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R. v. MacKinnon (free speech case defending right to criticize government)

R. v. MacKinnon (free speech case defending right to criticize government)

May 24 2017

In 2011, Ms. MacKinnon, a former Drumheller municipal councillor, was charged with the offence of “defamatory libel” under section 301 of the Criminal Code for colourful comments she posted on social media critical of town officials. What she didn’t know, and what the prosecutors and the court should have known,

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Highwood Congregation v. Randy Wall (freedom of association and separation of church and state)

Highwood Congregation v. Randy Wall (freedom of association and separation of church and state)

Apr 13 2017

Should courts have broad power to regulate the membership of private groups? The Supreme Court of Canada has granted leave to hear a case that will have profound implications for all private civil society organizations, and particularly religious congregations. CCF Executive Director Howard Anglin, wrote about this case in the

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From Cases, Past Cases

Peers v. ASC, Aitkens v. ASC (Right to jury intervention)

Peers v. ASC, Aitkens v. ASC (Right to jury intervention)

Jan 31 2017

If you’d already spent almost five years in prison and were given the choice between paying a $5 million fine or spending one more day in prison, which would you choose? That is the question at the heart of a constitutional challenge in which the CCF is intervening to support

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Multimedia

From Multimedia, Videos, News, In the News

Power and Politics: May 4, 2017 – Comeau heads to the Supreme Court

Power and Politics: May 4, 2017 – Comeau heads to the Supreme Court

May 04 2017

CCF Executive Director Howard Anglin on why a beer case (R. v. Comeau) before the Supreme Court of Canada could have resounding effects across the entire economy.

From Multimedia, Videos

CCF’s Law and Freedom Conference 2017: Chief Justice Glenn Joyal’s Friday keynote

CCF’s Law and Freedom Conference 2017: Chief Justice Glenn Joyal’s Friday keynote

Mar 08 2017

“The Charter and Canada’s New Political Culture: Are We All Ambassadors Now?” by Chief Justice Glenn D. Joyal of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba. Recorded on January 6, 2017.

From Multimedia, Videos

Runnymede Society: Dirty word or dirty little secret: originalism in Canada

Runnymede Society: Dirty word or dirty little secret: originalism in Canada

Feb 26 2017

A talk from Dr. Leonid Sirota, AUT Law School


News

From News, In the News

Åke Bloqvist: To fix health system we need to invite competition from private sector

Åke Bloqvist: To fix health system we need to invite competition from private sector

Jun 15 2017

Until a few years ago, the main concern in the Canadian debate over health policy was how to control costs. When provinces managed to restrain health-care spending growth to an average rate below that of the economy as a whole (since 2010), that concern subsided somewhat; we had “bent the

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From News, Articles

It was about squeezing beer drinkers for more money

It was about squeezing beer drinkers for more money

Jun 08 2017

What motivated Finance Minister Joe Ceci to impose a discriminatory tax on out-of-province beer back in October 2015? Was it to diversify the Alberta economy while leveling the playing field for the local brewing industry, as he later claimed? Internal government documents filed with the court in connection with Steam

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From News, Articles

Follow the entire Constitution, not just the parts you like

Follow the entire Constitution, not just the parts you like

Jun 07 2017

It’s a little bit rich for me when I hear the Alberta Government invoke the constitution to explain why the new NDP-Green coalition government in BC cannot block a federally approved pipeline. The Alberta government is only a friend of convenience when it comes to the constitution. It shouldn’t be

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Vaping and the Law (2017)

Vaping and the Law (2017)

Feb 23 2017

This report, published on February 23, 2017, by the Canadian Constitution Foundation, takes a critical look at Canada’s e-cigarette laws at all levels of government. Find out how your province compares to the rest of Canada. Canadians of all ages remain addicted to traditional cigarettes and find it nearly impossible

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From Publications

Civil Forfeiture in Canada

Civil Forfeiture in Canada

Apr 13 2016

Canada’s provincial civil forfeiture laws were originally intended to deter crime and compensate victims. In Canada today, civil forfeiture is not exclusively used to satisfy these objectives. It has instead become a supplement or alternative to the criminal law. This transformation has had a profound impact on many of the

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From Publications

Ideology and Dysfunction in Family Law

Ideology and Dysfunction in Family Law

May 06 2014

For several decades now, fathers have faced significant, widespread bias in family courts across Canada.  But as author Grant Brown shows in this free e-book, many of the popular prejudices behind this bias simply have no basis in law or fact. In Ideology And Dysfunction In Family Law – How Courts

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