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Ottawa, Mar 22 (Canadian-Media): During her daily briefing on Parliament Hill, Canada's Health Minister Patty Hajdu said she was considering that monetary penalties as well criminal penalties for Canadian travelers who disobey government's advice to self-isolate when they return home, media reports said.
Patty Hajdu. Image credit: Facebook Page
The Quarantine Act, which was updated in 2005 after the deadly SARS outbreak empowers the federal health minister to designate quarantine zones and fine or jail travelers who disobey quarantine requests.
More Canadians are expected to make it home in the coming days.
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Ottawa, Mar 19 (Canadian-Media): The confirmation of an additional 43 cases of COVID-19 in Ontario on Thursday bringing the provincial total to 257, led the Progressive Conservative government to consider passing an emergency legislation to protect workers who are forced to stay home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, media reports said.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford. Image credit: Twitter handle
The bill, which is expected to pass with unanimous consent from all parties to get it through quickly, will protect employees under investigation, supervision or treatment for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, including workers in isolation, in quarantine and those who need to provide care related to COVID-19, such as for school or daycare closure.
Ontario Government house leader Paul Calandra said the government will also introduce and expects to pass a second bill to enable municipal councils to meet by teleconference during the pandemic.
After Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) reported 1st COVID-19 case in an employee who works at the agency's Duncan Shop, TTC CEO Rick Leary forced about 170 impacted shop employees to self-isolate until March 25, and return to work on March 26 if they have no symptoms.
It was also decided by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks to shut down all parks until April 30 to protect the health of employees and visitors.
The closure includes all aspects of the parks, including day-use, car camping and back country camping.
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Ottawa, Mar 10 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made jointly on Mar 9 by David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, regarding proposed legislative amendments to Criminal Code, relating to Canada's conversion therapy-related conduct, media reports said.
David Lametti . Image credit: Twitter handle
Interim results of the 2019-2020 Community-Based Research Centre Sex Now Survey showed that 1 in 5 sexual minority men have been subjected to sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression change efforts.
The 2011-2012 results of the Survey also showed that lower income, Indigenous and trans persons were more vulnerable to conversion therapy.
Being aware that Canadians Diversity and inclusion are among Canada’s greatest strengths, and to ensure the safety of Canadians' identities, Government of Canada is acting on its commitment to criminalize conversion therapy in Canada.
“Conversion therapy is a cruel practice that can lead to life-long trauma, particularly for young people...to protecting the dignity and equality rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit Canadians, by criminalizing a practice...If passed, this bill would make Canada’s laws on conversion therapy the most progressive and comprehensive in the world," said Lametti.
“We all have a role to play to make sure LGBTQ2 persons feel safe and can fully participate in Canadian society...to ensure that everyone, everywhere in Canada can be who they truly are, and live full, healthy, and safe lives,” said Chagger.
The legislation proposes five new Criminal Code offences related to conversion therapy which include: causing a minor to undergo conversion therapy; removing a minor from Canada to undergo conversion therapy abroad; causing a person to undergo conversion therapy against their will; profiting from providing conversion therapy; and advertising an offer to provide conversion therapy.
Conversion therapy reflects myths and stereotypes about LGBTQ2 persons, in particular that sexual orientations other than heterosexual, and gender identities other than cisgender, can and should be changed. The practice can take various forms, including counselling and behavioural modification.
Criminal law reform is an important step toward protecting LGBTQ2 persons and promoting their rights.
The Government of Canada is committed to working with provinces, territories, municipalities and stakeholders to ensure that Canadians, regardless of their gender expression, gender identity, or sexual orientation, enjoy equal rights and freedom.
Practice and promotion of conversion therapy within their city limits is being banned by some Canadian municipalities, such as Vancouver, B.C., and Calgary, Edmonton, St. Albert, Strathcona County, Lethbridge, Wood Buffalo and Spruce Grove, Alberta.
Legislation has been enacted in Ontario, Nova Scotia and PEI to specify that conversion therapy is not an insured health service. Health care professionals are banned from providing treatment to minors, unless they are capable of consenting.
Manitoba has implemented non-legislative measures to facilitate health professionals to discontinue conversion therapy practice in the province.