Canada's Office of Religious Freedom was effectively shut down last month after that country's new liberal government decided not to renew the mandate of the office.
The office was established in 2013 to promote and protect human rights, including freedom of religion or belief, as an important part of Canada's constructive leadership in the world.
"Discrimination against religious and belief communities, as with all forms of discrimination, causes human suffering, spreads division, and contributes to a climate of fear, intolerance, and stigmatization. Canada has made recognition of and respect for diversity a priority, both at home and abroad," noted the website of the office. more >>
A judicial body within the United Church of Canada rejected an appeal from a minister who wants to keep her clergy credentials despite being an avowed atheist.
Gretta Vosper, head pastor of West Hill United Church in Toronto, attempted to appeal a ruling from the Toronto Conference that her ministry must be under review.
The UCC's Judicial Committee Executive recently decided Vosper's appeal did not hold sufficient merit to be heard before a review was initiated. more >>
The year 2017 is a big year for Canada. The country is celebrating their 150th year of Confederation, as well as commemorating various historic battles that helped shaped the country into what it is today. Britain's Prince Harry announced another big event that is happening in the country next year and that is the hosting of the Invictus Games 2017. Through a video announcement on the official Twitter page of Kensington Palace, Prince Harry revealed that "the Invictus legacy will continue when Toronto hosts the 3rd Invictus Games in September 2017."
In his announcement, he stated that the holding of the Invictus Games during such a historic time in the country is the best way to pay tribute to the men and women who have given themselves wholly to the service of their nation. The Invictus Games, which was launched in 2014, is an international sporting event for soldiers and servicemen who were wounded and injured and are recovering from their experiences in service.
This year, the games are being hosted by the United States, in Orlando, Florida. It will kick off on May 8 and will run until May 12 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. It is expected to bring over 500 competitors from 15 different nations and will feature various sports such as archery, cycling, indoor rowing, power lifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis, according to the Invictus Games website. more >>
A Canadian adventure company has been ordered to pay over $8,000 after it was found guilty of discriminating against a Christian job applicant.
British Columbia's Human Rights Tribunal ruled this week that the Norway-based Amaruk Wilderness company must pay $8,500 to Bethany Paquette after offending her "dignity and self respect" when she applied for a job with the business, which previously provided adventure tours out of Vancouver, Canada.
Paquette, a graduate of Trinity Western University, a Christian college, applied to be an assistant guide with the company in 2014. more >>
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a Roman Catholic, is set to become the first world leader known to have taken part in a gay pride march, following his announcement that he will participate in Toronto's July 3 event.
BBC News noted that Trudeau has participated in such marches before, but this will be his first as PM.
A website created to encourage Americans to move to a Canadian island if Donald Trump is elected president, is offering abortion access to entice immigrants.
Known as "Cape Breton If Donald Trump Wins," the site says that Americans who do not want Trump to become president should go ahead and make plans to move to Cape Breton, which is part of Nova Scotia.
"Start now, that way, on election day, you just hop on a bus to start your new life in Cape Breton, where women can get abortions, Muslim people can roam freely, and the only 'walls' are holding up the roofs of our extremely affordable houses," reads the website. more >>