Quebec religious symbols ban: CCLA responds

The Quebec government announced yesterday that, under its proposed Charter of Values, “overt and conspicuous” religious symbols and religious garments would be banned from public service offices.

This would mean no burkas, turbans, hijabs, and other such religious wear permitted amongst those providing or receiving service in schools, courts, daycares, and other government-run workplaces.

Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, director of [...]

The Quebec religious symbols ban: CCLA discusses the risks

News broke this week that Quebec’s Parti Quebecois government has proposed a ban on religious symbols in all government buildings.  This would include hospitals, schools, and publicly funded offices. As a highly-respected voice on rights and freedoms in Canada, CCLA shared its views on the issue with the national media.

Supreme Court of Canada Upholds Hate Speech Provisions

The Supreme Court of Canada has rendered its long-awaited decision in  Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission v. William Whatcott, et al. and upheld the constitutionality of hate speech provisions in the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code.  The CCLA had intervened in the case to argue that the section – s. 14(1)(b) – is unconstitutional under section 2(b) of the [...]

CCLA Before Ontario Human Rights Tribunal on Bible Distribution in Schools

The CCLA is intervening in R.C. v. District School Board of Niagara, a case proceeding before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal in St. Catharines on February 5 and 6, 2013.  A parent of a child in the Niagara School Board, R.C., complained to the Human Rights Tribunal about the School Board’s policy of allowing the [...]

Supreme Court Rules on Niqab in Courtroom

The Supreme Court has rendered its decision in the case of R. v. N.S., which considered whether a sexual assault complainant could testify in Court while wearing a niqab for religious reasons.  One of the accused in the case argued that the niqab could not be worn as this would affect the ability of his [...]