Decisions on Equality Linked Cases Before the Supreme Court of Canada Due in March 2004

Monday, January 19 2004

Decisions on Equality Linked Cases Before the Supreme Court of Canada Due in March 2004

The Supreme Court has decided to hear 4 cases all at once in March 2004. Equality-seeking groups will be watching. LEAF (Women's Legal Education and Action Fund) will intervene in at least one: the Ontario spouse in the house case.

The four cases are:

  1. Ontario spouse in the house rule: a woman on welfare cannot have a man living with her without the government holding him responsible for her.
  2. The British Columbia government reneged on the early childhood education of autistic children. The parents won a case arguing the gov't had a positive obligation to the children; the gov't is appealing because they don't want the courts telling them what programs they have to provide.
  3. Newfoundland & Labrador: female health care workers won a pay equity decision. The government didn't want to pay, so put in a new act that allowed them to not pay them and the women are appealing.
  4. Concerning the different benefits that married vs. common law spouses get at the time of death.

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