The Supreme Court of Canada is about to begin hearings in the case of Vriend v Alberta - a constitutional challenge to Alberta’s refusal to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination.
|Press Conference:||Monday, November 3, 1997|
|Place:||Charles Lynch Press Theatre, Room 130-S
Centre Block, House of Commons
Speaking at the Press Conference will be:
The hearing before the Supreme Court of Canada will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 4 and will continue on Wednesday, November 5.
Delwin Vriend was fired from his teaching position for being gay. Unable to bring a human rights complaint because Alberta’s human rights legislation does not prohibit “sexual orientation” discrimination, he is asking the Supreme Court of Canada to extend Alberta’s human rights legislation to protect gays and lesbians. Numerous groups and intervenors are supporting Delwin Vriend’s appeal, including GALA- the Gay and Lesbian Awareness Society of Edmonton, EGALE and the Federal Government. The Province of Ontario is joining with Alberta in opposing the appeal.
The speakers from Alberta will be arriving at 2:37 pm on Saturday, November 1 (Air Canada flt 104), and will also be available for interviews throughout the weekend (contact c/o EGALE office: 230-1043).
For further information:
John Fisher, EGALE, (613) 230-1043
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