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Bill C-51: Think Inside the Box

Bill C-51: Think Inside the Box

Feb 09 2015

In the wake of the big reveal of Canada’s new anti-terrorism bill, which Stephen Harper unveiled last Friday, media outlets have been full of quotes and stories about the proposed legislation’s potential dangers to everything from our privacy to our safety (one line of thinking goes that increasing incarceration without

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Offensive opinions shouldn’t be muzzled

Offensive opinions shouldn’t be muzzled

Feb 09 2015

It’s not the nice, respectful commentary that riles up the censors. It’s the offensive stuff, the stuff that makes you cringe, wince or shake your head in disgust, the stuff that surely everyone with a bit of sense would reject. The question is whether we’re better off letting those with

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When cops become robbers

When cops become robbers

Feb 06 2015

Most U.S. states have their own civil forfeiture statutes, as do seven Canadian provinces, which means that in most of North America, police are still free to take people’s property — their homes, their cars, their cash — without even charging them with a crime, let alone proving one beyond

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Laws governing private property only enable bad neighbours

Laws governing private property only enable bad neighbours

Jan 27 2015

While Parliament resumed yesterday, and speculation began about whether new federal anti-terror legislation would respect rights of freedom of association and speech, it was a small story out of Ajax, Ont., that was probably most telling about the state of Canadians’ legal autonomy. Thanks to a complaint by a neighbour,

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Let parents do the parenting

Let parents do the parenting

Jan 22 2015

In the case of governments, it seems there is less and less recognition that successful or even reasonable means of childrearing vary, and are best left to parents to choose between. Like so many other areas of life, parenthood is slowly being taken over by the busybodies of the state.

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Defending the TWU dissenters

Defending the TWU dissenters

Jan 15 2015

After all this back and forth, TWU must be feeling somewhat pleased this month since a motion to rescind its accreditation in New Brunswick failed. So at least that’s settled. But little else about the TWU situation is, which is interesting given that no one actually objects to the rigour

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Panhandlers anonymous

Panhandlers anonymous

Jan 08 2015

There are those who focus on the problem begging can pose to the people being solicited. It’s intimidating to be asked for money as you leave a bank machine. If it’s late at night and the person asking for the cash looks imposing or threatening, it can be downright scary.

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Sony’s decision to kill The Interview has serious implications for free speech

Sony’s decision to kill The Interview has serious implications for free speech

Dec 24 2014

People can make poor decisions, but ultimately when a private newspaper, television station or publisher chooses not to print or broadcast a particular message, I generally chalk it up to a fair exercise of their prerogative. After all, the reason government censorship of speech is such a big deal is

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Upcoming court case may finally free beer laws

Upcoming court case may finally free beer laws

Dec 23 2014

The retired steelworker had the temerity – or perhaps merely the naïveté – to think that he could actually buy several cases of beer in Quebec (where it’s significantly cheaper) and drive them home to New Brunswick. Comeau has been charged with violating New Brunswick’s Liquor Control Act by bringing

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