Tagged with Canada

On Canadian Atheist: Canadian atheists, your help is needed in an important Supreme Court battle

The Supreme Court of Canada is going to hear arguments on prayer in government meetings sometime in the next few months, in MLQ v. City of Saguenay. Despite the recent loss in US courts, our chances are good. However, the plaintiffs need huge amounts of money to bring the case forward, and to have a […]

On Canadian Atheist: Electoral reform

Everyone who follows Canadian politics closely knows how badly we need proportional representation at all levels of government. Atheists, freethinkers, and skeptics need it particularly badly. More details on Canadian Atheist.

The Paul Calandra way of answering questions

Paul Calandra, Conservative MP for Oak Ridges—Markham, has been parliamentary secretary to the PM since just September. In that short time, he made a name for himself as a nasty, dissembling thug who would respond to questions with deflections, attacks, and general non-answers – it got so embarrassing the Conservatives even stopped letting him answer […]

Canadian Atheist is back!

It’s true! Canadian Atheist is back online and already flush with new posts.

Canada Post has problems… because it’s run by boneheads

So Canada Post is in the news cycle again – specifically, concerns that they’re phasing out door-to-door delivery of mail. That’s tragic, sure, but before you shed tears for Canada Post and blame the Internet for its current woes, let me give you a peek at the side of Canada Post that you don’t often […]

The Québec Charter of Values and secular weakness

Yesterday, Terry Firma of Friendly Atheist wrote a post about making certain forms of religious expression illegal. He was speaking theoretically, of course, but for Canadians – especially Québécois – this is not theoretical.

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 […]

Entering the public domain in Canada in 2014

I just (re)started this blog, and the first two posts have been downers. So – third time being a charm – to brighten things up, I’m bringing some good news.