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Release: Charter Challenge to Law Society’s mandatory Statement of Principles takes on new urgency

Release: Charter Challenge to Law Society’s mandatory Statement of Principles takes on new urgency

Dec 04 2017

On Friday, the Law Society of Upper Canada soundly rejected a motion proposed by Joseph Groia, a prominent Toronto lawyer and bencher of the Law Society, to create an exemption to the new mandatory Statement of Principles for persons who believe the requirement violates their freedom of conscience. This leaves

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Release: Amended Application filed in support of Charter challenge to Law Society’s mandatory Statement of Principles

Release: Amended Application filed in support of Charter challenge to Law Society’s mandatory Statement of Principles

Nov 22 2017

Calgary, Alberta—The Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) announced the filing of an Amended Application in the Charter challenge brought by Dr. Ryan Alford against the Law Society of Upper Canada’s requirement that licensees draft and endorse a personal “Statement of Principles.” The amended application can be found here. More information about

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Christie Blatchford: It’s 1984 all over again for Ontario lawyers arguing against compelled speech

Christie Blatchford: It’s 1984 all over again for Ontario lawyers arguing against compelled speech

Nov 09 2017

How amusing it is that the case most cited in the current discussion (it is, I grant you, a small discussion) about the Law Society of Upper Canada’s egregious foray into compelled speech is a Supreme Court of Canada number from 1984, the very title of George Orwell’s creepy novel

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Jacques Gallant: Part of Law Society’s plan to address racism challenged in court

Jacques Gallant: Part of Law Society’s plan to address racism challenged in court

Nov 07 2017

A Law Society requirement meant to help combat systemic racism in the legal profession is facing major push-back. Lakehead University law professor Ryan Alford filed paperwork in court Monday seeking an injunction to stop Ontario’s legal regulator from mandating that all lawyers and paralegals adopt a statement of principles indicating

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Canadian Constitution Foundation supports challenge to Law Society’s personal Statement of Principles

Canadian Constitution Foundation supports challenge to Law Society’s personal Statement of Principles

Nov 06 2017

Calgary, Alberta—The Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) announced that it is supporting an application filed today in the Ontario Superior Court by Dr. Ryan Alford, a law professor at Lakehead University, challenging the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) new requirement that licensees draft a personal “Statement of Principles” acknowledging their

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Beer Freedom in the Supreme Court: Gérard Comeau’s factum filed in R. v. Comeau

Beer Freedom in the Supreme Court: Gérard Comeau’s factum filed in R. v. Comeau

Oct 13 2017

Calgary, Alberta – Today, the factum of Respondent, Gérard Comeau, was filed in the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of R. v. Comeau. Mr. Comeau’s argument is summed up in the factum’s concluding paragraph: “It is time for the Gold Seal Interpretation and all the internal trade barriers

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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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