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Panel to hear trade dispute appeal between Alberta and Artisan Ales Consulting Inc. on Jan 25

Panel to hear trade dispute appeal between Alberta and Artisan Ales Consulting Inc. on Jan 25

Jan 10 2018

Winnipeg – January 10, 2018 – An Appeal Panel will hold a hearing under the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) to hear the appeal from the decision of the dispute between Artisan Ales Consulting Inc. and the government of Alberta regarding mark-ups on out-of-Province beer. In July 2016 Artisan Ales

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Release: Artisan Ales files appeal factum in dispute over unconstitutional beer tax and refund scheme

Release: Artisan Ales files appeal factum in dispute over unconstitutional beer tax and refund scheme

Dec 05 2017

On December 1, 2017, Artisan Ales filed an appeal factum in support of its ongoing challenge to the Alberta Government’s discriminatory treatment of out-of-province craft beer. On July 28, 2017, an expert panel convened under the Agreement on Internal Trade (“AIT”) found that the Government of Alberta’s discriminatory tax-and-subsidy regime

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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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