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LSUC hosts discussion on 'Canadian values' and 'competing' rights

Monday, May 15, 2017 @ 12:02 PM | By John Chunn

Given the rise of divisive rhetoric and religiously based violence and discrimination in Canada and elsewhere, the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Race Relations Foundation invite you to join them from 5:15 to 7:45 p.m. EDT on May 15 for a discussion that will consider new ways of thinking about “Canadian values” and “competing” rights.

The event is being held at Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen St. W., in Toronto. The discussion, which is can be viewed as a live webcast, will examine why cultural/faith practices different than our own make us uncomfortable; how we can find common ground; and how we balance rights so as to promote understanding and reduce tensions between communities.

Raj Anand, a bencher with the law society and partner with WeirFoulds LLP, will speak on the legal framework for balancing rights. The moderator for the discussion is Anita Bromberg, executive director of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation.

The panellists are:

Raj Anand; LSUC;

Patrick Case, adjunct professor, University of Guelph and chair, Human Rights Legal Support Centre;

Nuzhat Jafri, president of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, and:

Nav K. Singh, Sikh Canadian feminist lawyer, professor and policy consultant.

This public event is free, but space is limited. For additional information and to register, click here.