The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21) commemorates the police killing of 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid “pass laws”. As we mark this day, we must have a constructive dialogue about Canada’s own Bill C-51, Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015, and its implications for racialized minorities in Canada. Panelists will discuss their concerns about the Bill, the apparent strong acceptance of the Bill by the majority of Canadians, ways Canadians can learn more about the Bill and its impact and more effective alternative measures for addressing radicalization and terrorism in Canada.
American Freedom Defence Initiative v The City of Edmonton: Court Number 1403-06143
What are the reasonable limits on free expression in the context of religious criticism? Edmonton Chambers will be faced with this question on February 20, 2015. The American Freedom Defence Initiative (AFDI) has launched a suit after the City of Edmonton’s transit authority pulled its advertisements from city buses after receiving complaints. The ads directed Muslim women and girls living in fear of so-called “honour killings” to contact AFDI’s website. AFDI maintains that its ads sought to assist Canadian women and girls, and promote gender equality and the rule of law. Edmonton residents who complained called the ads “discriminatory” and “offensive”. A 3-person panel will discuss the scope of free expression in Canada, the reasonable limits that can be imposed on it.
Sarah Burton, LL.B., LL.M., ACLRC
Ola P. Malik M.A., LL.B., LL.M., City of Calgary
Geoff Ellwand, J.D., Ruttan Bates, Former CBC Producer & Reporter
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