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Free speech, for postal workers and soloists

Free speech, for postal workers and soloists

Apr 13 2015

Lisitsa is the musician whose concert the Toronto Symphony Orchestra cancelled after Lisistsa authored hostile Tweets about the Ukrainian government, complete with Nazi comparisons. Much controversy ensued. The letter carrier’s tale has been less widely covered, but amounts to this: The carrier objected to having to deliver a community newspaper

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Publication ban on R v. Jones, Schmidt et al.

Publication ban on R v. Jones, Schmidt et al.

Apr 07 2015

Although it is not clear what content would be covered by such an unusual ban, the fact that it was made under rules pertaining to “prelims” should mean that anything published about the case long before the “prelim” started should not be affected. The Canadian Constitution Foundation made public long

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Inertia at the heart of health care

Inertia at the heart of health care

Mar 31 2015

The case – which involves Dr. Brian Day, the Cambie Surgery Centre, and four individual patients whose health care was delayed with severe adverse consequences – has been moseying its way through the court system for more than five years. The trial was originally scheduled to start last September, but

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Cops run amok

Cops run amok

Mar 30 2015

In the lead-up to the window-smashing, the driver asks repeatedly and politely why he’s been pulled over. The sergeant ignores the questions, and becomes increasingly angry that the driver won’t open his window more than a crack, until finally, crash. The sergeant makes quick work of the auto glass and

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A victory for religious freedom in Quebec

A victory for religious freedom in Quebec

Mar 24 2015

Loyola, a private Catholic secondary school, seems to be well pleased with the decision, which recognizes the unreasonableness, if not outright absurdity, of requiring the religious school to teach Catholicism and Catholic ethics “from a neutral perspective,” as the ERC would have done. One of the school’s lawyers, Mark Phillips,

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Legislators Shouldn’t Decide What’s Best for Children, Parents Should

Legislators Shouldn’t Decide What’s Best for Children, Parents Should

Mar 23 2015

The ERC course requires that all children in public, private, and home schooling be taught about religions and religious ethics from a so-called “neutral” perspective. When the course was implemented, Loyola objected that it infringed its right to freedom of religion. When asked, the Quebec government denied Loyola’s request to

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Breaking down the barriers to interprovincial alcohol shipping

Breaking down the barriers to interprovincial alcohol shipping

Mar 16 2015

In February, the federal government announced an amendment of the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act (IILA) that would get rid of that law’s red tape preventing customers from buying beer in one province and taking it to another. New Brunswick’s minister of justice responded by saying he intended to modernize

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Get the state out of my smartphone

Get the state out of my smartphone

Mar 09 2015

My sense of outrage over the story was starting to peak just as I reached my turn at the scanner. I quickly shoved my phone into my purse and dumped it into a bin, then clumsily attempted to remove my boots and extricate my laptop from its bag at the

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Thousands of people in line for hip surgery are in wait-list limbo

Thousands of people in line for hip surgery are in wait-list limbo

Mar 02 2015

The case “could set a dangerous precedent for the rest of the country, and move Canada toward a U.S.-style two-tier health-care system,” claims a website set up by Canadian Doctors for Medicare and the B.C. Health Coalition. As the executive director of the Canadian Constitution Foundation, which is supporting the

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