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Do censorship laws favour lesbians over Christians?

Do censorship laws favour lesbians over Christians?

Jul 02 2013

On June 19, comedian Guy Earle (right) lost his appeal of a 2008 B.C. Human Rights Tribunal decision. The Tribunal found that Earle discriminated against Lorna Pardy during an open mic event for amateur stand-up comics. The story of what happened is difficult to piece together, but it seems that

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Mandatory professional development is window-dressing

Mandatory professional development is window-dressing

Jun 26 2013

The headline on a notice recently circulated by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) announced, “Two-year review of CPD Requirement confirms success, introduces enhancements.” As someone who had been skeptical about the value of mandatory CPD (Continuing Professional Development) from its inception, I was curious to see exactly how

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Suspended rights let cops rifle homes to seize rifles

Suspended rights let cops rifle homes to seize rifles

Jun 16 2013

High River homeowners are livid that their homes were searched by cops who seized their guns while they were blocked from returning to their properties, but politicians insist the police were justified because the flood “was an emergency.” Legal experts say our Charter rights are often in peril in times

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Get the picketers off my porch

Get the picketers off my porch

May 27 2013

As someone who regularly deals with contentious issues, I prefer to keep my address and telephone number unlisted. I don’t want to pick up my home phone, or answer a knock at my door and find one of the people who send me nasty emails ranting at me in person.

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Let the Teens Tan

Let the Teens Tan

Feb 24 2013

Should tanning salons be legally permitted to provide services to children and teenagers? Many people think they shouldn’t — but I say those people need to think twice. Oakville, Ont., for instance, recently enacted a municipal by-law prohibiting the commercial tanning of anyone under age 18. Nova Scotia and British

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When workplace discrimination becomes a valid choice

When workplace discrimination becomes a valid choice

Feb 18 2013

The Alberta Human Rights Tribunal recently ordered the Alberta Department of Human Services to provide employment for a 72-year-old woman who claimed she had been discriminated against on the on the basis of her age. The tribunal also awarded her 70% of her salary for the five years she didn’t

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Calgary’s proposed shark fin bylaw lurks in murky legal waters

Calgary’s proposed shark fin bylaw lurks in murky legal waters

Feb 06 2013

:ast July 16, Calgary city council voted to enact a bylaw to ban the distribution and sale of shark fins in Calgary. Ald. Brian Pincott brought the bylaw to council supported by a petition containing thousands of signatures. Ald. John Mar admonished Calgary’s Chinese-Canadians saying they may need to give

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The Canadian Man Charged for Defending Himself

The Canadian Man Charged for Defending Himself

Jan 04 2013

CCF supporters probably remember the case of Ian Thomson, the man in southern Ontario who awoke one morning in August, 2010 to find intruders firebombing his house. As an experienced firearms instructor, Thomson knew what to do: he got his gun out of the safe where it was stored and

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Alberta’s new Education Act protects local school boards from competition

Alberta’s new Education Act protects local school boards from competition

Dec 03 2012

Imagine a world where General Motors has to ask Ford’s permission to bring a new car to market. In such a scenario, GM spends its own resources in research and development, gauging consumer demand, and implementing new procedures for efficient manufacturing. GM’s competitor, Ford, does nothing. Now imagine that Ford

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