Home News Articles

Articles

CCF staff write on a variety of policy areas from a mostly legal viewpoint. Our staff often focus on policy issues related to the legal cases we support.

Learn more about Articles


From News, Articles

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

Continue Reading

From News, Articles

When the police come knocking over feisty Facebook comments

When the police come knocking over feisty Facebook comments

Aug 02 2017

“In some countries, insulting politicians can lead to jail.” That’s the provocative subtitle of a recent article in The Economist that lumped Canada in with Burma, China and Vietnam as countries that still prosecute citizens who defame public officials. It may come as a surprise to find ourselves in such

Continue Reading

From News, Articles

New Brunswick should raise a glass to Gérard Comeau

New Brunswick should raise a glass to Gérard Comeau

Jul 07 2017

New Brunswickers are now enjoying significantly lower beer prices thanks to Gerard Comeau, his team of pro bono lawyers and the Canadian Constitution Foundation. Where a 24-can pack of beer like Budweiser or Coors used to cost $43, it’s now only $36. That’s because, last spring, a New Brunswick court

Continue Reading

From News, Articles

It was about squeezing beer drinkers for more money

It was about squeezing beer drinkers for more money

Jun 08 2017

What motivated Finance Minister Joe Ceci to impose a discriminatory tax on out-of-province beer back in October 2015? Was it to diversify the Alberta economy while leveling the playing field for the local brewing industry, as he later claimed? Internal government documents filed with the court in connection with Steam

Continue Reading

From News, Articles

Follow the entire Constitution, not just the parts you like

Follow the entire Constitution, not just the parts you like

Jun 07 2017

It’s a little bit rich for me when I hear the Alberta Government invoke the constitution to explain why the new NDP-Green coalition government in BC cannot block a federally approved pipeline. The Alberta government is only a friend of convenience when it comes to the constitution. It shouldn’t be

Continue Reading

From News, Articles

Law being used to silence political speech on Facebook

Law being used to silence political speech on Facebook

Jun 04 2017

Sometimes the squeaky wheel gets the grease, sometimes it gets removed. Karen MacKinnon, a former councillor from the Alberta town of Drumheller, knows this from experience. On March 25, 2011, MacKinnon was arrested and charged with defamatory libel under section 301 of the Criminal Code after she posted on Facebook

Continue Reading

From News, Articles

Is Saskatchewan rehabilitating section 33 of the Charter?

Is Saskatchewan rehabilitating section 33 of the Charter?

May 19 2017

Section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, known as the “notwithstanding clause,” has just about acquired the status of a zombie law in recent decades, left largely untouched by legislatures (at least in the Rest of Canada). Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall recently took on the role of

Continue Reading

From News, Articles

Taking a stand for patients rights’ and health-care choice

Taking a stand for patients rights’ and health-care choice

Apr 30 2017

“The most advanced justice system in the world is a failure if it does not provide accessible justice to the people it is meant to serve.” That was Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin speaking last year. Now, a landmark Charter health-care case in British Columbia is showing just how empty the

Continue Reading

From News, Articles

New “Canadian Free Trade Agreement” Ignores The Constitution

New “Canadian Free Trade Agreement” Ignores The Constitution

Apr 09 2017

If you loosen a prisoner’s shackles, he may thank you for giving him more room to move, but it doesn’t make him free. Bear this in mind when you read industry groups praising the “historic” new Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) announced on Friday by the Federal Government and the

Continue Reading