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Canadian Constitution Foundation to address Parliamentary Inquiry into anti-Semitism

Canadian Constitution Foundation to address Parliamentary Inquiry into anti-Semitism

May 12 2012

OTTAWA: The Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism (CPCCA) will convene today, to receive testimony from scholars and experts. The CPCCA is a non-partisan group of parliamentarians whose aim is to combat the global resurgence of anti-Semitism. Karen Selick, Litigation Director with the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF), will be giving

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Judges have handcuffed our 30-year-old Charter

Judges have handcuffed our 30-year-old Charter

Apr 17 2012

When the Charter of Rights and Freedoms was signed into law on April 17, 1982, many Canadians were cautiously optimistic — portions of it appeared to do what freedom-loving individuals think that constitutions should do, namely, protect individual rights by limiting the power of government. But on its 30th anniversary

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CCF ‘Atlas Foundation’ Summer Internship

CCF ‘Atlas Foundation’ Summer Internship

Apr 04 2012

The Canadian Constitution Foundation is looking for two law students or recent law school graduates to apply for a paid internship with the CCF from May to August 2012.These interns will be doing legal research and writing with the goal of producing two research papers in August, which the CCF

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Happy Constitution Day!

Happy Constitution Day!

Mar 29 2012

As Acts of the British Parliament, both the Constitution Act, 1867 and the Canada Act, 1982, (the Constitution Act, 1982 was a Schedule to the Canada Act) received Royal Assent on the same day in their respective years, on March 29th. Constitution Day is a celebration that aims to advance

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Discrimination must be proved, not simply assumed

Discrimination must be proved, not simply assumed

Mar 03 2012

Mere membership in a protected group is not enough to prove discrimination In Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, the Emperor was duped, his subjects were duped, and the only person willing to give an honest appraisal was a little child. “He isn’t wearing anything at all”, the

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Quebec’s attack on liberty

Quebec’s attack on liberty

Feb 22 2012

In 2008, two concerned Catholic parents requested that their children be exempted from Quebec’s Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) course – the Quebec government requires that all children in public, private, and home schooling take the course- because they felt it interfered with their ability to pass their faith on

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Human rights decision harms employment opportunities for young women

Human rights decision harms employment opportunities for young women

Feb 17 2012

Was it discrimination? On October 18, 2010, McKinnon let her employer know she was pregnant. Forty minutes after acknowledging the pregnancy, McKinnon was given two weeks’ notice. McKinnon refused the two additional weeks’ work and complained to the Human Rights Commission of PEI claiming that she had been discriminated against

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Your honour, what’s with the bulletproof glass?

Your honour, what’s with the bulletproof glass?

Feb 08 2012

I happened to catch a few moments of Sun News TV the day that the Kingston, Ont., courthouse was shut down due to a bomb threat during the Shafia trial. The reporter was marvelling over the low level of security he had observed at that courthouse up until then. There

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There is something seriously wrong with Canada’s legal system

There is something seriously wrong with Canada’s legal system

Jan 23 2012

Canadians have a common law right to defend themselves, their family, and their property. This includes using reasonable force to protect oneself from physical harm. But this right – surely a fundamental, natural right immune from government interference – is being eroded and is under attack. Ian Thomson (pictured here),

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