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Dean Del Mastro
| June 25, 2015

Ruling opens door for human rights complaints

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The Divisional Court of Ontario has upheld a ruling that lets complaints heard by professional bodies like the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) or College of Physicians and Surgeons be brought to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (OHRT) as well. 

Until 2013, It was not clear whether discrimination complaints against a professional body could be taken to the OHRT as well. 

However, on May 27 the Ontario Divisional Court upheld an earlier ruling that a complainant can do both.   

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Photo: Jeff M for Short/flickr
| June 10, 2015

Canada, will you give me a chance?

Viji Murugaiyah sought asylum in Canada, hoping to find work and respect in this "multicultural" country. Instead, she found Canada uses discriminatory laws and practices and offers little support.

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I came to Canada for asylum, but I still feel lost here

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I have been living in Toronto for eight years and I find life is getting harder and harder.

I came to Canada for shelter from a long civil war, a war with which I grew up. I had worked for over 20 years providing community-based services for war-affected people in my country. I was also actively involved in human rights advocacy on issues affecting women and children there.

When I came to Canada, I found that my work was not recognized or valued. When I went for help to employment services, I was advised to remove these work experiences from my resume. It was only the Canadian experience that would matter, they told me.

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Canadian citizen asks court to declare him… Canadian citizen

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On Tuesday, May 26, Canadian citizen Deepan Budlakoti goes to court in an effort to be recognized as a Canadian citizen. Although he was born in Canada, the federal government, in a remarkably obtuse and obstinate campaign, has rendered him stateless and tried to shove him off to his ancestral India, where he has never lived and has no family.

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The legal vengeance case of Omar Khadr

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A few years ago when some Canadian Muslim men, accused of terrorism, challenged the Canadian government through the courts to ask for their legal rights, voices within the intelligence community rose up and insinuated that these men were waging "judicial jihad."

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UN expert argues for opening legal channels to migrants

May 5, 2015
| Francois Crepeau is UN special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants. He says the global north should open its borders and manage migration rather than resisting it.
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Marking a century of women's peace-building

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- One hundred years ago, more than 1,000 women gathered in The Hague during the First World War, demanding peace. Britain denied passports to more than 120 women, forbidding them from making the trip to suppress their peaceful dissent. Now, a century later, in these very violent times, nearly 1,000 women have gathered here again, this time from Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as Europe and North America, saying "No" to wars from Iraq to Afghanistan to Yemen to Syria, not to mention the wars in our streets at home. They were marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of WILPF, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Dr.

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Conservatives' foreign policy prioritizes profit over principles

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The Harper government recently confirmed an arms deal with Saudi Arabia, despite its "principled" foreign policy and Saudi Arabia's horrifying human rights record.

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