Media Releases

Government Should Not Dictate What Women Wear

Government Should Not Dictate What Women Wear

September 14. 2015 | Featured, Gender Discrimination, Media Releases, What's New

        Government Should Not Dictate What Women Wear For French Version click HERE. September 14, 2015 – On Tuesday September 15, 2015,…

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LEAF notes the UN Human Rights Committee’s concerns about Canada’s “persisting inequalities”

LEAF notes the UN Human Rights Committee’s concerns about Canada’s “persisting inequalities”

July 24. 2015 | Featured, Media Releases, What's New

On July 23, 2015, the UN Human Rights Committee released its concluding observations in their periodic review of Canada’s human rights record include concerns about “persisting inequalities” in Canada. They particularly note the ongoing pay equity gap, the lack of women in leadership positions, the grave situation of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, persistent sex discrimination in the Indian Act, a failure to adequately address violence against women, and continued problems with access to justice.

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Legal Strategy Coalition on Violence Against Indigenous Women releases key concerns with RCMP “Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women: 2015 Update”

June 29. 2015 | Featured, Media Releases

Key LSC criticisms of the 2015 RCMP Update include: (1) the suggestion that the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women is solely one of familial violence; (2) the failure of the RCMP to take responsibility for their own role in the issue; and (3) the RCMP’s use of a limited data set in preparing the 2015 Update.

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

June 26. 2015 | Featured, LEAF Cases, Media Releases, What's New

LEAF is deeply disappointed in a decision by Stratas JA to deny leave to intervene in the Ishaq appeal. Look here for more information on LEAF’s…

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SCC denies leave in right to housing case

SCC denies leave in right to housing case

June 26. 2015 | Featured, Housing, LEAF Cases, Media Releases, What's New

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a Charter challenge holding governments responsible for the crisis in affordable housing and homelessness will never be heard in Canadian courts.

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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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