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Public Consultation Findings on GSAs to be released March 3rd, 2015

The RMCLA will announce the results of it public consultation process on legislation regarding gay-straight alliances (GSAs) in schools in Alberta on March 3rd, 2015 at its Annual General Meeting. When: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2014 – 7:00 PM to 9:00 … Continue reading

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Bill 202 v Bill 10: A Battle of the Bills

The Alberta Legislature has been the subject of some controversy in recent weeks. On November 20, Liberal MLA Laurie Blakeman introduced Bill 202: The Safe and Inclusive Schools Statutes Amendment Act, 2014, 3rd Sess, 28th Leg, Alberta, 2014. A week … Continue reading

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Freedom of Expression and the Alberta Human Rights Act

RMCLA Position Paper In 2013, the Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association campaigned to have section 3 of the Alberta Human Rights Act repealed. This section refers to expressions of discrimination and hate speech. The following document outlines RMCLA’s most recent … Continue reading

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Alberta Government Considers Strategies to Address Bullying – Is Legislation the Answer?

By Linda McKay-Panos   On January 30, 2014, the Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association (RMCLA) hosted a panel discussion on anti-bullying legislation in Alberta. The panel members were Sandra Jansen, Calgary-North West MLA, and Associate Minister of Family and Community … Continue reading

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The CBC and Government Control

By George Blochert   Civil liberties are not always easy to define and may even conflict with each other. Alan Borovoy, who headed the Canadian Civil Liberties Association for more than 40 years, made this his thesis in the book, … Continue reading

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Public Interest Disclosure Act May not be Broad Enough

The Government of Alberta tabled new whistleblower legislation. For the first time in Alberta it introduces the possibility that government employees may make disclosure of wrongdoing and protects them against reprisal. However, it is questionable if the bill will protect … Continue reading

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Federal Bill makes snooping easier

Bill C-12, entitled the “Safeguarding Canadians’ Personal Information Act,” is intended to improve online privacy and protect personal information. However, it may make it easier for governments, police and possibly private security firms to dig into your personal affairs. This … Continue reading

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Welcome RMCLA’s New Board

The following people were elected to the RMCLA’s 2012 Board of Directors: Gillian Steward Kelly Ernst George Blochert Catherine Ford Stephen Randall Janet Keeping Hal Joffee Linda McKay-Panos Dan Shapiro Sharon Polsky Asifa Akbar Ramesh Joshi  

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Unity in Diversity: That’s Canadian Multiculturalism and it Works

Multiculturalism is an inherent feature of Canadian society. Arguably, the contours for multicultural Canada are found in the early days of our country’s history. The pre-eminent political leaders of pre-Confederation Canada, John A. Macdonald and George Etienne Cartier, looked with … Continue reading

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Potential Premier’s Response to Civil Liberties Issues in Alberta

Potential Premiers of Alberta were given the opportunity to state their position about civil liberties in Alberta by responding to eight questions from the Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association (RMCLA). All candidates for leadership of the Progressive Association of Alberta … Continue reading

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