Supreme Court Decision Gives Some Mothers Reason to Celebrate

Twenty years after the Charter’s equality guarantee came into effect, the Supreme Court of Canada breathed some life into the concept of substantive equality as it pertains to bearing and caring for children. We might even look at this decision as coming full circle, back to 1989 when the Court first pronounced in Brooks v. […]

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Jurisdiction of Maternity and Parental Benefits Lies with the Provinces / Les prestations de materni

On January 27, 2004, the Quebec Court of Appeal ruled that the maternity benefits and parental benefits provisions of the Employment Insurance Act encroach upon provincial jurisdiction and are beyond the jurisdiction of the Parliament of Canada. This decision calls for action by us, since the funding of maternity leaves and parental leaves is a […]

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Commentary on Canada (Attorney General) v. Lesiuk

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Before becoming known by a section 15 Charter case bearing her name, Kelly Lesiuk was a registered nurse, and worked part-time in Brandon, Manitoba. She and her husband had a small child, and she was the primary caregiver. In 1997, her husband obtained employment in Winnipeg. Although they […]

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