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If Alberta believes in free trade, it will lift unconstitutional barriers on craft beer

If Alberta believes in free trade, it will lift unconstitutional barriers on craft beer

Mar 08 2017

Alberta is all abuzz. Rachel Notley is back from her trip to Washington, D.C. She was there to advocate for our province’s economic interests against the rising tide of American trade protectionism and to explain how trade with Alberta benefits both us and the U.S. She’s right. Protectionism is harmful

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Vaping Laws Keep Less Harmful Option Out Of Canadians’ Reach

Vaping Laws Keep Less Harmful Option Out Of Canadians’ Reach

Mar 01 2017

On Feb. 23, 2017, the Canadian Constitution Foundation released a report titled “Vaping and the Law,” in which we surveyed and compared vaping legislation from across Canada. The chances are, unless you’re a smoker or former-smoker, you may not even know what vaping is. E-cigarettes are battery-operated, electronic devices that

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Generational pressure for health-care choice

Generational pressure for health-care choice

Feb 28 2017

I recently attended a lunch about the “Cambie Clinic” case, an ongoing constitutional challenge to British Columbia’s public healthcare monopoly. One of the guests, a former premier of a large province, was asked why he didn’t encourage more private healthcare options when he was in office. His answer was candid:

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Millar: E-cigarettes are a safe and excellent way of reducing our smoking rates

Millar: E-cigarettes are a safe and excellent way of reducing our smoking rates

Feb 28 2017

Last summer, I was tasked with researching e-cigarette legislation across Canada for the Canadian Constitution Foundation’s recently released report. E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices used to inhale vapour that can contain nicotine and are often used as a substitute for traditional cigarettes. To aid my research, I became better acquainted with

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Feds need to rethink anti-vaping legislation

Feds need to rethink anti-vaping legislation

Feb 27 2017

Remember when Prime Minister Stephen Harper was accused of muzzling scientists? The CBC reported his government brought in “strict procedures around how its scientists are allowed to speak about their research to the media.” These scientists claimed to “live in a culture of fear,” and the popular narrative was that

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If Trudeau Won’t Defend M-103, Why Should We?

If Trudeau Won’t Defend M-103, Why Should We?

Feb 21 2017

Well, I tried. Despite being a dirty ex-partisan, according to a common strain of responses to my columns and tweets, I tried. I tried to be calmly rational and precise about what Liberal MP Iqra Khalid’s Motion M-103 does and doesn’t say about speech and the law, and to defend

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The government should step away from an international antiracism treaty that would limit our free speech.

The government should step away from an international antiracism treaty that would limit our free speech.

Feb 15 2017

There has been a flutter of concern recently about a motion introduced in the House of Commons by Liberal MP Iqra Khalid. Among other things, motion M-103 calls on the government to “recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear [and] condemn Islamophobia and all

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As the Cambie case drags on, Canadians suffer

As the Cambie case drags on, Canadians suffer

Feb 10 2017

In his novel Bleak House, Charles Dickens satirized the crippling inefficiency of the old Court of Chancery using the case of Jarndyce v. Jarndyce, an inheritance dispute that dragged on so long that the value of the original estate had been consumed by the costs of litigation. Jarndyce v. Jarndyce

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The much-needed separation of church and state

The much-needed separation of church and state

Jan 25 2017

Is there any limit to the law’s reach in the Charter era? Does any sphere of private life or civil society remain beyond the sweep of our judiciary’s Sauron-like gaze? What began as a membership dispute in a suburban Calgary church has landed on the steps of the Supreme Court

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