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Justin Ling: Here’s the gear Canadian cops buy when they seize your assets

Justin Ling: Here’s the gear Canadian cops buy when they seize your assets

Sep 13 2017

Over the last four years, cops in British Columbia have seized more than $30 million through a legal process known as civil forfeiture, using that cash to fund program, hire staff, purchase vehicles, and host conferences. VICE News has obtained an up-to-date breakdown of where all that money is going.

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The government needs to rethink its proposed legislation to amend The Tobacco Act, and instead base its policies on the evidence

The government needs to rethink its proposed legislation to amend The Tobacco Act, and instead base its policies on the evidence

Sep 08 2017

The backlash against “evidence-based policy” turns out to have been unnecessary: the fad was over before it started. This is hardly surprising, considering very few politicians who drop the phrase into their stump speeches can explain what it means. While the phrase still finds its way into the odd government

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Release: CCF granted intervener status in Supreme Court freedom of association case

Release: CCF granted intervener status in Supreme Court freedom of association case

Aug 24 2017

Today, the Supreme Court of Canada granted the CCF’s motion to intervene in a case that will have profound implications for all private civil society organizations, and particularly religious congregations. The Canadian Constitution Foundation had previously filed an affidavit in support of the application for leave last autumn and Executive

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Beer Freedom and Free Trade: New Brunswick Crown files factum in R. v. Comeau

Beer Freedom and Free Trade: New Brunswick Crown files factum in R. v. Comeau

Aug 21 2017

Calgary, Alberta — On Friday we received the factum of the Appellant, the Attorney General of New Brunswick in the case of R. v. Comeau. We are currently reviewing it. Without jumping the gun on the litigation process, we are confident that there are compelling responses to the Appellant’s arguments.

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Michel Kelly-Gagnon: Trade Barriers Between Provinces Cost You More Than You Think

Michel Kelly-Gagnon: Trade Barriers Between Provinces Cost You More Than You Think

Aug 12 2017

One of the motivations behind the founding of the Canadian federation was that, with the United States rejecting free-trade deals, there needed to be a unified market between the future provinces of Canada. Since then, Canadians have been free to move and live anywhere in the country, and it is

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Chris Varcoe: Why beer and politics don’t mix

Chris Varcoe: Why beer and politics don’t mix

Aug 08 2017

This is a story about beer and business, and what happens when they’re mixed with politics. Mostly, though, it’s about what happened to Calgary couple Mike Tessier and Bo Vitanov when they opened their own beer importing agency — and saw their business side-swiped by government policy designed to help

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When the police come knocking over feisty Facebook comments

When the police come knocking over feisty Facebook comments

Aug 02 2017

“In some countries, insulting politicians can lead to jail.” That’s the provocative subtitle of a recent article in The Economist that lumped Canada in with Burma, China and Vietnam as countries that still prosecute citizens who defame public officials. It may come as a surprise to find ourselves in such

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Metro News: Panel says Alberta must change ‘discriminatory’ beer rebate

Metro News: Panel says Alberta must change ‘discriminatory’ beer rebate

Jul 30 2017

An expert panel has determined Alberta’s rebate program for small Alberta brewers is “discriminatory” and violates Canada’s Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT). Now they’re asking the province to change its policies to comply with the agreement within six months. The panel is assembled under the AIT to adjudicate disputes, which

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Mike Blanchard: Alberta government urged to scrap craft beer tax

Mike Blanchard: Alberta government urged to scrap craft beer tax

Jul 30 2017

The Alberta government is being urged to scrap its craft beer tax after a trade panel ruled the levy is illegal. On Friday, a three-member panel ruled the Government of Alberta’s Small Brewers Development Program does not comply with the province’s free trade obligations under Canada’s Agreement on Internal Trade.

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