Law Protecting Afghanistan Women Blocked By Conservatives.
Even small gains are being lost….
KABUL, Afghanistan — Conservative religious lawmakers in Afghanistan blocked legislation on Saturday aimed at strengthening provisions for women’s freedoms, arguing that parts of it violate Islamic principles and encourage disobedience.
The fierce opposition highlights how tenuous women’s rights remain a dozen [...]
IPS – Women’s Rights Still Denied in Latin America | Inter Press Service.
Inequality and injustice underlie day-to-day violence,” Gabriela Delgado, of the human rights programme at the state National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), told IPS. “The bottleneck for women’s struggles is the justice system. This means that structural changes are needed.”
Among the [...]
Artist finds inspiration in Canadian government’s attempt to silence her | Environment | guardian.co.uk.
“It is almost like it’s a corporation exercising extreme message control,” she said in a phone interview. “It’s as if Stephen Harper were the CEO of Canada the corporation and we were his employees and we were not allowed to step [...]
Two Toronto Catholic school trustees move to get rid of gay-straight alliances – The Globe and Mail.
Two Toronto Catholic District School Board trustees are looking to eliminate Gay Straight Alliances from the city’s Catholic Schools.
Trustee Garry Tanuan, who represents Ward 8 Scarborough, will introduce a motion at a May 23 board meeting that [...]
[13-May-13] Enbridge asks NEB to keep pipeline safety issues secret.
“…Eighteen months after being ordered to correct important safety issues with its oil and gas pipelines, Enbridge has finally filed a plan with the National Energy Board (NEB) as to how and when it will come into compliance with the NEB’s regulations. The company [...]
The Trials of Child Marriage | Human Rights Watch.Girls Forced to Marry Face Physical Health Problems, Lack of Education
“Girls are born so that people can eat,” he told her. “All I want is to get my dowry.”
[Note: This is an article from Human Rights Watch, HRW.org, highlighting research on Child Marriage in [...]
NEWS: Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere now tops 400 ppm.
We’ve hit it (and surpassed the 350.org mark, of course)
The BBC reports, “Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have broken through a symbolic mark. Daily measurements of CO2 at a US government agency lab on Hawaii have topped 400 parts per million for the [...]
On May 5th, Cathy Dunphy (a member of OHS and a Humanist Officiant) and Gretta Vosper, Minister of West Hill United in Scarborough, and a declared Atheist, were interviewed at West Hill United Church as part of Interview an Atheist at Church Day. They did a great job, and if you follow the link, you [...]
Science Cuts: Ottawa Views Pure Science As ‘Cash Cow,’ Critics Say.
More details about the redirection of science research into industry (entire article at link above).
“…an analysis of more than 140,000 NSERC grants going back to before the Tories took office in 2006 reveals in stark terms how remaining federal research dollars have been [...]
forwarded by Gail. No other info available,on the Ontario Health Coalition website, so email contact is email@example.com
People’s Shadow Summit & Mass Rally to keep the Federal Government from walking away from National Public Medicare
featuring workshops, teach-in, cross-country round-up, media events Wednesday July 24 Thursday July 25 9 a.m – 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s [...]
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and whistleblowers | rabble.ca.
A new report out on Censorship, Intellectual Freedom,:
” Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) has just issued a report for the year 2012-13 that should challenge our complacency. The CJFE report details how the Conservative government and its bureaucracy are muzzling scientists, putting roadblocks in [...]
Survival of the … Nicest? | Common Dreams.
Eric Michael Johnson is a doctoral student in the history of science at the University of British Columbia. His research examines the interplay between evolutionary biology and politics.
A century ago, industrialists like Andrew Carnegie believed that Darwin’s theories justified an economy of vicious competition and [...]
Political Science Quarterly.
[a cautionary tale - with regard to the same divisions in Canada]
The United States has failed to take action to mitigate climate change thanks in part to the large number of religious Americans who believe the world has a set expiration date.
Research by David C. Barker of the University [...]
From Friday 8 – Sunday 10 August 2014 the British Humanist Association will be hosting the largest and most prestigious international gathering of humanists from all over the world.
Taking place in Oxford, UK, IHEU’s triennial World Humanist Congress for 2014 is on the theme of “Freedom of thought and expression: Forging a 21st century enlightenment”. It’s a topic [...]
Forwarded by Terri in Owen Sound:
Our peace group is having Dr. Peter Russell, a leading authority on Canadian Constitutional Democracy up to speak on April 30. We will follow his talk with a World Cafe styled ‘conversation’. He’s speaking at the high school in the afternoon. Kids are being bussed in from several [...]
From CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/04/22/pol-rad-can-christian-college-infrastructure-funding.html?cmp=rss
The Harper government has awarded over $20 million of its infrastructure funding to Christian colleges and universities since the launch of the Knowledge Infrastructure Program in 2009.
Some of the schools receiving federal infrastructure funds prohibit things like homosexual relationships, based on the educational institution’s moral code or religious teachings.
A new [...]
In 2011, OHS issued a policy statement on Public School Funding, which can be read in full here: http://ontariohumanists.ca/ethical-action/position-papers
It begins: “When the establishment of Separate (Roman Catholic) and Public (Protestant) school boards was first mandated, we lived in a different society, and at a different time. This act may have secured equal funding to [...]
Prof. Stephen Hawking tells students the universe does not need a God to exist | The Raw Story.
Former Cambridge Professor Stephen Hawking told students at Caltech this week that, contrary to the feelings of many God enthusiasts, the universe did not require a deity to create, nor does it require one to continue existing.
Same-sex marriage is recognized in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina and Denmark. Lawmakers in Uruguay approved a law last week that President Jose Mujica is expected to sign. Nine states in the U.S. also recognize such marriages, but the federal government does not.
Here is an international chart, [...]
Pope Francis Supports Crackdown on US Nuns.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Monday that Pope Francis supports the Holy See’s crackdown on the largest umbrella group of U.S. nuns, dimming hopes that a Jesuit pope whose emphasis on the poor mirrored the nuns’ own social outreach would take a different approach than his [...]