Canada    DISCRIMINATION IN EDUCATION FUNDING CONCERNS UN
The United Nations Human Rights Commission has summoned the Canadian ambassador to give account for Ontario's refusal to fund non-Catholic religious schools in the province.
   Last November a UN Human Rights tribunal ruled that Ontario's funding of only Catholic schools put Canada in violation of the 1976 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
   While even the Canadian Catholic Bishops supported the idea of the province funding other religious schools, the province refused, claiming such action would harm public education. The federal government wrote the UN saying that education is wholly a provincial matter and that it had no control.
   The Canadian Press reports that Fausto Pocar, with the U.N.'s human rights committee, has included Canada on a list of several countries whose ambassadors must report to the committee before tomorrow to discuss human rights violations.
   
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