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C-16 passes

On Nov. 18, the House of Commons passed Bill C-16, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code to include transgender rights in the country’s hate crimes and human rights laws. It was overwhelmingly passed on a voice vote -- that is, there is no record of who supported and opposed the bill. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said afterwards, “all Canadians should feel safe to be themselves. Our strength as a nation lies in our diversity ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario redefining family

Ontario redefining family

Gwen Landolt opposes Wynne government's redefining family relationships. Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government introduced Bill 28, the “All Families Are Equal Act,” which, if passed, will legally redefine “mother” and “father” as “parent” to accommodate homosexual couples who adopt or conceive children through artificial means. REAL Women vice president Gwen Landolt criticized the Ontario government for “ramming through a revolutionary bill to completely restructure ‘family’ relationships ... (Continue reading)

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Federal trans rights bill passes second reading

On Oct. 19, the Liberal government’s Bill C-16, which will amend the Canadian Human Rights Act, making it illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender identity and expression, passed second reading in a 248-40 vote. C-16 also amends the Criminal Code’s hate crime laws to include gender identity and gender expression so that crimes thought to be motivated by prejudice against individuals who self-identify as transgender and transsexual can face additional punishment. Among the 38 Conservatives joining the Liberals, NDP, and ... (Continue reading)

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Gay-Straight Alliances: the clash of religions

Gay-Straight Alliances: the clash of religions

Law Matters John Carpay Alberta’s education minister has launched a formal inquiry into two Edmonton-area Baptist schools, ostensibly to ensure a “welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) students.” This inquiry has its origins in Bill 10, passed in a matter of hours, without public consultation. This new law requires every school to set up and host a Gay-Straight Alliance ... (Continue reading)

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Progressive solecisms (Part II)

There is a certain intellectual consistency, at least, between the expedient fluidity of liberals’ positions on women, gays, and Islam, and their affectation that gender is a matter of private whim. For progressives, after all, neither words nor states of being are ever objectively fixed. Thus marriage is not a union between a man and a woman as determined by immemorial custom or law, but a gauzy and malleable concept to be defined and re-defined in accordance with the evolving ... (Continue reading)

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Feds hold national accessibility law consultations

Carla Qualtrough, who serves as the Minister for Sport and Persons with Disabilities, is holding consultations as she prepares to draft Canada’s first national accessibility legislation. The creation of such a law is referenced in her 2015 mandate letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outlining Qualtrough’s ministerial responsibilities. In September, Qualtrough was interviewed by Jonathan Charlton of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. Asked about the purpose of the legislation, the minister explained that it would require “businesses, service providers, program deliverers within federal ... (Continue reading)

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Progressive solecisms (Part I)

Progressive solecisms (Part I)

Barack Obama While reassuring the world that “it has nothing to do with Islam,” whenever the Mullahs behead infidels, massacre Christians, stone immodestly dressed women, and castrate gays (in the Middle East, if you want a sex-change operation, your local shariah council will provide it free of charge), President Barack Obama has finally drawn a line in the sand against intolerance and bigotry ... in the bathrooms of America. ... (Continue reading)

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REAL Women launches petition to protect freedom of religion

REAL Women of Canada has launched a petition calling on Parliament to counteract the “discrimination currently being experienced by Christians in Canada” and is gathering signatures for its September presentation in the House of Commons. The petition asks the government “to permit Christians to robustly exercise their religious beliefs and conscience rights,” which are protected under the Charter and the Canadian Bill of Rights. It requests that Parliament amend the Criminal Code sections governing assisted suicide and euthanasia and the “to ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario court rules against Christian law school

Ontario court rules against Christian law school

On June 29, the Ontario Court of Appeal allowed the Ontario legal profession to exclude graduates from Trinity Western University’s proposed law school. TWU, a British Columbia Christian university, said it will appeal the decision. The Law Society of Upper Canada said it would not permit graduates of TWU’s law school, which is not operational, because the private universities Community Covenant requires all students to follow traditional Christian moral sexuality, ... (Continue reading)

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Government introduces transgender bill

On May 16, whilst celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his government would introduce new “transgender rights” legislation, Bill C-16. This bill would enlarge the Criminal Code’s hate speech laws to include gender identity and expression, and make it illegal to bar a person from employment on these bases. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, who tabled the bill on May 17, did not comment on the possibility of the Liberals whipping the vote. This ... (Continue reading)

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Legislators must pass conscience rights laws

National Affairs Rory Leishman On Jan. 26, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario decreed that any physician who declines for reasons of conscience or religion to provide physician-assisted death upon request must promptly refer the patient to a readily available physician who has no compunction about killing a patient or assisting a patient in committing suicide. A similar rule is also in effect in Saskatchewan and ... (Continue reading)

Bishop Henry pushes back against Alberta NDP’s educational gender guidelines

Bishop Henry pushes back against Alberta NDP’s educational gender guidelines

Bishop Henry says gender guidelines are anti-Catholic. Alberta’s Ministry of Education issued guidelines on Jan. 13 to promote “learning environments that respect diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions” in schools. Alberta schools are required to submit draft policies that reflect the document (Guidelines for Best Practices: Creating Learning Environments that Respect Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Gender Expressions) by March 31. ... (Continue reading)

Quebec study illustrates need for baby born-alive law

Quebec study illustrates need  for baby born-alive law

Bioethicist John Haas clarifies church teaching on extraordinary medical care. A Quebec study showing a 20-fold increase since 2000 in the number of babies who survive abortion only to die in hospital demonstrates the need for a Canadian “born-alive infant protection law,” says the Toronto-based Campaign Life Coalition. The Quebec study, just published in Neonatology, studied 12,000-plus infant deaths between 1987 and ... (Continue reading)

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Toronto bans Christian group from city square

Toronto bans Christian group from city square

Voices of the Nations has been using city property since 2006 for an annual "multi denominational" event in which it celebrates Christianity through live music and dance. It has ... (Continue reading)

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Freedom of speech precarious on campus despite improvements

Freedom of speech precarious on campus despite improvements

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms has released its latest annual report examining free speech on Canadian public university campuses. Issued on Oct. 28, the 2015 Campus Freedom Index assigns four grades (from A to F) per university. Each institution receives a grade for university policies, university practices, student union policies, and student union practices. Only eight As were awarded in 2015 (three As more than in 2014). A total ... (Continue reading)

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