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SCC Upholds Anti-Hate Provisions in Saskatchewan Human Rights Law

On February 27th, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the main anti-hate provisions in Saskatchewan’s human rights law, ruling that the anti-gay speech in flyers distributed by Christian activist William Whatcott is not protected by the Charter. In the process,…

Ambassador for Religious Freedom Appointment Raises Criticisms

Approximately two years after making his promise to name Canada’s first Ambassador for Religious Freedom, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is set to the announcement Tuesday at a Toronto-area mosque and community centre. Harper has invited representatives of a diverse array…

Federal Court Rules Employers Cannot Discriminate Based on Family Obligations

The Federal Court has ruled in a landmark decision that employers cannot discriminate against employees with family obligations. Federal Court Justice Leonard Mandamin wrote, “I find there was evidence before the tribunal supporting its conclusion that Ms. Johnston [the plaintiff]…

SCC Upholds Quebec Law Denying Common Law Partners From Receiving Spousal Support

Canada’s highest court, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC), has ruled that Quebec can continue to exclude separated common law couples from receiving spousal support. A majority found that the exclusion does violate the Charter right to equality, s. 15.…