Ontario and Nova Scotia both say 'no' to discriminatory Covenant

Friday, April 25, 2014

Yesterday the Law Society of Upper Canada voted against accrediting Trinity Western University's proposed law school. Today the Nova Scotia Barrister's Society voted not to accredit Trinity Western until they remove the requirement that students, faculty and staff sign a Community Covenant that discriminates against gays and lesbians.

Two good days for equality.

Researchers and advocates take note: Open data is coming to Ontario

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Ontario government recently committed to an open government strategy. As part of this strategy, it is taking steps to make some of its government data sets “open”. “Open” in this context means that the data will be made publicly available, in a re-usable format (no pesky pdfs), at no charge, and under an open licence (no limits on reuse of the data).  Open data has obvious benefits over “closed” data. For those who use government data in their research and advocacy work, having key data sets made open means that it will no longer be necessary to request this data under access to information laws, with the attendant costs and delays. The re-usable format of the data will also make it much easier to analyze, plot, or map the data, or to combine it with other relevant data sets. Of course, governments are not permitted to release confidential or personal information as open data, so not all government information can or will be made available in this way.

As part of their strategy, the Ontario government has launched a web site which allows the public to “vote” for the data sets they would like to see opened. 

Champions of the open data movement have tended to be developers who are keen to gain access to government data in order to build useful apps. This is a fine thing, but it does mean that interest in open data may be skewed towards the kind of data that has obvious popular or commercial applications. If you are a researcher or a member of an advocacy group that seeks other kinds of data – whether it is related to health, housing, correctional services, employment, poverty, and so on – this is the opportunity to vote for this type of data to be made open.

Researching and Writing for Equality*

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

* The Latest & Greatest from SSRN


The latest from our colleague, Professor Vanessa Gruben:

"Women as Patients, Not Spare Parts: Examining the Relationship Between the Physician and Women Egg Providers" 

(2013) 25 Canadian Journal of Women and the Law 249 


Egg donation in Canada is shrouded in secrecy. Although much of the evidence is anecdotal, there are reports of women who are stimulated to produce many more eggs than is safe; women who receive little to no follow-up care from their treating physician when they suffer from serious complications; and women who are denied or receive inadequate records of their medical care leading them to question whether they have received substandard care from their physicians. Their stories give rise to serious concerns about the medical treatment of women who donate their eggs and are a sign that greater scrutiny of egg donation in Canada is warranted. The objective of this article is to examine the role of the physician who treats a woman who is donating her eggs; to highlight the possibility of substandard care; to examine the legal, ethical, and professional requirements of the physician; and to offer recommendations to ensure that all women who donate their eggs receive the best possible medical care available. 

Full paper available here
Designed by Rachel Gold.