Supreme Court dismisses appeal in Theodore school case

A legal battle over Catholic schools in Saskatchewan appears to be over.

The Supreme Court of Canada dismissed a Saskatchewan public school board’s leave to appeal the Theodore school decision, which enshrines in law public funding for non-Catholic students attending Catholic schools.

The Feb. 25 decision confirms the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal’s unanimous decision last March that overturned a 2017 ruling by Justice Donald Layh that sought to limit the funding of non-Catholics in the Prairie province’s Catholic schools.

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St. Mary’s University grad earns Indigenous achievement award

Mere months away her June 2020 convocation at Calgary’s St. Mary’s University, Kate Gillis’ days are full of Zoom call collaboration and deep-dive independent research.

Such is the life of an academic in 2021.

The 22-year-old Métis woman, who graduated with a BA in History at St. Mary’s, is navigating the intensiveness that comes with being a first-year graduate student in pursuit of a Master’s degree in Indigenous studies at the University of Saskatchewan The focus of her thesis is Métis feminism.

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Federal government seeks extension for amendments to Bill C-7 on assisted-dying

The federal government was expected to seek another extension to pass its assisted-dying bill as it deals with stiff opposition from the Conservatives over amendments to Bill C-7 brought forth by the Senate.

The government had a court-imposed deadline of Feb. 26 to have the new legislation in place, but the Opposition Conservatives have signalled they may drag out debate of the Senate amendments.

One such amendment would open the door to mentally-ill Canadians being able to seek a legally-sanctioned suicide within 18 months. The government has agreed to allow this, but not for two years from now.

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