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Introducing our newest guest blogger Christopher Lytle

We are very pleased to announce that Christopher Lytle from Christopher Lytle Consulting (CLC) will be blogging on First Reference Talks on the topics of disability and human rights issues.


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First Nations Day in Canada

This is the longest day of the year and marks the changing of seasons. It is also a very important day for Aboriginal people…


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Supreme Court restricts agricultural workers’ freedom of association

The Supreme Court of Canada has finally released its decision in Ontario (A.G.) v. Fraser affecting the working lives of agricultural workers in Ontario. The decision demonstrates just how divided opinions are on the question of limiting workers’ freedom of association under section 2(d) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, particularly restricting unionization and collective bargaining.


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Women in the workplace Part I: are women preventing themselves from achieving power in the workplace?

The other day, I read an interesting article regarding an interview with the author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power. The author argues that it is actually women themselves who are preventing the achievement of female power in the workplace.


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Hearings scheduled to decide retirement ages of Air Canada pilots

Between November 22 and November 25, 2010, the Federal Court of Canada will hold hearings and then decide whether the mandatory retirement age of 60 years should stand for about 3,000 Air Canada pilots.


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Slaw: Canadian Human Rights Commission’s controversial ‘anti-hate’ policy

The Canadian Human Rights Commission recently posted a policy on its website concerning how it interprets and applies section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA) when it receives an inquiry or complaint. The purpose of section 13 of the Act is to balance Canadians’ rights to equality and freedom of expression with respect to hate messages, as protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The parliamentary record indicates that section 13 was initially included in the legislation to address activities of individuals and groups who used the telephone system to disseminate hate messages. In December 2001, parliament amended the CHRA by adding section 13(2), which makes it clear that Internet hate messages come under the jurisdiction of the commission.

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