Category Archives: Diversity

Parental Rights are only to Act in the Best Interests of Children

Alberta’s Bill 24 has passed that ensures youth attending Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) are not outed to parents for mere attendance in the student clubs. Although the legislation has passed, the debate in the public square continues regarding if parents should … Continue reading

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Celebrating Canada’s Multiculturalism in Alberta

You’ve heard it before: Canada is a mosaic. A multicultural society with people from around the world. There’s even a photographer in Toronto who’s been photographing people from 190 countries — and they all live in Toronto. Talk about a multicultural city! … Continue reading

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Gay-Straight Alliance Legislation Recommendations

The Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association (RMCLA) has released its final report on public consultations regarding legislation for gay-straight alliances (GSAs) in schools in Alberta. It can be seen at: http://www.rmcla.ca/GayStraightAllianceFinalReportRMCLA2015.pdf On December 4, 2014 Premier Jim Prentice of Alberta … 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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The Quebec Charter of Values: What Does it All Mean?

By Linda McKay-Panos   There are questions about what is being proposed in Quebec in its new Charter of Values and how this all fits into Canadian law.   While Canadian governments are bound by the Canadian Charter of Rights … Continue reading

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Are human rights eroding world-wide?

Three developments in extreme intolerance in 3 different areas of the world suggest that extremist intolerant views might be rising world-wide. Some of this rising intolerance is spilling into Canada. The issue locally is the prospect of such intolerant attitudes … Continue reading

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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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Is there a Pregnant Pause in Implementation of Alberta’s Human Rights Legislation?

Some people are surprised to learn that it was not until 1989 that the Supreme Court of Canada recognized that discrimination based on pregnancy was a form of gender or sex discrimination (see: Brooks v Canada Safeway, [1989] 1 SCR … Continue reading

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What are the Implications of Multiculturalism?

No Statues of Liberty stand in Vancouver or Halifax to welcome boatloads of refugees fleeing war, famine or persecution, or immigrants lured by dreams of a better life.  However these two cities on opposite coasts of this vast land have … Continue reading

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Multiculturalism or Interculturalism? A Public Event

Forty years ago, Canada led the world in implementing a multiculturalism policy. Several other countries followed. Critics say, though, that multiculturalism promotes cultural relativism, undermines civic values and even undermines common Canadian values. However how true is this? Cultural diversity … Continue reading

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