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On Canadian Atheist: Ontario and Nova Scotia bar associations deny accreditation to homophobic university

In short order, members of both the Law Society of Upper Canada (the bar association for Ontario) and the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society narrowly voted to deny accreditation to the proposed law school of the homophobic Trinity Western University… despite the fact that 13 years ago the Supreme Court of Canada ruled against the British […]

On Canadian Atheist: Why the Erazo decision is not really a meaningful step forward

There is a lot of crowing in the freethinker blogosphere about the recent court victory by Oliver Erazo over the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. Unfortunately, much of it is extremely misinformed about just how much impact the decision really had. It turns out that there is actually no substantive change in the separate schools […]

What is wrong with the Ontario Human Rights Code

In a previous post I mentioned the case of the York University student who asked to be excused from interacting with women for religious reasons, and the back-and-forth between the professor and the university administration over whether this was reasonable accommodation. My main focus was taking issue with the people who are simplifying the story […]

Getting the York University accommodation story right

You’ve probably already heard this story by now, but a student taking an online course at York University in Toronto requested to be excused from a group project because his religious beliefs did not allow him to work with women. His professor refused, and, luckily, the student acquiesced and did the project anyway. The incident […]