Media Releases

LEAF Seeks Improved Access to Safe, Legal Abortion for PEI Women

June 03. 2015 | Featured, Media Releases, What's New

LEAF is glad to see that the government of PEI recognizes that it “has an obligation to be in line with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms” to remove barriers to this safe and legal procedure. However, in addition to this important step forward, more change is needed to achieve reproductive justice in the province and to address this unacceptable situation.

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LEAF Seeks Leave to Intervene in Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) v. Ishaq

June 01. 2015 | Featured, LEAF Cases, Media Releases, What's New

On June 1, 2015, LEAF filed a motion for leave to intervene in Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) v. Ishaq at the Federal Court…

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Media Advisory: Supreme Court of Canada to Rule in Jury Representativeness Case

Media Advisory: Supreme Court of Canada to Rule in Jury Representativeness Case

May 21. 2015 | Featured, Media Releases

Today, May 21, the Supreme Court of Canada will render its decision in Kokopenace v. HMTQ. The key issue in the case is the scope of the right to a representative jury under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and whether Ontario’s procedure for creating jury rolls does enough to include on-reserve Aboriginal residents.

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Happy Birthday to Us! LEAF Celebrates 30 Years of Work Toward Equality Rights

Happy Birthday to Us! LEAF Celebrates 30 Years of Work Toward Equality Rights

April 17. 2015 | Featured, Media Releases, What's New

The Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) is celebrating its 30th anniversary. LEAF was founded April 17, the day the equality law provisions of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into effect, with the goal of achieving and defending equality rights for women and girls. LEAF’s first case was a successful challenge to a law that prevented women from keeping their own names after marriage. Since then LEAF has participated in many cases to protect the equality rights guaranteed by the Charter.

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Hundreds of recommendations go unimplemented: Legal Strategy Coalition demands greater government commitment and accountability to ending violence against Indigenous women and girls

February 25. 2015 | Featured, Media Releases, Violence Against Women, What's New

An alarming study released today shows that governments in Canada have repeatedly ignored expert recommendations to stop violence against Indigenous women and girls.

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New research available for MMIW advocates

New research available for MMIW advocates

December 08. 2014 | Media Releases, Violence Against Women, What's New

LEAF is part of a national Legal Strategy Coalition on Violence Against Indigenous Women (LSC). The LSC is a nation-wide ad hoc coalition of groups…

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25 years after the Montreal Massacre we remember and move toward equality

25 years after the Montreal Massacre we remember and move toward equality

December 05. 2014 | Media Releases, Violence Against Women, What's New

On December 6, 2014, LEAF recognizes the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. 25 years ago this year, gender-based…

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LEAF Commemorates Persons Day 2014

October 18. 2014 | Featured, Media Releases, What's New

 LEAF Commemorates Persons Day  Each year, LEAF commemorates ‘Persons Day’ to mark the Persons Case (Edwards v. Canada (Attorney General). On October 18th, 1929, the…

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LEAF and the Asper Centre Advocate for Equality in the Criminal Justice System at the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Kokopenace

October 06. 2014 | Aboriginal Issues, Featured, LEAF Cases, Media Releases, What's New

R. v. Kokopenace On Monday, October 6, the Supreme Court of Canada will consider whether the systematic exclusion of Aboriginal on-reserve residents from the jury…

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LEAF intervenes with Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights at the Supreme Court of Canada to Advocate for Equality in Criminal Justice System: R v. Kokopenace

LEAF intervenes with Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights at the Supreme Court of Canada to Advocate for Equality in Criminal Justice System: R v. Kokopenace

September 11. 2014 | Aboriginal Issues, Featured, LEAF Cases, Media Releases, What's New

This October, the Supreme Court of Canada will consider whether the systematic exclusion of Aboriginal on-reserve residents from the jury roll, or their under-representation in…

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