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Infobites: Five things you may not know about the Charter

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    Fact 1: The Charter has served as a model for human rights protections around the world. Among others, South Africa and New Zealand looked to the Charter when drafting their Bill of Rights.

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    Fact 2: Section 15 of the Charter (equality rights) came into force 3 years after the Charter, so that governments had time to ensure their laws and policies respected everyone’s equality rights. – 1982 (Charter signed into law) to 1985 (Equality rights came into force)

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    Fact 3: According to Statistics Canada, Canadians rank the Charter of Rights and Freedoms as our most important national symbol, beating out other symbols like hockey or the beaver.

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    Fact 4: The Charter has been to outer space. Canadian astronaut Marc Garneau took a copy of the Charter with him on one of his missions.

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    Fact 5: The Charter has been translated into 23 languages including Hindi, Japanese, Ukrainian and Inuktitut. It’s also been published in English and French Braille.

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Infobites: Rights and freedoms

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    Democratic Rights: The Charter protects rights that enable you to participate in the democratic process and have your voice heard in Parliament.

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    Equality Rights: Everyone has the right not to be discriminated against by the government based on personal characteristics like race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age disability or sexual orientation.

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    Fundamental Freedoms: The Charter protects the freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief, opinion, expression, peaceful assembly, and association.

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    Official Languages Rights: English and French both have equal status, rights and privileges as to their use in all institutions of the Parliament and government of Canada.

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    Legal Rights: The Charter provides a broad set of legal rights that protect us in our dealings with the justice system. It ensures that everyone is treated fairly during legal proceedings.

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    Minority Language Education Rights: The Charter requires that provincial governments provide education to its citizens in the minority official language of the province where numbers warrant.

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    Mobility Rights: All Canadians have the right to enter, stay in and leave Canada. The Charter also guarantees that you can look for work or set up a business anywhere in Canada.

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Infobites: Because of the Charter

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    Because of the Charter, everyone is considered innocent until proven guilty under the law.

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    Because of the Charter, no one can search me or access my information without clear legal reasons.

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    Because of the Charter, I am free to disagree with the government and peacefully protest in order to make my views known.

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    Because of the Charter, I’m free to be myself and love whomever I want.

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    Because of the Charter, I have the right to live or seek work anywhere in Canada.

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    Because of the Charter, I can use either English or French before Parliament and federal courts, and with many offices of federal institutions.

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