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Sean Fine: Provincial relations loom large in Supreme Court fall cases

Sean Fine: Provincial relations loom large in Supreme Court fall cases

Oct 01 2017

When retired steelworker Gérard Comeau of New Brunswick drove over the Restigouche River into Quebec to buy beer and liquor in the fall of 2012, he fell into an RCMP snare. Mounties in both provinces had teamed up on a special project. On the Quebec side, officers kept an eye

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Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon: Marijuana industry uses cross-border beer case to argue against provincial monopolies

Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon: Marijuana industry uses cross-border beer case to argue against provincial monopolies

Sep 27 2017

The marijuana industry is using an upcoming Supreme Court of Canada case dealing with cross-border alcohol limits as an opportunity to argue against provincial government monopoly distribution models for recreational marijuana once it’s legal. If provincial restrictions are onerous, the existing illegal industry will “likely thrive,” Cannabis Culture warns in

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Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon: Tracadie man’s beer case before Supreme Court overflows with potential interveners

Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon: Tracadie man’s beer case before Supreme Court overflows with potential interveners

Sep 26 2017

The Supreme Court case of a New Brunswick man who loaded 14 cases of beer and three bottles of liquor into his car and drove home from Quebec has a wide range of businesses, organizations and associations across the country jostling to have a say at the hearing later this

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Barriers violate founder’s vision

Barriers violate founder’s vision

Sep 13 2017

It turns out our Fathers of Confederation knew what they were doing. One hundred and fifty years ago, they faced an American administration turning inward and protectionist. The year before, in 1866, President Andrew Johnson had torn up the Reciprocity Treaty, our first free-trade agreement with the United States. They

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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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