Sukanya Pillay

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Quebec's Charter of Values Disregards Human Dignity

(5) Comments | Posted September 15, 2013 | 1:05 PM

Quebec's proposed Charter of Values would ban the donning of "conspicuous" religious symbols by government sector employees, teachers, judges, and those working in hospitals and daycares. The banned religious symbols will include hijabs, niqabs, turbans, kippas, and large visible crucifixes by on-duty employees. Those providing or receiving public services will...

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Why Pussy Riot is Our Riot

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 10:33 AM

Who is Pussy riot and why should we care?

If you have Internet access you've likely heard of Pussy Riot. They 're a Russian female punk rock band, comprised of ten members aged 20-33, formed apparently in response to Vladimir Putin's 2011 decision to run a third time for President...

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What to Think About on Prisoner's Justice Day

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 12:43 PM

August 10 is International Prisoner's Justice Day -- a day now recognized around the world, but which began in Canada 37 years ago.

On August 10, 1974 a Canadian man, Edward Nalon, died in the segregation unit of an Ontario prison. The next year and every year...

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Omar Khadr Has the Right to Return to a Canadian Prison

(21) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 7:02 AM

Many Canadians have conflicting views about Omar Khadr. Beginning with his father's reported connections to Al Qaeda, the Khadr name has become deeply unpopular.

In Canada however, we apply the rule of law. This is why everyone, even the reviled among us, is afforded due process, fair...

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Canada Could Do More to Stand Up for Torture Victims

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 9:54 AM

June 26 is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture -- a day that requires reckoning.

Today we recognize the human beings who fall prey to torturers. Yearly, torturers show increasing ingenuity finding ways to inflict maximum pain and maximum suffering -- with or without visible scars....

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No Country Should Get Away With Torture -- Not Even Canada

(9) Comments | Posted June 9, 2012 | 2:49 PM

There's been a lot of hyperbole about the UN Committee Against Torture's recent report called "Concluding Observations on Canada."

To see this year's Concluding Observations Report, go to this website, scroll down to Canada and click on the "E."

Canada is one of many countries around...

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What Humphrey Bogart's "Rick" Would Think of Bill C-31

(2) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Wednesday was Refugee Rights Day, which got me thinking about Casablanca. There is a great -- though pitiable -- scene in the movie where a young Eastern European woman, Annina, confides in Rick (Humphrey Bogart), the saloon owner, prompting him to let her unsuspecting husband win at the roulette table....

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