Category Archives: Fundamental Human Rights

The Convenience of Covenants: Getting Around Your Rights and Liberties

RMCLA is often asked, “What are the differences between human rights and civil liberties, and how far can my liberties be restricted?” One way to think of fundamental human rights are that these are the rights protected by law and … Continue reading

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Wake up and Smell the Civil Liberties!

July 5, 2017, Calgary, AB – Let me begin by stating in no uncertain terms that I do not condone the killing of anyone, for any reason. Nor do I condone the conscription of children into their parent’s wars. I … 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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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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Slow down, let cool heads prevail

History tells us the worst laws are hastily made in the heat of crisis. It is far too easy to create greater police powers, while our civil liberties are eroded in the process. Speed can be a dangerous thing in … 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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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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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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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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