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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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‘Conflicting Rights’ Implies a Phony Right

‘Conflicting Rights’ Implies a Phony Right

Nov 22 2012

A spokesman for the Ontario Human Rights Commission has finally admitted what was obvious to any thinking person from the very inception of the Human Rights Code: namely, that the code would eventually start generating numerous problems over so-called “conflicting rights.” The admission can be found in Little fence on

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Ontario needs a commitment to language freedom

Ontario needs a commitment to language freedom

Nov 12 2012

It really shouldn’t be news when a government stands up for the constitutional liberties of its citizens, but the sad truth is that these days, governments are more often found violating individual liberty than defending it. That’s why the actions of the municipal council in eastern Ontario’s South Stormont Township

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The court case that changed everything

The court case that changed everything

Oct 22 2012

Eighty-three years ago this month, on Oct. 18, 1929, the British Empire’s senior jurist, Lord Chancellor John Sankey, ruled that “The British North America Act planted in Canada a living tree capable of growth and expansion within its natural limits.” The way the Supreme Court sees it, these words give

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No warrant required for bylaw officers in Ontario

No warrant required for bylaw officers in Ontario

Sep 21 2012

Loretta Newton was home alone sleeping on her couch in Cambridge, Ont., when she was awakened by several men pressing their faces against her backyard window. Startled, she jumped off her couch to get to the phone to call her husband John, dislodging a medical tube in her breast. She

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The slippery slope of Kate Middleton’s breasts

The slippery slope of Kate Middleton’s breasts

Sep 19 2012

If Catherine Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, had been wearing even the teensiest bikini top while sunning herself at a secluded villa in southern France, the world would not now be in an uproar over photos published by the French magazine Closer and the Italian newspaper Chi. The fact that

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