Category Archives: Freedom of Religion

Physician vs Patient: When Rights Collide

In January 2018, Ontario’s Divisional Court released its decision in a case called The Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada v College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, 2018 ONSC 579 (CanLII). The Divisional Court dismissed a constitutional challenge … Continue reading

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Canada’s Right-to-Die Legislation

“We respect your religious views, but they cannot, in a secular society, trump our clients’ constitutional rights.” Joe Arvay, lawyer, responding to religious testimony in the Supreme Court of Canada’s hearing on assisted death On February 6, 2015 the Supreme … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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