Justice and Freedom

26 Sep 2012 Latest Publication: Freedom & Liberty

This week, ARPA Canada sent its latest submission to all Members of Parliament and Senators on the issue of Freedom and Liberty. This policy report tackles the very broad issue of what it means to be free, where this freedom comes from and from whom we need freedom. It clarifies what the role of the State is and ends with a number of recommendations for practical policy implementation. Get your free e-copy by clicking on the PDF below or pick up a hard copy at one of the ARPA events...

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29 Aug 2012 Parti Quebecois promises “Charter of Secularism” if elected

FocusInsights.org, By Subby Szterszky, August 28, 2012: As a provincial election looms in Quebec, the Parti Quebecois has decided to court votes by promising to enact a so-called “Charter of Secularism.” This legislation would prohibit public employees from wearing religious symbols or items of clothing – hijabs, turbans, kippahs – while on the job. An exception would be made for crucifixes, as long as they’re small and inconspicuous, however that’s defined. Also, the crucifix in the Quebec National Assembly would be allowed to remain, despite being neither small nor inconspicuous. PQ leader Pauline Marois claims the purpose of the bill is to uphold Quebec culture and traditions as well as the rights of women in the province. How the latter is to be accomplished by permitting some women to wear a “discreet” crucifix while forbidding others from wearing a hijab is difficult to ascertain.
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23 Aug 2012 Justice that Restores

By: Eric Metaxas, August 23, 2012, Breakpoint.org: For the past three broadcasts, we’ve talked about the violations of human dignity that are all-too-common in our criminal justice system. Christians cannot be silent in the face of outrages like prison rape, the mistreatment of mentally-ill prisoners, and overcrowded prison facilities. What makes silence even more unacceptable is that there is a biblically-based alternative to the status quo: it’s called restorative justice. Four years ago, Mike Huckabee summed up one of restorative justice’s key principles when he said that “we’ve got to quit locking up all the people that we’re mad at and lock up the people that we’re really afraid of . . .”
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31 Jul 2012 Lord’s Prayer headed to court

Toronto Sun, July 30 2012 OWEN SOUND, ONT. - Grey County is facing a court challenge to its long tradition of opening county council meetings with a recital of The Lord’s Prayer. Peter Ferguson of Kimberley, Ont., said he served legal papers on the county Monday in his bid to end what he calls the “illegal” practice. The papers call for a response by the county at a Superior Court of Justice hearing on Oct. 11, Ferguson said. An affidavit sworn Monday by Ferguson states that county council’s “practice of praying at...

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04 Jun 2012 The highest law of the land?

By Anthony Furey Anthony Furey , Ottawa Sun, June 2 2012 : While I was appearing on Sun News last week, Brian Lilley tossed a quote up on the screen from Hall. What she was commenting on doesn’t matter, but how she introduced her statement certainly does: “Ontario’s Human Rights Code is, in a sense, Ontario’s highest law.” Really? Let’s do a little syllogism here: OHRC-related legislation is the highest in the land; Barbara Hall is the head of the OHRC; therefore Barbara Hall is the highest authority in Ontario.
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14 May 2012 Bill C-304 Passes Vote

Bill C-304, An Act to Amend the Canadian Human Rights Act (protecting freedom), passed a vote at report stage in Parliament on May 9 th , 149-129. This bill, sponsored by Alberta MP Brian Storseth, aims to repeal the most contentious clause of the CHRA, Section 13. Similar to the vote at second reading, the yeas and nays were disappointingly split along party lines, with Liberal MP Scott Simms the only opposition MP to vote with the governing Conservatives to protect our freedom of expression.
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