Campaign: Fair & Just Society

Eliminate discounting of alcohol for religious purposes

According to the Toronto Star, "the LCBO also allows deep discounts on sacramental wine purchased by bona fide religious groups". The charitable tax category "advancement of religion" effectively discriminates against groups which either don't apply to qualify under this category or are deemed not to be a religion.

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Campaign: Health Care

Eliminate Doctors 'Right' to refuse treatment

In Ontario, a Doctor can refuse to give treatment to a person because the doctors religous views do not suppor the treatment. For example, my fiance was denied birth control by a walk-in doctor at her doctors office (her regular doctor was on vacation), this walk-in doctor (a christian, and very verbal about it) stated that giving birth control to unmarried women encourages them to be more promescious. TL;DR : A doctor ...more »

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Remove religious property tax exemption

Provincial legislation prohibits municipalities from imposing property taxes on properties owned by religious organizations, including private religious schools. I would estimate that in the absence of this prohibition, municipalities and the province would collect 3% more in municipal and education property taxes, respectively.

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No Ontario Property Tax Exemption for Churches that Discriminate

Churches that discriminate against LGBT people by not granting them the same services as everyone else, including marriage ceremonies or Churches that discriminate against women by not allowing them to be Priests should get no tax exemptions.

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Campaign: Education

Religious Studies/Cultural Studies in Elementary Schools

I believe that many of the prejudices that are present in today's society occur because of lack of education/information. If a parent talks negatively about a certain group of people it is likely that their young children will inherit the same view. With the implementation of Religious or Cultural Studies in younger grades, children will be exposed to this information at a younger age. Nothing overly specific, since ...more »

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Eliminate Catholic education development charges in Toronto

The Toronto English secular school board does not impose education development charges, but the Toronto English Catholic school board does, even though polling and census data indicate that Toronto residents are less Catholic, and more atheist, than the province in general, and Toronto residents are more opposed to the public Catholic schools than the province in general. Toronto's infrastructure is also largely already ...more »

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Stop Religious Abuse of Children by Adults/Parents

 

 

Choice of one's religion or faith should be up to an adult to decide for him/herself after the age of 21.

 

No adult, (parents included), should be allowed to pressure any child regarding his/her religious beliefs, and should be held criminally accountable for imposing, or trying to impose, their religious beliefs on a child.

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Remove requirement of oath of allegiance in civil service

Some people object to being required to take the oath of allegiance due to violating their religious beliefs or opposition to hereditary privilege. The lieutenant governor, MPPs, justices of the superior courts, appellate courts and provincial courts, staff of the Ontario civil service, including crown appointees, are required to take the oath of allegiance to the queen.

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Change the "God keep our land…" part in the national anthem.

According to this Wikipedia article ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irreligion_in_Canada ) which cites the 2011 Canadian Census, the number of people that claim no religion has increased a lot since the 2001 census and it is 23.1% in Ontario and 49.9% in the Yukon! That is not a negligible percentage. It is estimated that 4.9 million Canadians claim to have no religion. If we have that many people in Canada that are ...more »

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Campaign: Education

End ALL Funding for Religious Education

There is no moral justification for continuing to fund a single religious education system. There is also no defensible economic position for continuing this massive duplication and waste of public monies.

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