It seems that the Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto is for everyone other than Christians.
They applied for their usual August date at the Square for 2016 but it was denied. Why? Natalie Belman, the Manager of Events for Yonge-Dundas Square, told VOTN that the singing by various Christian groups this last August amounted to “proselytizing.”
Is that truly so? Or, rather, is it a squelching of the Charter’s promise to protect religion and religious expression?
While the rest of Canada is being force-fed the Duffy Senate “scandal”, in Quebec a proposed law that will label any criticism of Islam or Islamism as “hate speech” is being quietly pushed through the National Assembly. Bill 59 will permit Muslims to make complaints to the Quebec Human Rights Commission (QHRC) against anyone critiquing … Continue reading Quebec law would stifle free speech
Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, founded by former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, is the most transformative piece of legislation in modern Canadian history.
Entrenched into our constitution in 1982, the Charter’s transformative nature is found not in its declaration of personal liberty and equality, but rather in how the legislation is utilized, and by whom. Surely, few Canadians oppose laws which guarantee individual rights such as freedom of speech, or freedom of assembly. The extension of these rights to all Canadians, regardless of race or religion, is very likely acceptable to the average Canadian— whether a recent arrival to our shores, or a descendent of those who farmed our prairie lands at the turn of the 20th century.