Ron Csillag is an author at Religion News Service.
Charter of Quebec Values would ban ‘overt’ religious symbols
(RNS) The Charter of Quebec Values would prohibit public employees from wearing large crosses and crucifixes, Islamic headscarves, Sikh turbans and Jewish yarmulkes.
Quebec moves to ban religious headgear for public employees
(RNS) The measure would prohibit doctors, nurses, police officers, civil servants, public school teachers and public day care workers from wearing hijabs, turbans, yarmulkes and visible crucifixes or crosses.
Quebec lifts turban ban, but allegations of intolerance linger
(RNS) The Quebec Soccer Federation lifted the Sikh headgear ban Saturday (June 15). But allegations of religious intolerance and racism still linger.
Soccer ban on Sikh turbans leads to backlash against Quebec
TORONTO (RNS) The decision to ban Sikh religious headgear is the latest chapter in Quebec’s hotly contested debate over religious accommodation.
Quebec loses status as Canada’s most secular province
TORONTO (RNS) Are Quebecers getting more religious or are other Canadians getting more secular? Either way, Quebec is no longer Canada’s most secular province, according to a new report.
Catholic college engages atheism head-on
TORONTO (RNS) It’s an unlikely setting for an unlikely class. The chapel at Jesuit-run Regis College is adorned with stained glass, icons of Mary and Joseph, and the Stations of the Cross. The eight-week course being taught here is on atheism. More properly, “Responding to 21st-Century Atheism.”
Customer sues Muslim barber for refusing to cut her hair
TORONTO (RNS) A Toronto woman has lodged a complaint against a barber who refused to cut her hair because he's Muslim. By Ron Csillag.
Canada cuts all non-Christian prison chaplains
TORONTO (RNS) The Canadian government is canceling the contracts of all non-Christian chaplains at federal prisons as a cost-cutting measure, saying non-Christians inmates will be expected to turn to Christian prison chaplains for religious counsel. By Ron Csillag.
Parents seek veto on sexuality teaching in Ontario schools
TORONTO (RNS) A group of conservative Christian and Muslim parents in Ontario want schools to notify them before their children are taught about sexuality, birth control, “environmental worship” and occult practices. By Ron Csillag.
Canadian man sues to stop ‘anguish’ of Lord’s Prayer
TORONTO (RNS) A Canadian man is suing his local government to stop the recitation of the Lord's Prayer, claiming “anguish, discrimination, exclusion, rejection and loss of enjoyment of life.” By Ron Csillag.
Arctic Christians get first complete Inuit Bible
TORONTO (RNS) Later this spring, an entire Bible in Inuktitut, the language of Inuit people and the most widely spoken aboriginal tongue in Canada's Arctic, will be dedicated at an igloo-shaped church in Nunavut, an autonomous region carved out of the Northwest Territories in 1999. By Ron Csillag.