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Menopausal Women Fear Discrimination in the Workplace

Natalie Cargill 30th October 2014

According to new research, women of menopausal age fear age-based discrimination in the workplace and face a total lack of menopause-specific support from employers. Interdisciplinary research resulting from a collaboration amongst academics from Monash, La Trobe, and Yale Universities has found that many women were reluctant to speak with their managers about menopausal symptoms for […]

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Clash of Rights at Centre of Canadian Law School Controversy

Ravi Amarnath 28th October 2014

The debate over whether to recognise a proposed law school in Canada has pitted fundamental freedoms against one another. Trinity Western University (TWU) is a private, Christian university located in the Canadian province of British Columbia. TWU requires its students, faculty and administrators to sign and abide by the terms of a Community Covenant, which […]

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High Time for Europe to Offer Temporary Protection to Refugees from Syria?

Cynthia Orchard and Dawn Chatty 27th October 2014

Approximately 3 million people have fled Syria due to the armed conflict. About 96% of the refugees remain in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt. By July 2014, the number of Syrian asylum applicants in Europe reached 123,600, about 4% of the total. With such high numbers of displaced persons so close to European borders, […]

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Canadian Constitutional Challenge to Prohibition on Assisted-Dying

Ravi Amarnath 21st October 2014

Canada’s top court is once again set to decide on the constitutionality of physician-assisted dying for terminally ill patients. Last Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Canada heard oral arguments in Carter v Attorney General of Canada regarding the constitutionality of physician-assisted dying. Canada’s Criminal Code makes it illegal for doctors to assist patients who wish […]

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