Manitoba Tag

27 Feb 2018 Manitoba court insists Christian marriage commissioner marry same-sex couples

The highest court in Manitoba has issued a ruling in a case involving same-sex marriage. The court concluded that civil marriage commissioners have no constitutional recourse if the provincial government forces them to perform same-sex ceremonies. The case involves a man named Kevin Kisilowsky, who works with street people and gangs in downtown Winnipeg as part of a street ministry. However, Kisilowsky is not ordained as a pastor. Jay Cameron with the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, Kisilowsky’s lawyer, says in the course of this ministry, Kisilowsky would encounter people who –...

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27 Feb 2018 LN feature: Manitoba Court of Appeal: Christian Marriage Commissioners Must Solemnize LGBT Weddings

Jay Cameron, Lawyer for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms The highest court in Manitoba has issued a ruling in a case involving same-sex marriage. Specifically, the case centred on whether civil marriage commissioners have a constitutional right to refuse to perform same-sex ceremonies. The Manitoba Court of Appeal says they don’t. Kevin Kisilowsky had taken the Manitoba government to court after he was ordered to give up his commission because he refused to perform same sex ceremonies. Mr. Kisilowsky was represented in court by lawyer Jay Cameron from the Justice Centre...

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09 Nov 2017 Passed: Manitoba’s Bill 34 to protect conscience rights

**UPDATE: Bill 34 passed the Manitoba Legislature unanimously. Please be sure to thank your MLA. You can use our EasyMail here.** Following the federal government’s law that legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide in 2016, Manitoba’s PC government introduced Bill 34 to protect the conscience rights of medical professionals who rightly don’t believe it is ethical to assist in killing. Already at the bill’s introduction the Manitoba NDP opposed it, saying it was unnecessary. Since then, it appears the NDP and independent MLA Steven Fletcher may be trying to directly or indirectly stall...

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07 Nov 2017 Manitoba is unified on protecting Doctor’s consciences

Manitoba NDP Leader Wab Kinew It appears there will be all-party support for a bill to protect conscience rights for doctors in Manitoba. The issue came up in the Manitoba Legislature’s Question Period last month in the context of a man whose requests for euthanasia had been delayed because he was in a Catholic hospital which doesn't offer or refer for euthanasia. NDP leader Wab Kinew raised some questions about the process in that case, but also said his party would "respect the rights of health-care professionals to treat patients in a...

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27 Jun 2017 Partial Conscience Protection in Manitoba

Manitoba Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen The Manitoba government has set out a new policy on the issue of euthanasia. It says it will not force faith-based institutions to provide what’s known as MAID, or medical assistance in dying. Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen says the government wants to respect the decisions of medical professionals and health care facilities to not provide the “service”. However, the government policy also says hospitals that don’t provide MAID have to have protocols and procedures in place to transfer patients to an alternate facility. The issue came to a...

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23 May 2017 Conscience Protection in Manitoba

Manitoba Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen The Manitoba government has introduced legislation to strengthen the notion of conscience protection for doctors and other healthcare professionals. Bill 34 is called the “Medical Assistance in Dying (Protection for Health Professionals and Others) Act”. Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen says it would prevent sanctions against a health professional who refuses to participate in a medically assisted death and ensure that medical professionals are not disciplined for their beliefs. The bill also prohibits a professional regulatory body – such as the College of Physicians and Surgeons – from requiring...

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21 Mar 2017 Manitoba Legislature debates pornography access resolution

MLA James Teitsma The Manitoba legislature debated a Private Members Resolution on pornography last week. The resolution mirrored Member of Parliament Arnold Viersen's Motion 47, asking the federal government to look at the health impacts of easily-accessible online pornography. The Manitoba resolution was sponsored by Radisson MLA James Teitsma. He says at the end of the day, the NDP used a procedural tactic to ensure the motion would not be able to come to a vote; essentially, they filibustered it. “A lot of the comments that NDP members made when they spoke...

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14 Mar 2017 Porn in Manitoba

MLA James Teitsma The Manitoba legislature is set to debate a Private Members Resolution today. This resolution - which is similar in process to a Private Member’s Motion in Ottawa - is sponsored by James Teitsma, the MLA for the Radisson constituency in the east end of Winnipeg. It deals with the issue of online pornography, and calls on the Legislature to “condemn the ease of access children and youth have to violent and degrading content in sexual explicit material online and...

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11 Jun 2015 Reparative Therapy Bans rushed into law in MB and ON: Serious Implications

Update (July 20, 2015): Read this article, titled "Free speech: what banning ‘gay conversion therapy’ will really stop"   ***Take Action Today: 3 EasyMail letters waiting for you below*** Recently Ontario and Manitoba passed legislation banning therapy for teens with unwanted homosexual or transgender feelings. We have serious concerns regarding the implications of these laws, and fear they are just around the corner for other provinces. At the end of this article we have some pointers on how you can respond in your province. On June 4th, the last day that the Ontario Legislature was sitting before the summer, MPPs voted unanimously to pass Bill 77, heralded by its proponents as the right step following similar legislation in some jurisdictions of the United States. This bill was first proposed by New Democrat Cheri DiNovo a minister in the United Church of Canada. She argued, “these kids do not need to be fixed. It’s society that needs to be fixed.” The bill was written to remove coverage for “services rendered that seek to change or direct the sexual orientation or gender identity of a patient, including efforts to change or direct the patient’s behaviour or gender expression.” It will also seek to prohibit providing these services to anyone under the age of 18. Manitoba’s new regulations are similar.
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