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The FLF recently came across this article, which explains that the Supreme Court of Canada has just ruled that a group of Vancouver sex trade workers can challenge the country’s prostitution laws. This ruling comes shortly after the Bedford case ruling, where the Court of Appeal in Ontario “struck down a ban on brothels, saying it exposes sex workers to danger. The federal government is appealing the Ontario ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada.”

This definitely seems like something we will want to keep our eyes on, not only because it could involve some changes to the law, but also  because, as the article explains, this ruling could invoke some broader changes as well: “The implications of this decision for women, for First Nations, for environmental groups to bring forward cases as collectives, in coalitions, simply can’t be overstated.”

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This week, the Ontario Court of Appeal will hear a provincial and federal appeal on the controversial Bedford decision. In that decision, a lower level Ontario judge declared certain existing prostitution laws invalid. Keep your eyes and ears peeled in the coming weeks and months for what will undoubtedly be a much discussed decision of the Ontario C.A.

Here’s a really great discussion from Monday’s episode of the Current on CBC radio, featuring two sex trade workers on opposite sides of the debate:

\http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2011/06/13/ontario-prostitution-law/

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Take a study break and find the opinion piece here:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/liberalize-prostitution-laws-to-protect-women/article1979140/

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