Civil Rights

Having Rights Does Not Mean the Privilege to Discriminate

Kelly Ernst | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Alberta
Kelly Ernst

Parents, teachers, trustees, religious leaders, and political leaders have a special responsibility to protect children from abuse, including bullying. We know that GSAs help greatly in this regard. No one has the privilege or right to perpetuate or facilitate emotional abuse against a vulnerable group of children. The consequences for doing so are immense. It is morally and ethically wrong.

Alberta Continues to Erect Human Rights Fences

Kelly Ernst | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Alberta
Kelly Ernst

Bill 10 as a response to Bill 202 makes it clear that students can have any range of clubs they wish, except if it applies to homosexuals, then restrictions apply. Such clubs require school board approval and there is no guarantee that approvals will occur. If a school board or its parents are intolerant in anyway, a board can easily disapprove any homosexual tolerating clubs.

Let's Slow Down Before We Erode Our Civil Liberties With New Laws

Kelly Ernst | Posted 10.30.2014 | Canada Politics
Kelly Ernst

History tells us the worst laws are hastily made in the heat of crisis. It is far too easy to create greater police powers, while our civil liberties are eroded in the process. Speed can be a dangerous thing in this regard. It would be premature to enact laws when not all the facts are known.

Why There Shouldn't Be Breathalyzers at Prom

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Recently, the principal of a large high school in Toronto announced, with the approval of the parent council, that all students attending this year's prom would be subject to a breathalyzer test. The belief that we set everything else aside when safety is our concern, means that we could find ourselves subject to the most egregious measures, so long as we believe that the intention of such measures is safety. A school prom is not just another party. It is a special rite of passage, like a graduation ceremony. What students wear, who they go with, what music they will dance to are all planned even years in advance. So telling students that if they don't want to be searched, they can just stay home is deeply unfair.

Black History Month Deepens Racism's Roots

Reid Price | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada
Reid Price

Now that Black History Month is over (didn't take long) I feel more comfortable in saying that I very much dislike it. Black people are more than a month, and are more than several prominent black figures. Black history should be a regular part of educational curriculum and media programming, yet it is differentiated and set aside, just as black people were not so long ago. How is this good?

Why Dissent is Important

Benjamin Morris | Posted 04.26.2014 | Canada Alberta
Benjamin Morris

You're a prisoner in your own home. Not able to fall asleep from the gunfire down the street, you fear that your house is next. You protested a new law that gave even more power to a despotic government. One of your friends was murdered, another was raped. This is a fear that has not played out in the western world. We have security, peace, and far more freedom than others.

Nelson Mandela: A Towering Figure of Our Time

Hassan Arif | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada Impact
Hassan Arif

Mandela was a towering figure of our time, a key person in the struggles for human rights and social justice. The 20th century was a century that saw some of the worse violence in human history, two world wars, brutal dictatorships, colonization of developing countries by imperial powers, and threat of nuclear war.

Martin Luther King III Embraces His Family's Legacy to Fight For Change

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Martin Luther King III, son of iconic American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., had a legacy violently forced upon him. When he was ten years old, his father was assassinated. Six years later, his grandmother was gunned down in her church. To this day, King fights to better his community under the family name.

The Fight For LGBT Rights Isn't Won Yet

Andrew Murphy | Posted 07.21.2013 | Canada Impact
Andrew Murphy

Let's not let our fight for equal rights be clouded by the fact that LGBT people can get married across our great nation (and a number of U.S. states). In many countries, homosexuality is still illegal and punishable by imprisonment or death. People who are still fighting for basic rights and freedoms need our help.

The African Woman Changing Immigration in Italy

Suzanne Ma | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada Impact
Suzanne Ma

Just north of the city, I sat in a room full of frustrated immigrants who had gathered to listen to promises made by Cécile Kyenge, who just last week made history when she was appointed Italy's first black cabinet minister. In Italy, if you are a child of immigrant parents, you are considered extracomunitari, a "foreigner" before the law. But maybe not for long.

The Slow and Painful Death of Freedom in Canada

Adam Kingsmith | Posted 06.29.2013 | Canada
Adam Kingsmith

Less than a generation ago, Canada was a world leader when it came to the fundamental democratic freedoms of assembly, speech and information. So perhaps it is time for us Canadians to wake up and smell the suppression -- no longer are censorships solely the purview of tin-pot dictators in far away regimes.

Why People Charged With Crimes Deserve Bail

James Morton | Posted 04.02.2013 | Canada
James Morton

A dreadful murder in Toronto where the suspect was on bail has, once again, led to media outrage. Calls to restrict or even prohibit bail have been made. What is striking about the media outrage is how ill-informed the response seems to be about bail itself.

Harper Shrugs Off Charter Celebrations

Errol P. Mendes | Posted 06.15.2012 | Canada Politics
Errol P. Mendes

Can a single constitutional document change the evolution of a society? I would argue that happened with the Canadian people when the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was signed on April 17, 1982 by the Queen on Parliament Hill. On April 17, 2012, we should all be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of this historic document.

Sorry, Dr. King Did Not Consider You An Enlightened Anti-Zionist. Deal With It.

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 01.17.2012 | Canada
Douglas Anthony Cooper

It is painful to be called an anti-Semite by a deceased saint. Yet the dead speak, even when we wish they'd keep their thoughts to themselves. There is a tremendous effort to deny that Martin Luther King ever said these words: "When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You're talking anti-Semitism." Unfortunately, he did.

Occupy Conservatism

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 01.09.2012 | Canada
Douglas Anthony Cooper

Occupy Wall Street is, like the Tea Party, a messy populist movement. The concern is real that it refuses to recognize an essential tragic component of human affairs: unfairness is the abiding fact of our condition