Brief submitted to the National Assembly of Quebec regarding Bill 60

RECAA, an organization founded by elders from the ethnic and cultural communities of Montreal, is committed to working towards a culture of respect, dignity and justice for all elders who face problems because of language and culture.

RECAA supports a secular state that respects equality and freedom of expression, including freedom of religious expression.

Bill 60 contradicts these values. It is premised on a specious argument that wearing a cross, hijab, kippa, kirpan or turban by public servants is a threat to the religious neutrality of the state and to equality between men and women. However, in a secular society, public servants should be judged by behavior and professionalism and not by what they wear.

The direct, biased and grossly unjust effect of the Charter becoming law would be the unemployment of Muslim women as well as men from the Sikh and Jewish communities simply for exercising their right to wear expressions of their religious beliefs. It is morally wrong to require citizens to choose between their religion and their job.

Thus, this bill is clearly a violation of the principle of democracy and freedom of expression, values enshrined in both the existing Quebec and Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to which Quebec via Canada is a signatory.

We therefore cannot support bill 60 and strongly urge this government to work towards creating a secular, pluralistic and liberal democracy that measures itself not by how it excludes its citizens but by how well it safeguards the rights of its individuals and its minorities to live free from racism, racial profiling, sexism, ageism and poverty.

RECAA values diversity, is enriched by it and will continue to work towards a culture of respect for all who live in Quebec! Such a culture is in the interest of all Quebeckers.

 

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National Seniors Day October 1st, 2013

Please Acknowledge National Seniors Day this October 1 by signing  the Ageing Demands Action UN Convention on the Rights of Seniors.
Click here to sign the petition. 

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Annual General Meeting 2013 and Celebration of RECAA’s 10th Anniversary

RECAA
invites you to their 2013 Annual General Meeting
and
to celebrate
RECAA’s 10th anniversary
Thursday, 3rd October
17h30- 20h00
James Lyng High School
5440 Notre Dame West
Montreal
QC) H4C 1T9
(bus 191 from Lionel Groulx Station)
Please RSVP Refreshments will be served
Tel : 514-846-8814 Ext. 6462, 514 746-5960

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On-line Petition

http://www.helpage.org/get-involved/campaigns/what-is-age-demands-action/sign-the-ada-petition/

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2013 / La journée internationale contre l’abus envers les ainés

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It is our 10th anniversary this year and to kick off the celebrations, RECAA is happy to present We Are Old! We Are Wonderful! Come and see RECAA celebrate the positives, and some negatives, of growing old to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2013. We will sing, dance, set puppets performing, show the videos we have made as we laugh together, speaking up for the old.

Refreshments will be served!
Thursday, June 13th 2013
Salle Communautaire Galleries du Parc — 3575 Ave. du Parc, at the corner of Prince Arthur (Metro Place des Arts/Bus 80)
Wheelchair entrance: 3590 Jeanne-Mance
Visit our facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/376636465774721/

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RECAA members have worked with director and playwright Lib Spry, performer and community theatre worker Nadia Cicurel, musician and composer Chimwemwe Dave Millar, puppet and set creators Clea Minaker and Jesse Orr and documentary film-maker Sophie Guérin learning new skills, and developing old ones.

This is the culmination of several months work as part of an Artists and Community Collaboration grant funded by the Canada Council of the Arts.

 

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