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Want to put a snooping government back in its place?

Want to put a snooping government back in its place?

Jun 18 2014

Not much looks different on the Internet today: Google’s got a cute timely themed logo (representing the latest World Cup matchup), and Yahoo! is featuring such hard-hitting news stories as “Who Is Christiano Rinaldo’s Girlfriend?” Business as usual online. Except that it’s not, thank goodness; at least not for Canadians,

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Brian Sinclair was a martyr to medicare

Brian Sinclair was a martyr to medicare

Jun 11 2014

In 2008, an Aboriginal double-amputee named Brian Sinclair was discovered dead in his wheelchair in a Winnipeg hospital emergency room. Sinclair had been waiting in the ER for 34 hours and had thrown up several times. By the time his body was noticed, rigor mortis already had set in. But

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An excessively punitive ruling that should make all Canadians nervous

An excessively punitive ruling that should make all Canadians nervous

Jun 04 2014

Bruce is a talented gunsmith. He violated the law by purposely letting his firearms business license and firearms acquisition certificates expire as an act of protest against the complex licensing and gun registration laws that came into effect in Canada in 1995. Bruce expressed his principled opposition to the new

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The lawsuit that could revolutionize Canadian health care as we know it

The lawsuit that could revolutionize Canadian health care as we know it

May 29 2014

Pay for our own care, or that of a loved one? Why it’s virtually sacrilege to even think it. That would be “U.S.-style” care, the email explained — a label that is supposed to end all debate. But the debate is happening anyway. And that is driving Medicare purists such

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Quietly sacrificing for liberty

Quietly sacrificing for liberty

May 21 2014

It’s not a bad resume for a freedom lover who believes in the emancipating power of smaller government. But if you look more closely at my experience, you’ll notice an omission: Despite my years of work defending and writing about individual rights, I’ve never had to sacrifice a single day

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Supreme Court of Canada to hear Arguments on “Right to Strike”

Supreme Court of Canada to hear Arguments on “Right to Strike”

May 15 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY DATE/TIME: Friday, May 16, 2014 / 9:00 a.m. PLACE: Supreme Court of Canada SUMMARY: Should unions be granted broader rights to strike even when they provide essential services to the public? That’s one of the questions at the heart of a hearing on Friday, May 16, that will

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Canada’s Labour Laws Have No Place In a Free Society

Canada’s Labour Laws Have No Place In a Free Society

May 14 2014

In a rational world, this statutory privilege would be struck down by our courts as a violation of the individual’s right to freedom of association — a right guaranteed by section 2(d) of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Unions clearly prevent some individuals from associating directly with other individuals,

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Doesn’t the RCMP have better things to do than crack down on nudists and weed-smokers?

Doesn’t the RCMP have better things to do than crack down on nudists and weed-smokers?

May 14 2014

The RCMP — Canada’s royal gendarmerie — is so concerned about “public safety” at Wreck Beach that is has proposed setting up a tent there every day this summer. The goal, Sgt. Drew Grainger of the RCMP told The Province newspaper, is “to proactively enhance our presence on the beach.”

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Supreme Court weighing broader strike rights

Supreme Court weighing broader strike rights

May 13 2014

In 2008, the Saskatchewan legislature passed the Public Service Essential Services Act (PSESA), a law designed to ensure that essential public services (for example nursing, policing, and firefighting) would remain available even if public employees went on strike. Under PSESA, employers and unions are supposed to negotiate agreements specifying which

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