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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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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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The Reillys (Civil forfeiture abuse in Ontario)

The Reillys (Civil forfeiture abuse in Ontario)

Dec 21 2016

Margaret and Terry Reilly are from Orillia, Ontario. The Reillys own several rental properties, some of which are former single-family homes that they have converted into rooming houses for low-income tenants. Margaret has been involved in alleviating poverty and homelessness since her father became the priest at an inner-city Anglican

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Cambie v. MSCBC et al. (Patient rights & health care freedom)

Cambie v. MSCBC et al. (Patient rights & health care freedom)

Sep 06 2016

Cambie Surgeries Corporation et al v. Medical Services Commission et al. is a constitutional challenge taking place in British Columbia to bring choice and compassion to Canada’s health care system. The goal is to stop the suffering and empower Canadians to care for their own health, as should be their

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CCF and Artisan Ales AIT complaint against Alberta (Interprovincial free trade)

CCF and Artisan Ales AIT complaint against Alberta (Interprovincial free trade)

Aug 29 2016

With the help from the Canadian Constitution Foundation, Artisan Ales, a small Calgary owned-and-operated import agency, has initiated a complaint against the Government of Alberta under the Agreement on Internal Trade (the AIT). The complaint alleges that Alberta, through a tax policy that favours Alberta beers over the beers of

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R v. Comeau (Interprovincial free trade)

R v. Comeau (Interprovincial free trade)

Dec 19 2015

Do you think it is right to fine a retiree for buying alcohol in another province and bring it back across the border? We sure don’t! The Canadian Constitution Foundation is proud to support Gerard Comeau and his lawyers Ian Blue, Arnold Schwisberg and Mikael Bernard in their constitutional challenge to

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R. v. Montague; Attorney General of Ontario v. Montague et al. (civil forfeiture)

R. v. Montague; Attorney General of Ontario v. Montague et al. (civil forfeiture)

Apr 15 2015

Bruce Montague was a licensed gunsmith and firearms dealer who believed that Canada’s gun licensure laws were unconstitutional. He deliberately allowed his firearms licences to expire in 2003 so that he would be charged with an offence and could challenge the constitutionality of the law in court. However, the Ontario

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R. v. Jones, R v. Schmidt (private property)

R. v. Jones, R v. Schmidt (private property)

Jan 01 2015

If you think it’s wrong when government bureaucrats bully law-abiding citizens, then there’s a court case going on that you should know about, involving two principled and brave farmers named Montana Jones and Michael Schmidt. In late 2011, Ontario sheep breeder Montana Jones was notified by the Canadian Food Inspection

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