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Johnstone v. Canada Border Services Agency, the Federal Court of Appeal (February 7, 2014)

Johnstone v. Canada Border Services Agency, the Federal Court of Appeal (February 7, 2014)

February 07. 2014 | Children, Employment, Family Law, Family Status, Gender Discrimination, Human Rights Legislation, LEAF Cases

LEAF has been granted leave to intervene in Johnstone v. Canada Border Services Agency before the Federal Court of Appeal. In this case, the complainant, Fiona…

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Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission v. Whatcott (SCC) (Judgment February 27, 2013)

Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission v. Whatcott (SCC) (Judgment February 27, 2013)

February 27. 2013 | Equality Law, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Legislation, LEAF Cases, Sexual Orientation

In Whatcott, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the constitutionality of the prohibition of hate speech in human rights legislation, stating “words matter”.   LEAF intervened…

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Caron v. Alberta (SCC Judgment February 4, 2011)

Caron v. Alberta (SCC Judgment February 4, 2011)

February 04. 2011 | Access to Justice, Equality Law, Human Rights Legislation, LEAF Cases, Socio-Economic Rights

In this case at the Supreme Court of Canada, LEAF intervened in coalition with the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, the Charter Committee on Poverty…

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Kane v. Alberta Report

Kane v. Alberta Report

June 29. 2001 | Freedom of Expression, Hate Speech, Human Rights Legislation, LEAF Cases

Mr. Kane and the Jewish Defence League of Canada filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission against the publication Alberta Report.  The complaint concerned…

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Blencoe v. Andrea Willis and the British Columbia Human Rights Commission et al., the Court

Blencoe v. Andrea Willis and the British Columbia Human Rights Commission et al., the Court

October 05. 2000 | Employment, Equality Law, Human Rights Legislation, LEAF Cases

The Supreme Court of Canada on October 5, 2000 issued an important decision for women and for the human rights process in Canada. In Blencoe,…

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Vriend v. Alberta

Vriend v. Alberta

April 02. 1998 | Employment, Human Rights Legislation, LEAF Cases, Sexual Orientation

Until recently, Alberta’s human rights legislation excluded “sexual orientation” from the prohibited grounds of discrimination. Delwin Vriend was fired from his teaching job in 1991…

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Kane, et al, v. Church of Jesus Christ Christian-Aryan Nations

Kane, et al, v. Church of Jesus Christ Christian-Aryan Nations

September 24. 1991 | Freedom of Expression, Hate Speech, Human Rights Legislation, LEAF Cases, Racism

With the Congress of Black Women, LEAF intervened in a complaint regarding cross burnings and other racist actions which took place at a meeting sponsored…

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Celik v. Wen-Do Women’s Self Defense Inc.

Celik v. Wen-Do Women’s Self Defense Inc.

January 01. 1991 | Equality Law, Gender Discrimination, Human Rights Legislation, LEAF Cases, Sexual Assault

Michael Celik, supported by a men’s rights group entitled In Search of Justice, challenged Wen-Do Women’s Self-Defense Corporation-a women’s only self defense program. Mr. Celik…

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Janzen and Govereau v. Platy Enterprises Ltd.

Janzen and Govereau v. Platy Enterprises Ltd.

May 04. 1989 | Employment, Equality Law, Human Rights Legislation, LEAF Cases, Sexual Harassment

Diana Janzen and Tracey Govereau were sexually harassed at the Winnipeg restaurant where they worked. They took their case all the way to the Supreme…

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Century Oils (Canada) Inc. vs. Davies

Century Oils (Canada) Inc. vs. Davies

January 01. 1988 | Employment, Gender Discrimination, Human Rights Legislation, LEAF Cases

Century Oils made an offer of employment to Christine Davies and subsequently withdrew that offer when she told the employer that she was pregnant. The…

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