Tag Archive: secularism

PQ minister tells Jews to move their cars, ends 30-year tradition of tolerance

  Quebec Citizenship Minister Bernard Drainville has criticized a tradition in a west-end Montreal borough which accommodates the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.   For nearly three decades, municipal authorities in Notre-Dame-de-Grace—Côte-des-Neiges have removed… Continue reading

Court rules ‘illegal’ Montreal Hasidic synagogue can stay despite campaign to shut it down

MONTREAL — News reports have branded it an “illegal synagogue,” and local activists at odds with the neighbourhood’s growing Hasidic population have campaigned to have it shut down, but a court has ruled… Continue reading

‘This isn’t supposed to be a Christian country’: Atheist to get human rights hearing against politician’s dinner blessing

A Saskatoon man already fighting Christmas greetings on city buses says the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission has agreed to hear his complaint against a city councillor who said grace at a volunteer appreciation… Continue reading

Tribunal considers whether atheism a creed

ST. CATHARINES – Is atheism a creed, therefore deserving protection under the Ontario Human Rights Code? Versions of that question dominated a high-profile tribunal held in St. Catharines Wednesday. Rene Chouinard seeks to… Continue reading

Chris Selly: Religious education under fire across Canada

“You can’t extricate the faith. It’s woven throughout the fabric of the school.” These are the words of an Ontario Catholic school board spokesperson, responding to a father’s demands that his son be… Continue reading

Kwantlen University President Chides CCRF, Says Religious Freedom Case Now Closed

Students of faith at BC’s Kwantlen University will once again receive equal treatment under the policies of the schools Student Union, following pressures from religious freedom groups. In an email to the Canadian… Continue reading

Saskatoon city committee ho-ho-holds off on dropping transit Christmas greeting

SASKATOON – The city of Saskatoon’s executive committee has decided transit buses will still carry messages wishing people a Merry Christmas. The committee discussed the issued after a Saskatoon man complained last week.… Continue reading

Saskatoon mayor asked to stop prayers

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is calling for an end to prayers at official City of Saskatoon events. The association has sent a letter to Mayor Don Atchision in connection with city-sponsored volunteer… Continue reading

‘Merry Christmas’ to stay on Saskatoon buses despite complaint

REGINA — Saskatoon city councillors voted Monday to keep flashing “Merry Christmas” on transit buses after receiving a complaint from a city man who said he was offended by the holiday message. “It’s… Continue reading

Universities a Threat to Free Speech: Report

Journalist Ezra Levant reports on the recent release of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms’ 2012 Campus Freedom Index. See the video here.