Posts Tagged ‘Freedom of Religion’

Competing human rights: Trinity Western law school controversy pits faith against equality

March 26th, 2014 by Shelina Ali

The Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC) released its report on Trinity Western University’s (TWU) proposed law school program in December 2013. The FLSC gave TWU’s law school preliminary approval despite serious concerns expressed by different sectors of the legal profession, including the Council of Canadian Law Deans, that the school’s Community Covenant Agreement, which requires TWU students and staff to agree not to engage in same‑sex sexual intimacy, discriminates against LGBTQ students.

FLSC’s approval has, unsurprisingly, led to strong and divergent opinions on the appropriate balancing of rights.

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2012 a big year for Competing Human Rights.

December 20th, 2012 by Celia Chandler

2012 has been a big year for the concept of competing human rights.

In May, the Ontario  Human Rights Commission published a long-awaited Policy on Competing Human Rights.    Earlier this fall, the media reported widely the case of the woman who was denied a haircut by a  barber because his religion does not allow him to touch a woman.  And today the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on the complex N.S. case: a case that pitted the right of the key witness in a sexual assault trial – the victim – to wear her religious face covering, against the rights of two accused men – her uncle and cousin – to have fair trials.

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