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Members interested in posting articles are encouraged to send them to the editor, Dorianne Mullin.


An interview with Judge Amy Sakalauskas

  • November 16, 2017
  • Jack Townsend

I met Judge Amy Sakalauskas in 2015, through our mutual work with the CBA and on the NSBS v TWU appeal proceedings. Since then, Judge Sakalauskas has acted as a mentor and role model for me, and it was a joy to witness her appointment to the Nova Scotia Provincial Court earlier this year. She graciously agreed to sit down with me to discuss her evolution as an LGBT lawyer, jurist, and CBA member.

Judges Forum, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Doré, equality values, and TWU

  • August 22, 2017
  • Jack Townsend

In 2014, the Council of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society voted to conditionally accredit degrees from Trinity Western University's proposed law school. The condition imposed by Council related to a provision in a "community covenant" – a contract which must be signed by all students seeking admission to TWU – which prohibits "sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Institutionalized discrimination against trans persons: An academic study

  • August 03, 2017
  • Matthew Ponsford

As of 2016, gender identity and expression is a legally protected ground in human rights legislation passed in Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Prince Edward Island, while gender identity is statutorily protected in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and the Northwest Territories.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

1977: The year Quebec prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation

  • June 09, 2017
  • Michel Morin

In 1977, sexual orientation became a prohibited ground of discrimination under the Charter of human rights and freedoms. This Quebec law applies to juridical acts (contracts, wills, etc.), labour relations, goods and services ordinarily offered to the public and the leasing of a dwelling.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Retainer agreements - what are they?

  • June 01, 2017
  • Robert Shawyer

Common questions that clients have but seldom ask when they go to see a lawyer for the first time include: “What is a retainer?” “How do retainers work?” “Are there different types of retainers?”

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

LGBTQ rights in the Canadian military, conflict zones, and in refugee claims

  • June 09, 2016
  • Paul Saguil

Although the LGBTQ community has made considerable progress in achieving substantive equality under Canadian domestic law, there is still room for improvement in the recognition and enforcement of these rights and protections in certain contexts.

Military Law, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

A new resource for employers with transgender employees

  • August 16, 2014
  • Dorianne Mullin

An Ontario Human Rights Commission policy on preventing discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression helps employers, unions and others better prevent discrimination against transgender individuals…

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

A case for gender freedom in Quebec

  • August 16, 2014
  • Leslie-Anne Wood

Changing one’s gender is never easy – socially, physically and especially legally. In May, the Centre for Gender Advocacy filed proceedings before the QCSC challenging the validity of Quebec Civil Code provisions that, as Leslie-Anne Wood writes…

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity