Marriage, Homophobia, and Substantive Equality

Marriage, Homophobia, and Substantive Equality Mariage, homophobie et égalité véritable The unanimous decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Reference re Same-Sex Marriage came as no surprise to anybody – or at least to those familiar with the Court’s obligations in interpreting and applying Charter rights and freedoms, and the relative ease that it…

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Political Parity and the Charter of Rights

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Notes prepared for the “Stages of Citizenship ” Conference, University of Ottawa, November 2-3, 2000 Women’s underrepresentation in politics is a well-known fact. It is a historical phenomenon, which remains characteristic of all modern democratic systems. Currently, only 21% of Canadian MP’s are women. This disparity has many…

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Women and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

The Honourable Bertha Wilson’s keynote address to NAWL’s Tenth Biennial Conference Healing the Past, Forming the Future. [pdf-embedder url=”https://nawl.ca/wp-content/uploads/1993/02/ISBN0929049756.pdf” title=”Women and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms”]…

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Brief to the Legislative Committee on Bill C-43, An Act Respecting Abortion

This brief explains in detail why Bill C-43 is fundamentally flawed. Some of the reasons are that this is an inappropriate use of the criminal law, that it will open a door to legal harassment of women and doctors and that its provisions violate women’s Charter rights. [pdf-embedder url=”https://nawl.ca/wp-content/uploads/1990/02/ISBN0929049489.pdf” title=”Brief to the Legislative Committee on…

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A Response to Crimes Against the Foetus, the Law Reform Commission of Canada’s Working Paper #58

Takes issue with the Law Reform Commission’s proposal to create a crime of harm to or destruction of the foetus. Argues that the commission fails its own test for the criminalization of behaviour and that the commission displays little understanding of women’s rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. [pdf-embedder url=”https://nawl.ca/wp-content/uploads/1989/11/ISBN0929049470.pdf” title=”A Response…

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A Brief Submitted to the Special Committee on Child Care

To fulfil the Charter’s guarantee of equal protection and benefit of the law, the government must provide child care. Discusses cost-sharing between the provincial and federal governments and gives analysis, with recommendations for improvement regarding funding, unemployment programmes and child care centres.…

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DANGER, KEEP OUT! Exclusionary Hiring Practices by Employers, Reproductive Hazards at Work

Examination of the issue of hiring practices that exclude women due to workplace hazards to reproductive capacity; review of reported cases, examination of human rights policy issues, discussion of Charter impact. Presented to Labour Canada. [pdf-embedder url=”https://nawl.ca/wp-content/uploads/1985/03/ISBN0920853765.pdf” title=”DANGER, KEEP OUT! Exclusionary Hiring Practices by Employers, Reproductive Hazards at Work”]…

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