Only a few weeks ago, a Texas husband successfully sued a hospital to remove his brain dead wife, Marlise Munoz, from “life support,” something they had refused to do because she was pregnant. The Fort Worth hospital believed they were following a state law which instructed them not to stop “life-sustaining treatment” for a patient who is pregnant, despite the woman’s own wishes. A judge eventually concluded that a dead person is not a patient.
A few thousand miles to the north, another family is in the exact same situation. But Dylan Benson, 32, of British Columbia is choosing to keep his brain dead pregnant wife Robyn Benson hooked up to life support until the fetus can be delivered via C-section. Keep reading »
“It’s a very delicate question to answer because I’ll hurt some people and please others but you have to have an opinion. For me, it’s not about the veil — it’s beyond that. I’m not against what people wear but if you go to the hospital, and you are in Quebec and we have embraced you and opened our country for you to live in a better world, you have to adapt to our rules. If the doctor is a boy or a girl, you’re gonna see the doctor that [is] sent to [treat] you. You can’t just say, “My religion doesn’t permit me to see a woman or a male doctor.” That’s the problem for me. If I’m going to see a doctor and he is gay, I’m not going to have a problem with that. It should not be an issue. … It’s just that these women who practice the things they believe in have to adapt to our country. They have to not change our laws. Because you have a lot of Anglican or veiled women in a school—you can’t just take off the [Catholic] cross from the walls, or take down Christmas trees. If I go live in their country and have to be veiled, I will.”
Celine Dion did an interview with the Canadian magazine MacCleans and was asked, as someone who has been called Quebec’s greatest ambassador, what she thinks about the province’s new proposed charter of values, which would forbid veils and turbans. Amnesty International, as well as the province’s own Human Rights Commission, criticized Quebec for including in its charter of values a ban on public employees wearing the Islamic face-covering veil, such as the hijab, as well as turbans. The 600,000 public employees affected include medical professionals, educators and day care workers, among others. Amnesty pointed out that it would limit women’s rights, as some women will opt not to work at all if they cannot wear their religious garments. Keep reading »
It. Is. Finally. Happening. Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne — the couple known affectionately as Chavril — are getting married in the south of France today. Over the weekend, some Chavril friends tweeted about wedding festivities, which set off a rumor that the wedding happened on Saturday, which set off a frantic stream of “I NEED PICS WHERE ARE THE PICS” messages between Amelia and me, but alas, the event was actually a pre-wedding party. Today is the actual wedding day, and the best part? Today is also Canada Day. Seriously.
Wondering how to properly celebrate the Canadian Royal Wedding? Here are five ideas… Keep reading »
Hacktivist group Anonymous announced yesterday they know the identities of two rapists who sexually assaulted Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old Nova Scotia girl who died on Sunday, and plan to release their names unless the Canadian government brings her family justice. In 2011, Parsons was raped by four boys at a party and a photograph taken of the rape was then distributed around school; she was bullied and harassed by other students so badly that her family moved. Police did not press charges because they claimed to lack evidence. After struggling with suicidal thoughts, last week, Rehtaeh tried to kill herself and was badly injured; this weekend, her family removed her from life support. Her mother, Leah Parsons, penned a Facebook message on Monday, detailing the ways her daughter’s rapists were never brought to justice — particularly how the police allegedly waited 10 months to interview the alleged rapists.
Now Anonymous, which was involved in bringing the Steubenville rapists to justice, is getting involved. Keep reading »
Here’s a news story that sounds like one we’ve read before: a 19-year-old got a ride home with four people from a night club, who instead took the 19-year-old to a remote location where a sexual assault occurred. But in this instance, the 19-year-old was a man and the four alleged suspects are women. According the Canada’s National Post, the alleged incident occurred on Sunday, March 31, when the young man got a ride home from four women he met in a Toronto club. The man then claims he was taken to a parking lot and sexually assaulted by all four women. Yes, men can be victims of sexual assault as well. What a tragic reminder that rape culture hurts everyone. [Toronto Star; National Post]