News from Montreal Gazette
The Conservative government's "discrimination" in funding of First Nations education is "contrary to every single value this country has stood for," says former prime minister Paul Martin.
Quietly and systematically, in collaboration with European, Australian and U.S. allies, Canada has been closing every possible avenue of access for refugees, say two refugee lawyers.
The federal budget appears to have responded to widespread public concern about oversight of federal spies by upping annual spending for the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC).
About 40 refugee claimants are being deported daily from Canada, immigration lawyers and human rights activists say, including families with children who were born in Canada.
Credit cards, bank accounts, vehicles, mortgages, residential leases, and insurance policies, which might provide voter ID, are rare among low-income people on reserves.
Sharing intimate images without the subject's consent could soon become a crime.
According to the CCLU, educating the public is important, but the onus remains on the police officer to respect the rights of citizens and to behave in a professional manner.
The Canadian Bar Association has called on the federal government to restore legal aid funding to the level it was at in the mid-1990s as part of an overhaul to be completed by 2030.
Doctors, patients, and refugee lawyers are teaming up to legally challenge the Conservative government's recent cuts to refugee health care.
The imminent abolition of the long-gun registry will cast a shadow over commemoration of the École Polytechnique massacre on Tuesday, but the survivors are keeping their fight alive.
The chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada has added her voice to the legal profession's condemnation of Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, who sparked an uproar earlier this year on the issue of judicial independence.
Refugee bashing: The government bills its refugee-law changes as getting tough on smugglers, but the law does much more than that
An op-ed piece in the Montreal Gazette says that, under the cover of anti-smuggling efforts, Bill C-49 includes harsh measures for the victims of human smuggling, that is, the refugees themselves.
A Montreal Gazette article says the Canadian Civil Liberties Association is calling for removing the niqab ban from Bill 94, explaining that the law already requires a niqab-wearing woman to lift her veil, for instance, when she takes a driver's test.
According to a Montreal Gazette article, women fleeing abusive relationships will have one less barrier if Ontario passes a proposed law allowing them to break their leases early.
An article in the Montreal Gazette reports that the minister responsible for the status of women is taking gender-based violence "very seriously" and called on women's groups and members of the immigrant community to help tackle these "heinous abuses."
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is tabling a reform package in the Commons, kicking off a debate about how to improve a system that many agree needs fixing in the face of a backlog of 60,000 claims, according to the Montreal Gazette.
The Montreal Gazette reports that Immigration Minister Jason Kenney will unveil proposals to reform Canada's refugee system this week in a bid to speed the approval process for legitimate asylum-seekers while clamping down on abuse of the system.