On May 25th, 2020, the City of Calgary passed the Prohibited Businesses Bylaw that prohibits the practice of “conversion therapy”. Conversion therapy is any form of treatment that seeks to change someone’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The therapy can take the form of talk therapy, behavioural or aversion therapy, spiritual prayer, exorcism, and medical or drug-based treatments.
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.
On 9 April 2020, the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) filed a lawsuit against the Government of Alberta alleging the Government violated the rights of the AMA and its members by unilaterally terminating a contract between the AMA and the Government. The AMA represents physicians in Alberta, with one of its key roles being to negotiate with the Government on their behalf. They claim the Government of Alberta violated their members’ Charter right to freedom of association. This right protects employees’ ability to bargain collectively with employers – allowing employees to negotiate with employers more effectively.
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