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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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30 Jun 2010 Equity Training for Ontario Catholic Boards: Homosexuality ‘Normal’, ‘Natural’

By Patrick B. Craine TORONTO, Ontario, June 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The majority of Ontario’s Catholic education establishment has backed the Ontario Ministry of Education’s equity and inclusive education strategy, even where it mandates “equity” based on sexual orientation, on the basis that the Catholic Church has always emphasized equity and inclusivity.
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23 Jun 2010 New Grassroots Group Calls Quebecers to Action against Euthanasia

June 22, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new grassroots group in Quebec is urging Quebecers to join the campaign to stop euthanasia and assisted suicide from being “smuggled” into the public health care system under the guise of medical treatment. Vivre dans la Dignité (Living with Dignity), a grassroots group network that officially launches its campaign on Tuesday, says that Quebecers must tell the Charest government that euthanasia and assisted suicide must be rejected as “unnecessary and dangerous.”
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01 Mar 2010 Quebec Family’s Appeal Rejected for Exemption from Mandatory Relativism Course

By Patrick B. Craine, MONTREAL, Quebec, February 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Quebec Court of Appeal has rejected the appeal of the Drummondville family who sought exemptions for their children from the province's compulsory course in relativism, 'Ethics and Religious Culture' (ERC).  According to Justice Yves-Marie Morissette, their appeal is “doomed to failure.”
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15 Dec 2009 Quebec Government Launches All-Out Attack against “Homophobia”

By Patrick B. Craine, QUEBEC CITY, Quebec, December 15, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Quebec Government has promulgated a new provincial policy against "homophobia," touted as the first of its kind from a North American jurisdiction.  While homosexuality is already effectively fully normalized within Quebec law, the policy, released on Friday by the Ministry of Justice, is essentially a manifesto for normalizing homosexuality on the social level.
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29 Sep 2009 Quebec MDs rekindle euthanasia debate

By Marianne White, Canwest News Service, September 24, 2009: QUEBEC — A group of Quebec doctors are adamantly opposed to their college of physicians' upcoming proposal to legalize a form of euthanasia — something they liken to a "right to kill." In an open letter sent to the Quebec media, the doctors warn against legislation that would give them the right to decide who gets to live and who gets to die. "Killing would then become a therapeutic possibility for the medical profession," wrote Andre Bourque, a Montreal doctor leading...

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24 Aug 2009 Quebec to table wide-ranging anti-homophobia action plan this fall

Jessica Murphy, THE CANADIAN PRESS: MONTREAL - Revellers at Montreal's gay pride parade had one more reason to celebrate on Sunday: Quebec's wide-ranging action plan against homophobia, years in the making, is expected to be tabled this fall. "It's a big step," said Jasmin Roy, spokesman for Montreal Pride. He said the gay and lesbian community expects the new plan will lead to "enormous" results in the fight against discrimination. [Continue reading this article here.]...

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30 Jun 2009 School fights to promote Jesuit values

Macleans.ca: Can a Catholic high school teach its students that all religions are equal? Paul Donovan, the principal of Montreal’s Loyola High School, says it can’t be done. So the boys-only Jesuit school is taking the province to court over its new ethics and religious culture program. The new course was introduced by the Ministry of Education to teach about various religious traditions in Quebec society, with the goal of increasing tolerance among students. It teaches about Protestantism and Catholicism, as well as Judaism, native spiritualities and other religions....

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08 Apr 2009 Story Update – Daughter Sues Father For Being Grounded

By ARPA Canada (www.arpacanada.ca): In a very disturbing decision, a Quebec father has lost his appeal of a lower court ruling in which his own daughter successfully sued him because she didn't like that he had grounded her.  ARPA Canada had reported on the original case back in June of last year and encouraged our readers to respond with letters to the editor. The case involved a 12-year old girl, whose parents had split up and she was currently living with her father. She was caught posting inappropriate pictures of herself online so her dad grounded her. The punishment was that she was not allowed to go on an upcoming school trip, even though her mom had earlier given her permission. 
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