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Leonid Sirota: Unmaking History

Leonid Sirota: Unmaking History

Apr 20 2018

In the “free the beer” case, the Supreme Court shows ― again ― that it is the spoiled child of the Constitution When it accepted to pronounce on the constitutionality of non-tariff barriers to inter-provincial trade, the Supreme Court had a chance to make history. In R v Comeau, 2018

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Emmett Macfarlane: In its ‘free-the-beer’ ruling, the Supreme Court reveals its contradictions

Emmett Macfarlane: In its ‘free-the-beer’ ruling, the Supreme Court reveals its contradictions

Apr 19 2018

It seems inevitable that the Supreme Court of Canada’s R. v. Comeau decision, in what will forever be known as “the Beer Case,” will go down as controversial and perhaps even deeply unpopular. There’s little surprise that public opinion polls overwhelmingly oppose laws restricting Canadians’ ability to buy liquor in

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R. v. Comeau: The beer is still not free – Supreme Court of Canada gives provinces leeway to restrict trade within Canada

R. v. Comeau: The beer is still not free – Supreme Court of Canada gives provinces leeway to restrict trade within Canada

Apr 19 2018

In a much-anticipated decision, the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) today held that while there are significant barriers to free trade between provinces within Canada, those barriers are constitutional as long as they are not directed “in essence and purpose” at preventing the flow of out-of-province goods into a province.

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BONOKOSKI: Canadians want options to a failing health-care system

BONOKOSKI: Canadians want options to a failing health-care system

Apr 02 2018

There was a big stink late last year when an emergency patient at the Ottawa Hospital — crying in pain from a back injury, vomiting and begging for a place to curl up — was told by a fed-up staffer to lie on the floor. Witnesses spoke of gasps of

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Constitution Day 2018: Good news for free trade, healthcare choice; bad news for judicial activism; mixed news for free speech

Constitution Day 2018: Good news for free trade, healthcare choice; bad news for judicial activism; mixed news for free speech

Mar 28 2018

New for Constitution Day 2018, the Canadian Constitution Foundation surveyed Canadians’ views about our Constitution. Individual news releases covering key topics can be found at the following links: New poll: Canadians overwhelmingly back free trade within Canada New poll: A majority of Canadians support a private healthcare option for patients

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Alberta, B.C. trade tiff takes us in wrong direction

Alberta, B.C. trade tiff takes us in wrong direction

Feb 20 2018

The joke on social media following the Alberta government’s decision to boycott B.C. wine was British Columbians saying, “More for us!” But obstructing trade between Canada’s provinces is no laughing matter, and in the long run means less for all of us. The dust-up began Jan. 30 as the B.C.

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Release: LSUC moves to delay “Statement of Principles” Charter challenge

Release: LSUC moves to delay “Statement of Principles” Charter challenge

Feb 05 2018

The Law Society of Upper Canada (“LSUC”) has filed a motion to have the application of law professor Dr. Ryan Alford challenging the new “Statement of Principles” requirement transferred to Divisional Court from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The motion will be heard on March 8, 2018. This procedural

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Release: Appeal Panel public hearing over Alberta government’s ‘tax and refund’ policy for beer today

Release: Appeal Panel public hearing over Alberta government’s ‘tax and refund’ policy for beer today

Jan 25 2018

Calgary – On January 25, 2018, Calgary-based, Artisan Ales, is appearing in Montreal before an appellate panel assembled under the Agreement on Internal Trade (“AIT”) in its ongoing challenge to the Alberta government’s discriminatory treatment of out-of-province craft beer. You can read Artisan Ales’s appeal factum here. Today’s hearing concerns

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Ian Mulgrew: Medicare trial showcases legal complacency

Ian Mulgrew: Medicare trial showcases legal complacency

Jan 24 2018

The much-delayed marathon constitutional challenge to Medicare, which began in September 2016 and has crawled through nearly 100 days of court time, now won’t resume hearing testimony until April. Adjourned late last year, the constitutional challenge currently NOT being heard in B.C. Supreme Court is an epic example of the

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