Quebec’s Court of Appeal rejects bid to suspend Bill 21

In a divided decision issued Thursday, Quebec’s Court of Appeal decided not to suspend sections of the province’s secularism law.Though the three judges of the panel agreed the law is causing certain people irreparable harm, two of the judges ruled their hands are tied by the government’s use of the notwithstanding clause in the matter.Chief Justice Nicole Duval Hesler, who is facing...

Group launches brochure to inform Muslim women of their rights in post-Bill 21 Quebec

Bronwen Agnew holds up a sign at a rally that teachers organized against Bill 21 in Montreal Saturday, September 28, 2019 outside the Parc metro station. John Kenney / Montreal Gazette Saying it has recorded an “alarming rise in Islamophobia and racism” since the adoption of Bill 21, the Legault government’s ban on religious symbols in certain sectors of the public service, a...

Quebec politicians tell Manitoba to butt out of Quebec’s secularism policies

QUEBEC — Manitoba would be better off spending its money improving services for its francophone minority instead of buying ads in Quebec newspapers to try to woo away workers frustrated with Bill 21, Premier François Legault said Thursday.But the Parti Québécois has also plunged into the interprovincial squabbling, with interim party leader Pascal Bérubé sending a letter to the editor of...

Student ‘teachers of tomorrow’ denounce Quebec’s Bill 21

QUEBEC — On the same day a judge was hearing a legal challenge to Bill 21, a new coalition of students studying to become teachers has denounced Quebec’s secularism law as discriminatory.And they are calling on Education Minister Jean-François Roberge to remind school boards that the bill’s ban on religious symbols for persons in authority does not apply to teaching interns.The coalition,...

Bill 21 would not be shielded by notwithstanding clause under Anglade’s watch

Liberal leadership candidate Dominique Anglade says if her party forms the next provincial government in 2022, she would not renew the use of the Constitution’s notwithstanding clause to shield Quebec’s secularism law from the courts.Anglade made the comment at her campaign launch in Montreal Friday in response to a question from a reporter.In June the Coalition Avenir Québec government...

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed: Teachers’ challenge to Bill 21 sets good example

Bronwen Agnew holds up a sign at a rally that teachers organized against Bill 21 in Montreal Saturday, September 28, 2019 outside the Parc metro station. John Kenney / Montreal Gazette Teachers are so often among our first guiding lights. Many adults can think back to one or two teachers who had a profound impact on how we see the world. For me, it was my Grade 8 Enriched English teacher, Mrs....