Religious Freedom vs. Equality Rights

Can traditional religions co-exist with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms? Recently, a student at York University asked, on religious grounds, to be excused from a study session that would include women. Plus, when religions clash with something else: Downward dog? In Malaysia and Iran, instructors are dialling down the spiritual component of yoga so that it’s in sync with the laws of land.

We called up two lawyers to discuss the York University situation and to a few other heated cases. Natasha Bhakt is an associate professor of law at the University of Ottawa. She specializes in the intersecting area of religious freedom and women’s equality. Sukanya Pillay is the Acting Executive Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

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PrimeTime Politics: November 29, 2011 | CPAC

The latest political developments surrounding the housing crisis in Attawapiskat, with MPs Linda Duncan (NDP), Kevin Lamoureux (Liberal), and Greg Rickford (Conservative).

What will the privacy implications be in the upcoming border security agreement between Canada and the United States? Martin Stringer speaks with Deepak Obhrai, parliamentary secretary to the foreign affairs minister, and Sukanya Pillay of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

Officials from the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development discussed the department’s supplementary estimates. CFO Susan MacGowan and her colleagues Élisabeth Châtillon, Janet King and Patrick Borbey responded to questions about the challenges facing aboriginal communities including Attawapiskat, as well as government programs and aid.

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How has 9/11 Changed our World?

CPAC and Maclean’s host a panel discussion on the global impact of 9/11 ten years later.

As we mark the 10th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack in history, CPAC and Maclean’s visit a province forever linked to the events of 9/11 for the latest In Conversation town hall.

Peter Van Dusen, Andrew Coyne, and Paul Wells are joined by former transport minister David Collenette, author and broadcaster Tarek Fatah, and Sukanya Pillay of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

Watch the full panel discussion on CPAC