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Articles | Case Littlewood, Student Researcher | June 26, 2020
Are Protests Illegal in Alberta? Charter Issues with Bill 1

Category: Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2), Equality Rights (Section 15)

In February 2020, amidst protests across the country interfering with railways and pipeline construction, the Government of Alberta introduced the Critical Infrastructure Defence Act. More commonly known as Bill 1, it outlaws interference with “essential infrastructure”. Several commentators oppose the Bill, arguing it violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. A group of professors from the University of Calgary called on the Government to recognize “that Bill 1 violates the Charter”. This article will summarise the Bill and analyze some of the key ways in which it may violate the Charter.

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Positive and Negative Rights

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2), Equality Rights (Section 15), Minority Language Education Rights (Section 23)

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Some constitutional rights outline the activities that the government must do, while other constitutional rights outline the activities that the […]

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Analogous Grounds

Category: The Charter, Equality Rights (Section 15)

The equal rights guarantee under section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is an inclusive one, in the sense that equality is guaranteed not only on the enumerated grounds […]

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Equality Through Affirmative Action – Section 15(2)

Category: The Charter, Equality Rights (Section 15)

15 (1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without […]

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Equality Rights

Category: The Charter, Equality Rights (Section 15)

Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states: (1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit […]

Articles | Julia Amelio | June 18, 2019
Equal Pay for Equal Work? Not in Alberta

Category: The Charter, Equality Rights (Section 15)

Introduction Students aged 13 to 17 will soon have to accept a lower minimum wage than the rest of Alberta workers. The Government of Alberta recently amended the Alberta Employment Standards […]

Articles | Chenoa Sly | October 19, 2018
Dismantling the Safe Third Country Agreement

Category: The Charter, Legal Rights (Sections 7-14), Equality Rights (Section 15)

Introduction There are increasing calls on the Canadian government to suspend, and then end the Safe Third Country Agreement between Canada and the United States. These calls have been prompted by recent […]

Articles | Nathaniel Gartke | July 17, 2018
Two options for pay equity: complete compensation or no laws at all

Category: The Charter, Equality Rights (Section 15)

On May 10, 2018, the Supreme Court released two decisions about challenges to pay equity laws in Quebec.[1] Several unions challenged two provisions in the pay equity laws claiming they  violated equality […]

Articles | Coleman Brinker | July 10, 2017
Sex, religion, and a private university pave a bumpy road to the Supreme Court

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2), Equality Rights (Section 15)

There is nothing like sex and religion to ignite a heated debate. Once again, such a debate has found its way to the courtroom and is scheduled to be heard […]

Articles | Coleman Brinker | July 5, 2017
When Charter Rights Collide: Trinity Western University at the British Columbia Court of Appeal

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2), Equality Rights (Section 15)

What happens when two rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms[1], such as equality rights and the freedom of religion, come into conflict with each […]

Articles | Dorian Simonneaux | June 2, 2016
O Canada: in all of us command?

Category: The Charter, Equality Rights (Section 15)

The lyrics to “O Canada” are considered by some to be immutable, an integral part of Canadian identity. Yet throughout their history they have not been spared from significant amendment.[1] […]

Speakers and Panels | November 8, 2013
The Fight for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equality in Canada – Pt. 4 Q & A

Category: Equality Rights (Section 15), Videos, Speakers and Panels

Question and answer with Delwin Vriend, Barbara Findlay QC, and Dr. Kris Wells.

Speakers and Panels | November 8, 2013
The Fight for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equality in Canada – Part 3

Category: Equality Rights (Section 15), Videos, Speakers and Panels

Dr. Kris Wells of the Institute for Minority Studies and Services speaks about sexual minority rights in education.

Speakers and Panels | November 8, 2013
The Fight for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equality in Canada – Part 1

Category: Equality Rights (Section 15), Videos, Speakers and Panels

Delwin Vriend reflects on his landmark case (Vriend v Alberta) which resulted in inclusion of sexual orientation as a protected ground in Alberta’s Human Rights Legislation.

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