Posts Tagged ‘Anti‑Discrimination Policy’

Law Society elections send a message on diversity and it’s not what you’d hope

June 27th, 2019 by Shelina Ali

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The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) is once again facing a court challenge claiming that it has violated Section 2 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which protects the right to freedom of conscience, speech and religion. This court challenge follows the LSO’s successful defence of its decision to refuse to accredit the proposed law school at Trinity Western University (TWU) because of a requirement that attendees sign a covenant agreeing not to engage in homosexual activities. The LSO took the position that this prevented equal access to the legal profession in Ontario by excluding individuals who identified as LGBTQ.

The new battle relates to a Statement of Principles that the LSO requires lawyers to provide as of last year. It’s another example of the LSO attempting to enshrine principles of diversity, anti‑oppression and anti‑discrimination in a profession that is known for its lack of inclusiveness and diversity. In this case, the opposition to advancing these values is coming from other lawyers and is proving to be divisive for the governing council of the LSO — the democratically elected body that oversees its governance Read the rest of this entry

A Victory for Free Speech ‑ Pride Toronto’s Dispute Resolution Panel dismisses complaint against QuAIA

July 24th, 2012 by Iler Campbell LLP

A decision (pdf)  handed down by the Dispute Resolution Panel of Pride Toronto has dismissed a complaint lodged by B’nai Brith against the participation of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) in the Pride Toronto March. Charles Campbell represented QuAIA at the hearing on June 27th. The Panel issued a “bottom line” decision on June 29th, so as to allow QiAIA to participate in the parade on July 1st. They subsequently released the full reasons for the decision on July 9th.

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