Prostitution Tag

25 Oct 2012 Prostitution Law Going to Supreme Court

Oct 25, 2012: Sure enough, Canada's prostitution law challenge is going to the nation's highest court. Read the CBC account here. ARPA Canada has published a quality policy report on the matter, urging our federal government to re-examine our law before the top court strikes it down. Find a copy, and links to EasyMail letters here....

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27 Mar 2012 Prostitution Law Struck Down by Ontario Court of Appeal

On Monday, March 26th, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in the prostitution challenge. The court ruled on the constitutionality of the three sections of the Criminal Code that outlaw certain parts of the sex trade. The section outlawing solicitation was upheld. The section outlawing "living off the avails" of prostitution was amended to only apply to pimps, and the section outlawing "keeping a bawdy house" was thrown out. The ruling has moved the discussion of this issue in a better direction than the lower court ruling; however,...

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18 Nov 2011 Prostitution Is Modern Slavery

During the ARPA Canada Fall Tour, one of the three topics presented was an argument for abolishing the sex trade. Human trafficking and prostitution are connected, and in some ways brutally so. If we ever dare to think that prostitution is a totally voluntary career choice for women, we fail women and we deny them justice. What happens in third-world countries is undeniably worse than what happens in Canada. However, it is a matter of degree and of scope; what happens in third world countries also happens in Canada. It...

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22 Sep 2011 Action Needed: Prostitution in Canada

Today, ARPA Canada sent a policy report on prostitution, available in both official languages, to each and every Member of Parliament and Senator. This is the first issue of our new biannual publication that we titled Respectfully Submitted. Click here to view an e-version. Our motivation is that Christians be proactive by putting forward quality policy recommendations rather than just react to the negative laws. We need your help to make this effective.
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22 Sep 2011 Action Needed: Prostitution in Canada

Today, ARPA Canada sent a policy report on prostitution, available in both official languages, to each and every Member of Parliament and Senator. This is the first issue of our new biannual publication that we titled Respectfully Submitted. Click here to view an e-version. Our motivation is that Christians be proactive by putting forward quality policy recommendations rather than just react to the negative laws. We need your help to make this effective.
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15 Jun 2011 Coalition to Ask Court: is Prostitution Wrong?

Toronto, ON – Tomorrow, the Christian Legal Fellowship, Catholic Civil Rights League, and REAL Women of Canada (the coalition) will have an opportunity to present arguments before the Ontario Court of Appeal in Bedford v. AG (Canada).  Over the past three days, the Court has considered whether the Criminal Code provisions against operating a bawdy house, living on the avails of prostitution, and communicating for the purposes of prostitution violate the Charter rights of prostitutes.  In presenting its arguments, the coalition will seek to reframe the dialogue by asking the Court to first answer the fundamental question posed by the appeal: “Is prostitution wrong?”
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15 Jun 2011 Coalition to Ask Court: is Prostitution Wrong?

Toronto, ON – Tomorrow, the Christian Legal Fellowship, Catholic Civil Rights League, and REAL Women of Canada (the coalition) will have an opportunity to present arguments before the Ontario Court of Appeal in Bedford v. AG (Canada).  Over the past three days, the Court has considered whether the Criminal Code provisions against operating a bawdy house, living on the avails of prostitution, and communicating for the purposes of prostitution violate the Charter rights of prostitutes.  In presenting its arguments, the coalition will seek to reframe the dialogue by asking the Court to first answer the fundamental question posed by the appeal: “Is prostitution wrong?”
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31 Mar 2011 Top court will hear prostitution law challenge

ARPA Note: It is important that our federal government introduce legislation before the Supreme Court strikes down the existing law. Find an indepth report about the options here. This election campaign, ask the candidates what they plan to do about Canada's prostitution laws. CBC.ca March 31, 2011: The Supreme Court of Canada will hear a challenge on the legality of Canada's anti-prostitution law.  The high court granted the leave application brought by the B.C. Attorney General in the case involving Vancouver's Downtown Eastside sex workers. Read more...

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28 Sep 2010 Ottawa to Appeal Court Ruling that Struck Down Prostitution Laws

Globe & Mail, September 29, 2010: The federal government will appeal an Ontario court judgment that struck down Canada's prostitution laws. Justice Minister Rob Nicholson announced in the House of Commons Wednesday that the government will challenge Tuesday's ruling that the laws are unconstitutional. Prostitution is not illegal in Canada, but the court struck down three provisions that criminalized most aspects of it. Keep reading this report. Action Item: In addition to prayer, send a letter to your MP as well as Prime Minister Harper, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson, and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Rona Ambrose ([email protected], [email protected], [email protected]) thanking them for agreeing to appeal this court decision (sample letter is below). Learn more about this issue by reading a quality report from the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. Also, find the Christian Legal Fellowship's press release about this below.
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12 Jul 2010 Prostitution in Canada Where are we Headed?

Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Report: A Comparison of the Swedish and the Dutch Models, and the Correlation Between Prostitution and Human Trafficking Facing two constitutional challenges pending in Ontario and British Columbia, Canada should prepare itself to revisit our existing prostitution legislation and its effectiveness. The court challenges aim to strike down relevant provisions in the Criminal Code which render all activities surrounding and related to prostitution illegal. [Click here to read the EFC's 20 page report and click here for a short intro to the issue]....

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