Canadian Charter Of Rights And Freedoms

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In 1985, Canada implemented the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Under Section 15 of the Charter, all Canadians regardless of their (1)“race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability” were officially given the right to be protected by the law, and benefit from the law without discrimination.
The Charter of Rights and Freedoms (2)“reflect the fondest dreams, the highest hopes and the finest aspirations of Canadian Society” and although “Sexual Orientation” is not recorded under the sections protected from discrimination, it was deemed by the Supreme Court of Canada in the Egan v. Canada, 1995 case to be an equivalent ground to make claims of discrimination; Gay men and women are all
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(1) Charter of Rights of Freedom
(2) Case
The significance and worth of every Canadian must be recognized, regardless of any personal characteristic, such as sexual orientation.
Mr. Delwin Vriend was employed at King’s College, a Christian college in Edmonton Alberta, as a lab instructor in computer science, from 1987-1991. During Mr. Vriend’s 5 year employment, he received salary increases, positive evaluations and promotions for his work performance, which acknowledged his competence and his ability to perform his work. In 1991, after the college’s Board of Governor’s adopted a new position statement on homosexuality, the President of the college requested Delwin to resign, which he declined. Mr. Vriend had disclosed his sexual orientation to the President of the college the year prior to this new position stance. After Vriend declined to resign, the college terminated his employment for the sole reason (1)“his non-compliance with the college’s policy on homosexual practice”; he is a gay man.
He appealed his termination and applied for reinstatement, but was refused, so took his complaint of discrimination to the Alberta Human Rights Commission. At this time, Mr. Vriend was told he was unable to make a complaint under the Individual’s Rights Protection Act (IRPA) of Alberta
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