Views from the Beltline: Islamophobia—what’s in a word?

Words don’t always mean what they say. For example, anti-Semitism says “against Semites,” but it means “against Jews,” who actually only make up a small part of the Semite community. Yet confusion never arises because the word has become so firmly established as meaning anti-Jew. That is not the case with the word “Islamophobia,” defined ...

Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Employment Law

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Tuesday January 24, 2017. Today we are talking about Employment Law. A video posted by Wise Law Office (@wiselaw) on Jan 24, 2017 at 6:44am PST Under Ontario’s Human Rights Code, where discrimination or harassment has been proven the Tribunal can award significant remedies to employees. ...

Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Employment Law

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Tuesday January 17, 2017. Today we are talking about Employment Law. A video posted by Wise Law Office (@wiselaw) on Jan 17, 2017 at 7:03am PST Ontario employees are prohibited from discrimination and harassment against any employee. Employers may not discriminate on the basis of race, ...

Against the Grain: The Vultures of False Equivalency Descend

I really shouldn’t be surprised that even the much beloved Humans of New York decided it was Trump supporters who needed to be humanized in the wake of at least ~700 hate crimes committed in the past 3 days targeting almost entirely minorities.   Okay, so, I have some thoughts. Commentators rushed forth to declare ...

Against the Grain: Vocabulary’s got nothin’ to do with it

Content Notice: Victim blaming, trans-antagonism, reclamation of t-word slur Perhaps it was good fortune that I caught a bug and started drowning in my lungs. I recognized earlier this week that I was very tense from working back-to-back for such a protracted period of time and even though I earmarked some time this weekend to ...

Against the Grain: What happens in the US doesn’t stay in the US

The question of what America’s progressives are going to do next is a complex one. There are many US analysts attempting to dissect the bloated carcass of the 2016 election and for my part I’m probably going to take a while to really take stock in terms of action in the United States. I’ve started ...

Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Employment Law

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Tuesday August 30, 2016. Today we are talking about Employment Law. A video posted by Wise Law Office (@wiselaw) on Aug 30, 2016 at 7:05am PDT Ontario employers are prohibited from discrimination and harassment against any employee. Employers may not discriminate on the basis of race, ...

Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Employment Law

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Tuesday August 30, 2016. Today we are talking about Employment Law. A video posted by Wise Law Office (@wiselaw) on Aug 30, 2016 at 7:05am PDT Ontario employers are prohibited from discrimination and harassment against any employee. Employers may not discriminate on the basis of race, ...

Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Employment Law

Here is you daily LawFact from Wise Law for Tuesday April 12, 2016. Today we are talking about Employment Law. A video posted by @wiselaw on Apr 12, 2016 at 6:14am PDT Ontario employees are prohibited from discrimination and harassment against any employee. Employers may not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, citizenship, ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Not Coffee You Dirty Sodomites!

Get out the duct tape!  You’ll need it to keep your jaw from hitting the floor over how amazingly absurd this fine christian preacher is.  Because people are protesting outside of his church they must be Sodomites and by extension the coffee that they are serving must be infused with semen. Yes, I know.  So ...

The Canadian Progressive: International Youth Day: Youth and Mental Illness

by: Public Service Alliance of Canada | Posted Thu. Aug 13, 2014 August 12 is International Youth Day, a day endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999 in a resolution upon the recommendation by the World Conference of Minsters Responsible for Youth.  This year’s theme is “Youth and Mental Health.” The Public Service Alliance of Canada ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Much Ado About Religious Accommodation

Much is being made of a decision by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) managers at Toronto’s Pearson airport to allow a small group of Hindu priests to avoid screening by female border guards to comply with their religious beliefs. Apparently some female CBSA officers feel that they were discriminated against by this decision. I could ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Much Ado About Religious Accommodation

Much is being made of a decision by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) managers at Toronto’s Pearson airport to allow a small group of Hindu priests to avoid screening by female border guards to comply with their religious beliefs. Apparently some female CBSA officers feel that they were discriminated against by this decision. I could ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: When Is A Policy A Non-Policy?

When it involves the Catholic Independent Schools of Vancouver Archdiocese making a policy on "accommodating" transgender students. At first glance, this almost seems like a reasonable document.  There are lots of "The schools shall do this" and "shall provide that" statements, and it almost looks as though they made reasonably well informed effort. Almost?  Why ...

Melissa Fong: National Anthem: A poem; “Year of reconciliation? Prove it.”

A poem on our state of denial.

Wise Law Blog: Section 46.1 of the Ontario Human Rights Code: Civil Remedies for Human Rights Claims:

BY SIMRAN BAKSHI, STUDENT-AT-LAW, WISE LAW OFFICEThe enactment of section 46.1 of the Ontario Human Rights Code in June of 2008 provided for a much-awaited civil remedy for human rights claims. The expectation was that a number of human rights cases, particularly those closely related to a civil cause of action would be diverted to ...

Politics, Re-Spun: IKEA: Swedish for Discrimination Against Workers

Values, discrimination, the Swedish way: all these ideas are in the mix as stakeholders of IKEA’s treatment of workers express how they feel about IKEA’s plan to break its union in Richmond, BC. We’ve been writing about this new front line in Canada’s war against workers for months now. But the members of Teamsters Local ...

Art Threat: Children 404: help fund a film exposing Russia’s crackdown on LGBTQ youth

In the Fall of 2013 a Russian documentary filmmaker contacted numerous LGBTQ activists and filmmakers in Canada and the United States with whom they had worked with in previous years to screen their films. The message they sent was a request to help fund a film that they believe desperately needs to be made: a ...

drive-by planet: Pavlos Fissas’ accused killer Giorgos Roupakias had Golden Dawn links: killing adds fuel to Greek anti-austerity protests

 Top: Killah_P  Beneath: Suspect Giorgos Roupakias in custody and shrine at killing site On September 17, Greek hip-hop artist Pavlos Fissas aka Killah P was stabbed to death in the Amfiali/Keratsini neighborhood of Piraeus (about 10 miles from downtown Athens). He was ambushed by neo-Nazis linked to the far-right Golden Dawn party. According to eye ...

Dead Wild Roses: Russia: The Westboro Baptist of Nations

Ms.Betty Bowers thoughts on the 2014 Olympics. Filed under: Ethics, Gender Issues, International Affairs Tagged: bigotry, discrimination, Olympics, Russia

THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Bottom Line on the Parti Québécois Proposed Values Charter

I was going to write a long blog post on this but since so much has been written about it I think this captures the spirit and intent of the proposal succinctly. The bottom line on Quebec’s proposed values charter is that you can visit a hospital named after a saint with a crucifix in ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Bottom Line on the Parti Québécois Proposed Values Charter

I was going to write a long blog post on this but since so much has been written about it I think this captures the spirit and intent of the proposal succinctly. The bottom line on Quebec’s proposed values charter is that you can visit a hospital named after a saint with a crucifix in ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: What UBC and SMU’s rape chant scandals say about women in the Canadian economy

The news of UBC Sauder Business School students chanting about rape of underage girls during a FROSH week event has generated much outrage. As it should. While the chant might seem like an isolated incident, it is not. The recent rape chant scandals in UBC and in St Mary’s University in Halifax are evidence of ...

Politics and its Discontents: Quebec’s Purity Values Charter

The following is reported in today’s Vancouver Sun about Quebec’s impending purity values charter: The Quebec government has released plans for a “values charter” that would impose unique-in-North America restrictions on religious clothing for employees at all government institutions starting with schools, hospitals and courts. If adopted by the legislature, the plan would apply to ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Creating Hierarchies of Rights

Recently, we have had a series of stories where there have been arguments put forth that there should be “exemptions” in non-discrimination laws for religious beliefs. Yesterday’s column by Licia Corbella in the Calgary Herald positively oozed with a smug sense of religious entitlement, and attempted to hold atheists responsible for the acts of some ...