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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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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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