1998 Press Releases
Ontario Court Rules
December 10, 1998
Justice Rivard of the Ontario Court(General Division) ruled on December 8, 1998 that the definition of 'spouse'in the Ontario Pension Benefits Act is discriminatory and unconstitutional because it excludes same-sex partners.
Lesbian and Gay Immigration Film Puts Spotlight on Discrimination in Canada
November 27, 1998
“The one thing that came across is that our relationship didn’t matter. It wasn’t legal, it wasn’t legitimate and, even if it was, it didn’t matter.” (Interview with Joan Bridget)
B.C. Government to Extend Same-Sex Pension Benefits
June 22, 1998
The national lobbying organization EGALE (Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere) welcomed today the announcement of the British Columbia government to introduce equal pension benefits for public sector employees with same-sex partners.
Reform Party’s Same-Sex Motion Forces Government to Choose: Intolerance or Equality
June 8, 1998
The Liberal Government will be put on the spot today, forced to choose between supporting equality or supporting intolerance, thanks to an opposition motion being brought for debate in the House of Commons. The Reform Party has devoted their June 8...
Nova Scotia Government Extends Same-Sex Pension Benefits
May 25, 1998
The national lesbian and gay equality organization EGALE welcomed today the decision of the Nova Scotia government to settle the court challenge brought by Wilson Hodder and extend equal pension benefits to those in same-sex relationships.
Income Tax Act Definition of 'Spouse' Must Be Extended to Include Same-Sex Couples for Pension Purposes
April 23, 1998
The Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision today in Rosenberg & CUPE v. Canada—a constitutional challenge to the provisions of the Income Tax Act which fail to recognize any pension plans making equal provision for those in same-sex...
Alberta Must Protect Gays and Lesbians from Discrimination
April 2, 1998
'This is a great day for all Canadians who care about equality.' said John Fisher, Executive Director of EGALE, a national lesbian and gay rights organization which intervened in support of Delwin Vriend’s challenge to Alberta’s refusal to...
Supreme Court of Canada to Release Decision in Vriend v Alberta
April 1, 1998
The Supreme Court of Canada will release its decision tomorrow in Vriend v Alberta, which will determine whether Alberta is required to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination. EGALE intervened in support of Vriend’s challenge to the...
EGALE to Appear before Senate Committee on Child Custody
March 20, 1998
EGALE has received a request from the Senate Special Committee on Child Custody and Access to appear next Monday and address issues relevant to same-sex relationships and lesbian and gay parenting. Testifying with EGALE will be a number of experts in...
EGALE Shocked by Supreme Court Judge’s Anti-Gay Slur
March 13, 1998
'I’m stunned. I just can’t believe it,' said John Fisher, Executive Director of EGALE. 'Judge Binnie’s comments are totally unacceptable, and betray a lack of awareness of the history of discrimination suffered by gays and lesbians.'
Lesbian/Gay Groups Appear at Immigration Consultation
March 11, 1998
The national lesbian and gay organizations EGALE (Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere) and LEGIT (the Lesbian and Gay Immigration Task Force) made a joint appearance earlier today before Immigration Minister Lucienne Robillard, PC, MP, and the...
EGALE Makes Its Position Clear
March 11, 1998
The following piece is written in response to an opinion piece in February’s issue of Wayves that called into question EGALE’s position on same-sex marriage.