Left Over: A Secular Choice…..and the Right to Choose

Niqab controversy: Judge struck down ban without referring to charter Zunera Ishaq, a Pakistani woman and devout Muslim, seeks to wear niqab during citizenship oath By Mark Gollom, CBC News Posted: Mar 16, 2015 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 16, 2015 5:20 AM ET An intelligent decision by this judge, based not on the erroneous ...

CuriosityCat: Abortion: Why Trudeau’s decision on pro-choice candidates is a good one

Justin Trudeau: Decisive Ever since Justin Trudeau’s team came out with the announcement that anti-abortion supporters need not bother to run as candidates for the nomination of Liberal MPs in the coming election, the right wing has had a field day trying to make hay out of this single straw. Take the absurdity that Robyn ...

Cowichan Conversations: Do Canadians Have The Legal Right To Film and Photograph Police Activities?

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger It seems to be commonplace today that police actions are filmed. Often they appear on blogs and You Tube. Are you allowed to do that? Is it interfering, impeding or unlawful to do so? Do the police have the right to seize your camera, look at what you took or tell you ...

CuriosityCat: Quebec & De-facto Spouses: Canada’s Supreme Court finding pushes us back into the Dark Ages

Madam Justice Abella The Supreme Court upholding of legislation in the province of Quebec which does not give any person in a de-facto spousal (common-law) relationship any rights to support or matrimonial property is a regressive step in the relationships of couples in that province. The effect of the decision is aptly summed up by ...

CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau: A Political Tinkerer or a man with a Bold Vision for Canada?

Lawrence Martin in today’s Globe & Mail raises a very important question about what Justin Trudeau might do to change the system: Idealism is the currency of the young and, if Justin Trudeau is to succeed and the Liberal Party to have new life, a new sense of it is essential. His appeal should be ...

350 or bust: Quebec Shows The Rest Of Canada What Democracy Looks Like

Hundreds of thousands of people poured into Montreal’s streets last night to show their displeasure at the provincial government’s draconian anti-protest law, Loi #78. Watching the action on Twitter last night, it was fascinating (and disturbing) to see the hashtag #casseroles start trending after people, many of them middle-aged and older, came “armed” with pots ...

CuriosityCat: Liberal Party of Canada needs to re-think its approach to Quebec

Our currentPrime Minister has an amazing take on the history of the repatriation of theConstitution, and is reluctant to celebrate our magnificent Charter of Rightsand Freedoms because he think’s it might upset some people in Quebec. The new NDPleader jumped on the same bandwagon that the separatists set rolling, buyinginto the myth that the Constitution ...

Slap Upside The Head: Alberta Party Pushes For Anti-Gay “Conscience Rights”

    The Wildrose Party, a socially-conservative provincial party hoping to wrestle power away from Alberta’s current conservative government, is defending its election platform against some pretty serious criticism this month. The policy is pretty far to the right of the political spectrum, even by Alberta’s standards. One contentious point in particular, though, involves the ...