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Varcoe: Alberta ditches beer grants, targets Ontario in new booze trade brawl

Varcoe: Alberta ditches beer grants, targets Ontario in new booze trade brawl

Nov 28 2018

It took three years and several embarrassing losses for the Notley government to finally figure out the best way to stop other provinces from allegedly discriminating against Alberta-brewed beer. The province is shifting from defence to offence by launching its own trade challenge. In the past three years, the NDP

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Alberta to sue Ontario over interprovincial trade barrier, but will fail to meet its own deadline for responding to trade panel ruling

Alberta to sue Ontario over interprovincial trade barrier, but will fail to meet its own deadline for responding to trade panel ruling

Nov 27 2018

Yesterday, Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci made two important announcements. First, that Alberta will take legal action against the Government of Ontario for erecting trade barriers that it alleges keep Alberta’s liquor products out of Ontario. Second, that Alberta will fail to meet its deadline to comply with a recent

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Release: BC Court grants injunction in landmark healthcare Charter case

Release: BC Court grants injunction in landmark healthcare Charter case

Nov 23 2018

We are thrilled to report that the BC Supreme Court has sided with suffering patients and the doctors and private clinics who treat them by staying the coming into force of new financial penalties that the BC government recently introduced to put the clinics out of business. The proposed fines

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BC goes to court to hide costs of landmark healthcare trial from the public

BC goes to court to hide costs of landmark healthcare trial from the public

Nov 14 2018

BC really doesn’t want you to know how much the government has spent since 2009 fighting against patients suffering on waitlists who want their Charter right to timely treatment. Since 2009, the BC Government has been litigating against patient plaintiffs who have suffered as a result of rationed healthcare and

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Celebrated Toronto Attorney Murray Klippenstein joins Charter challenge against the Law Society of Ontario as a co-applicant

Celebrated Toronto Attorney Murray Klippenstein joins Charter challenge against the Law Society of Ontario as a co-applicant

Oct 25 2018

Mr. Klippenstein has practiced law for 30 years, founding his own law firm 20 years ago with a special focus on human rights issues and on working for disadvantaged individuals and communities. He was the lawyer who represented the family of aboriginal protestor Dudley George during the Ipperwash Inquiry, and

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Vice News: Lawyers warn that civil forfeitures could spike in Canada once weed is legal

Vice News: Lawyers warn that civil forfeitures could spike in Canada once weed is legal

Oct 15 2018

With legalization days away in Canada, defense lawyers are warning that once weed is legal, police could increase their use of civil forfeiture — a process to seize people’s property without charging them with crimes — to crack down on people who violate cannabis laws. Currently, police in eight provinces

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BC Government backs down … for now, and won’t penalize doctors helping suffering patients

BC Government backs down … for now, and won’t penalize doctors helping suffering patients

Oct 05 2018

Under pressure, the Government of BC has agreed not to impose stiff new penalties on doctors and private clinics helping thousands of BC patients receive timely care until after the court has ruled on our application for an injunction against these penalties. This means hundreds of procedures will not have

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Guess how much the BC government has spent fighting against healthcare choice!

Guess how much the BC government has spent fighting against healthcare choice!

Oct 05 2018

No really, you’ll have to guess, because the Government won’t tell us! And now they are going to court to fight an order from BC’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner requiring the Government to tell us. For almost two years, the CCF has been trying to find out

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Update: Cambie Surgeries Injunction Hearing

Update: Cambie Surgeries Injunction Hearing

Sep 26 2018

In case you missed it, this story by Ian Mulgrew in the Vancouver Sun is a good account of the first day of hearings on the application for an injunction against the enforcement of draconian new financial penalties on doctors and clinics providing vital private services after October 1. There

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