for a lion. According to a report from the training providers, things were grim from the start, with Sen. Beyak claiming Métis ancestry thanks to having an adopted Indigenous sister. She also wouldn’t engage in discussions about Canada’s colonial history and how it affects modern-day relations, while also decrying the very existence of any racism in northwestern Ontario. After moving from a group to a personal setting, where she was dismissive of the concept of white privilege and general history, she was finally asked not to return. The committee report says the purpose of suspending Sen. Beyak from the Senate, which lasted until September when Parliament was dissolved before the election, was so that she would “gain further perspective on the privilege of serving in Canada’s Upper House” and that not having access to Senate resources would make her more appreciative of them. The Ethics Committee is again recommending Sen. Beyak be suspended and undergo further training. It's a recommendation that will only give her another shot at laughing in the face of the Chamber and everything it supposedly stands for. It’s been beyond clear from the beginning that Sen. Beyak isn’t going to change, learn, or grow. Having a further timeout isn’t going to change this trajectory, and the fact the Senate isn’t willing to put its collective foot down and make the moves to expel her is a stain on the entire institution. As showcased during the Don Meredith era, Senators have the ability and mechanisms to boot someone from the Chamber for good. Perhaps they’re dragging this out in the hope that Sen. Beyak will exclude herself from the narrative and resign, like Mr. Meredith did. This is cowardice, and anyone who’s hiding behind the fear of setting a precedent should be ashamed of themselves. A precedent has now been set anyway: the Senate will excuse racism because taking any action otherwise is too inconvenient.