Category Archives: Equal Rights

Parenting and Polyamory: What is in the Child’s Best Interests?

In an April 4, 2018 judgment the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court awarded a declaratory order pursuant to section 7 of the Children’s Law Act that three persons be named parents of one child. The current legislation in the province … 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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Open Letter regarding Alberta Education’s Guidelines to Respect Diverse Sexual Orientations

Today I read with great interest Bishop Henry’s letter concerning the Minister of Education, Hon. David Eggen’s, requirement that Board Chairs of Public, Separate, Francophone and Charter School Boards respect diversity and foster a sense of belonging across Alberta such … 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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Legislation to assist First Nations risks discrimination

Alberta recently introduced the Aboriginal Consultation Levy Act to provide the Province with additional funds to balance the amount of public monies granted to assist First Nations and “other identified aboriginal groups”(which have not yet been identified) in planning and … 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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Evaluating Canada’s Human Rights Situation: The UN Universal Periodic Review” or “Universal Periodic Review: Why Should You Get Involved?

As a Canadian, if you travel to another country and tell people that you are Canadian, chances are that you will receive warm words about Canada — how the people are so friendly, how it is so safe in Canada, … 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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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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