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Op Ed: Proposed TTC strike ban erodes workers' rights

Now that he’s in office, Toronto mayor Rob Ford is taking vigorous steps to fulfill his campaign promises – now in the case of banning TTC strikes.

At his business council meeting on December 16, Ford succeeded in persuading Toronto city councillors on a 28-17 vote to ask the province to declare the TTC an essential [...]

Op Ed: Balancing Security With Religious Freedom: Sikh Men Denied Entry to National Assembly

On January 18th of this year, Quebec’s National Assembly refused entry to four Sikh men, ironically coming to appear at a conference on reasonable accommodations, when they refused to remove their Kirpans (A Kirpan is a religious object shaped as a knife). Keeping the Kirpan is to many devout Sikhs a religious obligation in the [...]

Op-ed: Nos libertés civiles sont plus qu'une «porte de sortie» !

Le 29 septembre 2009, la Cour du Québec a acquitté M. Monseau des accusations portées contre lui de production et possession de cannabis après avoir accueilli une requête en exclusion de la preuve[1] fondée sur les articles 8, 9, et 24 de la Charte canadienne des droits et libertés[2].

Le juge de première instance, l’honorable  [...]

Op Ed - Lack of Police Accountability: Breaking the Internal Culture of the SIU

There is not enough police accountability in Ontario. Where a police officer shoots a civilian, there are usually few consequences. More likely than not, the police officer will be cleared and there will be no penalty for their actions. In my opinion, the problem is that the OPP and its oversight agency, the Special Investigations [...]

Op Ed: Ontario gambling facilities adding new facial recognition system

The Toronto Star reported yesterday that the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) plans to digitally scan the faces of people entering all of their gaming facilities through a new facial recognition program.

Starting in May, OLG intends to exclude self-identified problem gamblers, who have placed themselves on a “banned” list, through a Biometrics Encryption program [...]

Op Ed: Canadian Museum for Human Rights Stuck in Game of Political Correctness Concerning Featured Atrocities

Every victim wants their story to be acknowledged.  And to satisfy political correctness, no one group wants their story to be held above those of others.  As a result, the advisory committee behind the content of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, currently under construction in Winnipeg, has been cornered into a game of politics concerning what will and won’t be [...]

Op-Ed: Alberta’s diagnostic codes finally changed to reflect modern times

In late 2010, a change was made to the diagnostic codes that are used in Alberta by doctors to bill the province for treating patients – a change that should have been made long ago.

On December 22, 2010, Alberta Health Minister Gene Zwozdesky ordered homosexuality removed from this diagnostic guide.  Homosexuality was listed under “Mental [...]

Op-Ed: Anyone who remembers being a teenager recalls what it means to be told you have to sleep at night and awake at dawn...

The Times Colonist reported today that Justice Keith Bracken of the BC Supreme Court has found the prohibition of erection of temporary shelters during the day in public parks to be a reasonable limit on individual freedoms. David Arthur Johnston set out to make a point by setting up camp beside City Hall in Centennial [...]

Op ed: Alberta passes legislation to

Partially in response to the heavily criticized and lengthy (try 5 years) process of dealing with police complaints in the “homeless relocation” case, the Alberta government has passed new legislation. The new legislation announced by Solicitor General Frank Oberle will attempt to streamline the complaint process by limiting the scope of potential complainers and giving [...]

Op-ed: No by-laws can deter homelessness or mental health problems.

The popular approach to dealing with problems in Victoria lately has been to push them out of sight using by-laws and questionably enforceable community agreements. No one wants to appear to encourage unsafe public behaviour. Unfortunately, prohibiting camping doesn’t end homelessness, and shutting down needle exchanges doesn’t cure drug addiction.