Memories from our Power of Words: Impact of Hate Speech in Alberta event on October 17, 2017. Click on photo to see more photos!!!
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Memories from our Annual International Human Rights Day!
Police and Carding: A Comparison Between Calgary and Toronto, Tuesday, Oct 4th 2016
WE WERE IN THE NEWSPAPERS TOO!
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
under an umbrella we met, Tuesday, March 22nd 2016
"Often, people who don’t want to give Syrian refugees shelter have never met a Syrian. Or a refugee. Often, people who think Muslims are terrorists have never had a conversation with a Muslim. Don’t you think it’s time we all met? March 22, step into Adnan, Nazeer, Sara and others' actual shoes and hear their stories."
Bill C - 51 and Data Analytics, Tuesday, Feb 02nd 2016
Ms Micheal Vonn Policy Director of British Columbia Civil Liberties Association gave information on Bill C - 51 and Data Analytics, followed by question and answer session. We enjoyed light snacks. Here is a link to the recording: Happy listening!
International Human Rights Day, Tuesday, Nov 24th 2015
This year we celebrated International Human Rights Day dedicated to Canada's refugee plans specially for Syrian refugees. Cassie Palamar gave official greetings on behalf of the Alberta Human Rights Commission. Janet Keeping, ACLRC Board Member, presented Kelly Ernst with the Civil Liberties Award. Congratulations Kelly! Kerry Cundal and John Yee both gave speech and presentation on today's topic: NOWHERE TO RUN: IS CANADA MEETING ITS INTERNATIONAL REFUGEE OBLIGATIONS? We enjoyed light snacks and cake to round out the evening.
The Impact of Bill C-51 Anti-Terrorism Act and it's impact on Radicalized Groups in Canada
Tuesday,March 25, 2015
This event was held in recognition of March 21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and was sponsored by ACLRC, the Faith and Spirituality Centre and the Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association. Adriana Tulissi, Faith and Spirituality Centre, moderated the event. Linda McKay-Panos, Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre gave an overview of the Bill. Her presentation is available as a pdf . It is free for your use but please credit Alberta Civil Liberties as your source. The panel was rounded out with Mahdi Qasqas, Faculty of Social Work and Ryan Williams, Department of Classics and Religion, both at the University of Calgary who gave thought provoking and different perspectives . The panelist responded to preselected questions:
- What is the impact of Bill C-51 on racialized minorities?
- What are the flaws in the Bill?
- What are alternative ways we could address radicalization and terrorism in our society?
- How do we address the seemingly strong acceptance of Canadians of this bill?
- How can Canadians learn about the bill and and its impact on all Canadians?
- How can we have a constructive dialogue around this bill without feeling fearful or unpatriotic?
Over 55+ people attended and the panelists also responded to questions from the floor. The audience was engaged and were able to ask their own questions to the panelists. Thank you to the everyone involved in the event and our volunteers - Auska, David, Jason, and Katy.
Freedom to Offend, Thursday, February 5, 2015
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 (this date has been postponed to January, 2016). 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: Sarah Burton, LL.B., LL.M., ACLRC, Ola P. Malik M.A., LL.B., LL.M., City of Calgary and Geoff Ellwand, J.D., LL.M., Ruttan Bates, Former CBC Producer & Reporter discussed the scope of free expression in Canada and the reasonable limits that can be imposed on it. The audience was engaging and the panelists responded thoughtfully to the question posed by the moderator Linda McKay-Panos.
International Human Rights Day, Tuesday November 25, 2014
This year we celebrated International Human Rights Day by showcasing our Human Rights Education Program. It's been 20 years since it's inception! Starting with one Human Rights Educator and now with a team of Educators - Melissa Luhtenan (Calgary), Pamela Dos Ramos (Southern Alberta & Calgary), Yessy Byl (Northern Alberta) and Brenda Johnston (Calgary). Each Educator highlighted our newest publications, DVD's, programs and online resources. Sarah Burton gave an overview of our new website. Cassie Palamar sent official greetings on behalf of the Alberta Human Rights Commission. Doreen Barrie, ACLRC Board Chair, presented Martha MacManus with the Civil Liberties Award. Congratulations Martha! We enjoyed light snacks and cake to round out the evening.
Democracy and Freedom of Expression, Monday, October 13, 2014
On Monday, October 13, 2014, Dr Kathleen Mahoney, QC, FRSC presented a talk on Democracy and Freedom of Expression: Threats and Challenges in the Internet Age sponsored by ACLRC and the Intercultural Dialogue Institute. The event was well attended. We'd like to thank our co-sponsor and CSJW for recording the event.
One Origin One Race One Earth
The human genome is our common bloodline and our future. As geneticists continue to explore life at its molecular level, the challenge for geneticists, ethicists, and lawyers is to ensure that ethics and law keep pace. We must also ensure that the fruits of such research are applied without prejudice for the benefit of those who are living and those yet to be born.
"One Origin, One Race, One Earth: Genetics, Human Rights and the Next Phase of Human Evolution" will address legal and ethical issues attendant to genetics -- issues that lead us into the heart of what it is to be human. Click on the links below to view Conference Content and the publication Genetics, Human Rights and the Next Phase of Human Evolution
- Conference Abstracts
- Conference Poster
- Conference Programme
- Genetics, Human Rights and the Next Phase of Human Evolution