Author Archives: Linda McKay-Panos

About Linda McKay-Panos

Linda McKay-Panos is the Executive Director of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre. She taught Language Arts and Social Studies with the Calgary Board of Education for 7 years before returning to university to obtain a Law Degree. She practiced law for a time, before joining the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre in 1992 as a Research Associate. Linda is a sessional instructor in the Faculties of Communication and Culture and Law at the University of Calgary. Linda received her Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Calgary. Linda is the President of the Alberta Association for Multicultural Education and the Past President of the Public Legal Education Network of Alberta. Linda is the author of several publications dealing with civil liberties, access to information, human rights, discrimination, equality and related topics. Linda received the 2001 Suzanne Mah Award and an Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 for her work in human rights in Alberta.

New Parameters for Family Status Adopted in Alberta

By: Linda McKay-Panos  PDF Version: New Parameters for Family Status Adopted in Alberta Case Commented on: Clark v Bow Valley College, 2014 AHRC 4 Recently, human rights decisions in federal tribunals and courts have adopted a broader definition of “family … Continue reading

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Private Health Insurance and Charter Section 7

By: Linda McKay-Panos  PDF Version: Private Health Insurance and Charter Section 7 Case discussed: Allen v Alberta, 2014 ABQB 184 Over the past few years, various courts across Canada have addressed the ambit of the Charter right to life, liberty … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Limits Employment Relationship in Human Rights Cases

By: Linda McKay-Panos  PDF Version: Supreme Court Limits Employment Relationship in Human Rights Cases Case commented on: McCormick v Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, 2014 SCC 39 In an earlier post, I expressed hope that in McCormick, the Supreme Court of … Continue reading

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Privacy Legislation Tangles with the Civil Litigation Process

Written by: Linda McKay-Panos PDF Version: Privacy Legislation Tangles with the Civil Litigation Process Case commented on:Calgary Board of Education v Alberta (Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner), 2014 ABQB 189 A recent Court of Queen’s Bench decision demonstrates … Continue reading

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Federal Court of Appeal Clarifies Requirements for Family Status Discrimination

By: Linda McKay-Panos PDF Version: Federal Court of Appeal Clarifies Requirements for Family Status Discrimination Case commented on:Canada (Attorney General) v Johnstone, 2014 FCA 110 (Johnstone, 2014) In an earlier post (see here) which discussed the case of three women … Continue reading

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Drug Paraphernalia Bylaw Upheld as Constitutional

By: Linda McKay-Panos PDF Version: Drug Paraphernalia Bylaw Upheld as Constitutional Case commented on: Smith v St. Albert (City), 2014 ABCA 76 University of Calgary Constitutional law students will find this case interesting and perhaps will feel vindicated when they … Continue reading

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Professional Bodies, Internationally Educated Graduates and the Alberta Human Rights Act

By: Jason Wai and Linda McKay-Panos PDF Version: Professional Bodies, Internationally Educated Graduates and the Alberta Human Rights Act Case commented on: Mihaly v The Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta, 2014 AHRC 1 A recent Human … Continue reading

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Accommodation is a Challenging Issue for Employers, Employees and Human Rights Commissions

By: Linda McKay-Panos PDF Version: Accommodation is a Challenging Issue for Employers, Employees and Human Rights Commissions Case commented on: Robinson v Edmonton (City), 2014 ABQB 29 It is perhaps only logical that since physical disability is the most common … Continue reading

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Alberta Government Considers Strategies to Address Bullying—Is Legislation the Answer?

By: Linda McKay-Panos PDF Version: Alberta Government Considers Strategies to Address Bullying—Is Legislation the Answer? Event commented on: Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association Discussion on Anti-bullying Legislation On January 30, 2014, the Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association (RMCLA) hosted a … Continue reading

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Supreme Court of Canada Expresses Its Opinion on Alberta Privacy Case

PDF Version: Supreme Court of Canada Expresses Its Opinion on Alberta Privacy Case Case commented on: Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner v United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401, 2013 SCC 62 (“AIPC v UFCW”) This case out of Alberta … Continue reading

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