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Episode 5


Thus far in the series, we've been talking about guaranteed freedoms. Stuff The Charter lets us do. Freedoms like religion, expression, association, life and liberty. For this week's show, it's time to tweak our focus a bit. Not what The Charter allows us to do, but what it protects us from.

Check this out...

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms Section 15. (1) - Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.

Wordy, and weighty. How can we possibly attack all of that in 27 minutes and 30 seconds? We can't, of course. 

So we're going to break it down over the next three weeks. In a couple of weeks, you'll hear the "freedom from discrimination based on race, origin, creed" episode. Next week, it's "freedom from discrimination based on mental or physical disability".

This week, as you can tell by that graphic up there, we're presenting "the right to be free of discrimination based on sex or age".

Sex (gender) will be examined in an interview with the CBC's Executive Vice President of English Services, Kirstine Stewart. We'll also talk "SlutWalks" with Lenore Lukasik-Foss. She is Director of the Sexual Assault Centre in Hamilton, Ontario.

Gender discrimination against males will also be explored in our "Meanwhile..." segment. Hear that here!

Then, our attention turns to age discrimination with Raymond Hall, an Air Canada pilot who was forced to retire at age 60. Then the other end of the age spectrum and someone who is discriminated against for being too young; Churchill, Manitoba MP, Niki Ashton.

(Check out The Fine Print for some background information on this week's show.)