Category Archives: Fundamental Human Rights

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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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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Religious Only Schools in Morinville may Violate Constitutional Guarantees

Many parents and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association are concerned about the situation in Morinville and Legal, Alberta, where the local option of public secular school for the town’s children remains out of reach.  The CCLA notes there is only … Continue reading

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Protests and civil liberties: Experiences in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver

The RMCLA event comparing policing at the Calgary G8, the Vancouver Olympics, and the Toronto G20 is now publicly available for viewing. See:

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Saskatchewan Marriage Commissioner’s Case may have implications for Alberta

The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal released its decision on the Government of Saskatchewan’s proposed legislative amendments that would allow marriage commissioners to refuse for reasons of religious conscience to perform same sex marriages. The case is said to have implications … Continue reading

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