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NB will review Abortion Policy

Dr. Henry Morgentaler has been granted the ability, by the NB Court of Appeal, to launch a lawsuit against the New Brunswick government on behalf of women seeking abortions. At the Trial level the court decided that Morgentaler could not bring this lawsuit that the women seeking abortion had to. But the Court of Appeal [...]

Op-Ed: Stop School Bullying Now!

For the past two months, we have seen so many tragic reports of gay teenager suicides in the US and Canada mostly due to school bullying against them. The issue, however, is not new. I still remember the day when I heard the heartbreaking news of Matthew Shepard who was tortured and murdered in Wyoming [...]

Canada Looking at Enacting Tougher Refugee Law

Seemingly in response to the 490 Sri Lankan refugees found off the coast of BC in August of this year, Bill C-49 has been put into first reading in the House.

The Bill is aimed at giving government more legal power to punish Human Smugglers that are circumventing the traditional refugee application process. However, opponents to [...]

Canadian National Railway asks Federal Court to Review Duty to Accommodate

Canadian National Railway this week asked the Federal Court to review a decision made last month by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal [CHRT]. In its decision, the CHRT found that Canadian National had a duty to accommodate three mothers who were fired as a result of their refusal to relocate from Jasper, Alberta to Vancouver.

Progess Still Needed on Women’s Issues in NB.

While gathering for the 10th anniversary of the World March for Women, New Brunswick’s minister for the status of women, Margaret-Ann Blaney, comments on the progress made on women’s issues over the past decade. Blaney stated that “over the last ten years equity in pay has gone from 24 percent to 13.3”. Her department also [...]

Guilty verdict in Vancouver gay-bashing case highlights progress, struggle

The conviction of a man accused of a brutal attack on a patron at a Vancouver bar frequented by members of the gay community has been welcomed as a demonstration for changing attitudes; but also a somber reminder of the danger gays face in Canada’s so-called “gay-bashing capital of Canada”

Shawn Woodward [...]

Montreal paper on defensive over cartoon

Montreal paper Le Metropole is hot water following a cartoon featuring  an exaggerated  depiction Hasidic Jew in a taxi that asks if such vehicles may be called “synagogues.”

The cartoon itself is in response to the case of Mr. Arieh Perecowicz, a Montreal taxi driver who was recently fined for filling his cab with a number [...]

Student fails fitness test, CEGEP withholds diploma

A Quebec student and his sister are launching a lawsuit against their CEGEP.  The school withheld the students’ diplomas after they failed a cardio-vascular fitness test required to graduate.  According to the Montreal Gazette, the students have met the Education Ministry’s requirements for graduation and the fitness test requirement is imposed by the CEGEP.  Read more.

Toronto mayoral candidate endorsed by anti-Pride pastor

The Toronto Star is reporting that Rob Ford has won the endorsement of fundamentalist pastor Wendell Brereton. Mr. Brereton has been openly critical of homosexuality and gay marriage, his website stating: “”My kind of Toronto doesn’t parade immorality and call it pride.”

Ford declared his approval of Mr. Brereton’s platform, but stopped short of voicing support [...]

Growing criticism over new employment bill

The Toronto Star reports a groundswell of opposition to Bill 68,  a proposed change to Ontario employment law which would require workers to confront employers before launching workplace grievance proceedings.

Critics argue that the “mandatory self-enforcement” approach would negatively affect all Ontario workers, especially those in low-paying temp-jobs and newcomers with language barriers. The Parkdale legal [...]