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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 heard arguments for a case that will have profound implications for all private civil society organizations, and particularly religious congregations. The CCF has intervened in this case to help defend an important

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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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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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R v. Saskatchewan Federation of Labour

R v. Saskatchewan Federation of Labour

Aug 25 2014

An important case has made its way to the Supreme Court of Canada that could redefine our right to “freedom of association.” It all began in 2008 when the new Saskatchewan government enacted two pieces of legislation — The Public Service Essential Services Act (PSESA) and The Trade Union Amendment

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Trinity Western University’s battle for accreditation by the law societies

Trinity Western University’s battle for accreditation by the law societies

Aug 19 2014

Trinity Western University is a highly regarded liberal arts university located in Langley, British Columbia. It is unusual in being a private university, and in having a Christian ethos. It is accredited by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (the de facto ‘kingmaker’ of Canadian post-secondary institutions) and

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Julie Guindon v. Her Majesty The Queen (updated Oct 1, 2014)

Julie Guindon v. Her Majesty The Queen (updated Oct 1, 2014)

Aug 14 2014

Section 11 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees important procedural protections such as the right to “be presumed innocent until proven guilty” and the right to a “fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal.” Unfortunately, these rights are not always protected. Indeed, our rights to

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