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To all AHEA members:

 
On Thursday October 4th, 2012, three members of the AHEA executive - Ted Tederoff, Patty Marler, and Paul van den Bosch - met with Alberta Education Minister Jeff Johnson at his office in the Legislature.
 
The meeting was cordial, however the Minister told us that no final decision had been made at this time, on whether the Alberta Human Rights Act would be referenced in the new Education Act. (which will likely be one of the first pieces of legislation introduced when the Legislature begins sitting October 23rd).
 
Since we therefore still do not know what that Education Act will contain, AHEA asks that all members please consider the following actions:
 
  1. Please pray: for all politicians, for all home educators, and for God's will in all things.
  2. Make one more contact with your MLA to again make the point that the Human Rights Act undermines the fundamental rights and freedoms of all parents.
  3. if you know any "new Albertans" (or are in contact with groups that represent them) take the time to explain how this issue affects them. (The concern here is that some new Albertans are not aware of how human rights tribunals work and how they are threats to all parents).

One more note: Minister Johnson made it clear that AHEA will be involved in all aspects of the upcoming review of the Home Education Regulation. The Regulation will be reviewed (along with all other education regulations) in the 18 months after the passing of a new Education Act.

Keep home schooling and keep praying!
 
From all of the members of the AHEA Board

More News:
Human Rights Ruling affects Toronto District Schools (Click Here)
German parents lose custody of their children for homeschooling (Click Here)
Global Home Education Convention in Berlin (Click Here)
Human Rights Legislation: How Could There Possibly be a Problem? (Click Here)
Boost in the arm for Albertans fighting for parental rights (Click Here)

Human Rights Ruling affects Toronto District Schools

October 11, 2012
 
The practicality of human rights commission rulings hit education hard last week in Toronto.  The Toronto District School Board has implemented a policy which allows any individual who is ‘feeling’ a different gender than they were ‘assigned at birth’ to use the public school washroom of their gender choice.  No medical documentation to ‘prove’ their gender is required and no individual may question a person’s motives for using a bathroom inconsistent with their ‘gender assigned at birth’.
 
Practical Application: The practical application of this policy is that anyone on Toronto District property can use any bathroom at any time.  During school hours, Toronto District parents are faced with the reality that ‘physical’ men and older boys will be welcome to use the same bathroom as their little girls.
 
Where did this new Policy come from?  A Human Rights Commission ruling
Ryan Bird, Communications Officer for the Toronto Disctrict School Board responded to the question of “Where did this policy come from?”  He stated, “... this came out of a mediation decision from the Ontario Human Rights Commission last year between the TDSB and a student. So this is coming out from the Ontario Human Rights Commission.  So we are taking our lead from them in putting together these guidelines.”   http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/video/1876267283001
 
Human Rights Commissions non-judicial rulings ARE affecting education in a significant way.
 
What can we do in Alberta?
1.Tell people about the new policies in Toronto and about how human rights commission rulings are affecting the overall society in a profound way. Alberta’s Department of Education is still considering imbedding the Alberta Human Rights Act into the Provincial Education Act. Ask people to call their MLA to voice their opposition to this.

http://www.aheaonline.com/index.php/political-updates/367-letter-sent-to-minister-johnson-regarding-ahra-from-ahea

 
2.Learn more about Provincial and Federal human rights legislation and speak to your MLA about your concerns.
 
3. Contact your MLA to voice  your opposition.  To find your MLA, click http://www.assembly.ab.ca/net/index.aspx?p=mla_home

Human Rights Legislation: How Could There Possibly be a Problem?

October 11, 2012
 
The name – human rights legislation – brings thoughts that a legislation of this sort must provide the maximum protection for individuals from human rights atrocities.  However, in Canada and the USA, this is not the case.  Many people don’t realize that there is a fundamental difference between human rights legislation  and other forms of freedom documents.  Typical freedom charters/bills of rights limit the amount of control government can have on its citizens.  Human rights legislation does the opposite; it takes power from individuals and gives it to the government.
 
Bills of rights or Charters of Rights and Freedom provide protection for citizens from the government so that we are protected from encroachments on certain rights by the government.  They, in effect, take power away from the government and give it to individuals.   In addition, these types of freedom documents have nothing to do with interactions between individuals or interactions within family life.
 
Human rights legislation is radically different because it does the exact opposite; it takes power away from individuals and gives it to the government.  The way it does that is by  regulating how individuals in the public sphere interact with each other.  i.e. who a business can hire, who you can rent your building to, etc.  These are private interactions that are  being regulated by the government.  This legislation is not giving individuals more power, it is giving the government more power to regulate private interactions.  That’s the first problem with human rights legislation...whether the legislation is good or bad,  it gives more power to the government to regulate private lives.
 
A second problem with human rights legislations is that they have been used to attack Christians.  In the written words, human rights legislation protects freedom of religion, but in practice, Christian’s complaints are rarely heard or acted upon by the bureaucrats who oversee the tribunals.  Conversely, attacks from other faith positions against Christians are often taken to the full length.  For example, individuals who have problems with teachings from the Bible have made human rights claims which have been acted upon to the fullest extent possible.
 
Human rights tribunals, not courts of law, are responsible for the procedures and rulings made by these commissions.  Due process and the basic presumptions which guide the legal system are not the foundations on which these tribunals work.  Human rights tribunals are run by appointed bureaucrats who are not required to be trained in law or legal procedures.  Often, rulings are made based on individual biases and opinions.  When human rights legislation is incorporated into other legislation, like the Bill 2:  Education Act, 2012, biased and often values based tribunal rulings take on a strong life which affect great multitudes within society.  If the Alberta education act were to incorporates human rights legislation, it would affect all those associated with any school (and that, by definition in Alberta, includes home schoolers).

 In June of 2012, The Canadian Federal Government voted to reduce the power the federal human rights legislation has by deleting Sections 13 and 54 of the Canadian Human  Rights Act.  This was done “to ensure there is no infringement on freedom of expression guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms”, a positive step taken to protect the freedom of Canadian Citizens.  Brian Storseth, the Member of Parliament responsible for the amendment to the legislation, is working to encourage Provincial governments to make similar amendments to provincial Human Rights legislation.

 For additional information, on the serious problems with Human Rights Legislation, please see the March 2011 study conducted by John Carpay and Carol Crosson, From Bad to Worse - Examining Restrictions on Speech and Procedural Fairness in Human Rights Legislation in Fourteen Canadian Jurisdictions
http://www.jccf.ca/images/From%20Bad%20to%20Worse%20-%20Executive%20Summary.pdf

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