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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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A truly consumer-friendly government would clean its own house before attacking U.S. companies

A truly consumer-friendly government would clean its own house before attacking U.S. companies

Dec 18 2014

The problem is that the most obvious government-imposed harms to consumers — which touch on important constitutional questions — are being ignored even as “protecting consumers” is being blared through megaphones. This month, the federal government very proudly announced — at a Toys ‘R Us location — new legislation it

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Silencing the sex workers

Silencing the sex workers

Dec 11 2014

The government’s justification is that these ads create demand for prostitution. (Who wants to break it to them that engaging in sexual activity for payment predates the printing press by just a tad?) The problem is that the Supreme Court struck down Canada’s previous prostitution laws because they violated sex

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The high price of Canada’s anti-spam law

The high price of Canada’s anti-spam law

Dec 04 2014

I happen to agree with them. Not only does CASL restrict activities far beyond what any reasonable person would consider malicious spam — for example, a boy scout sending out an email to the members of his troop to see if any of them want to buy his baseball glove

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