Category Archives: Freedom of Expression

Questions Regarding Bill C51

The following questions were sent to all Federal leaders and all candidates in Alberta, representing the Conservative, Liberal, and New Democratic Parties. The questions referred to 2015 changes to the Canadian Security Intelligence Act, Secure Air Travel Act, and Security … Continue reading

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Change still required for greater respect of civil liberties in Alberta

Has Alberta’s Civil Liberties World Changed? Following the win of the New Democratic Party and change of government in Alberta, we have been asked if the mood about various civil liberties issues in Alberta has changed, especially by government officials. … 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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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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Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression and Collective Bargaining – Are there Justifiable Limits?

Linda McKay-Panos   For several years, public service employees have been restricted in their right to strike, in order to preserve their “essential” services. However, some argue that recent changes to Alberta’s public service labour legislation unjustifiably interfere with several … 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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Freedom of Conscience – What it Means for Canadians

While the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (“Charter”) s. 2(a) provides that “everyone has the right of freedom of conscience and religion”, the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) has only ever heard cases that primarily engage freedom of religion. … Continue reading

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Get tough on free speech!

It seems the current trend to squelch free speech, and in particular dissenting views, is on the rise in Canada. Whether you are a scientist working to investigate the potential effects of climate change, a church member speaking out for … Continue reading

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Bill C-30 is a significant threat to Canadians’ personal freedoms

The federal Bill C-30 (“An Act to enact the Investigating and Preventing Criminal Electronic Communications Act and to amend the Criminal Code and other Acts“), is a significant threat to personal freedoms in Canada. It is especially threatening to freedom … Continue reading

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