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Tribunal tramples on private property rights

Tribunal tramples on private property rights

Jul 31 2012

Chalk up another victory for the “human rights” industry, where hurt feelings almost always trump real rights and freedoms. In a recent case decided by the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal, the rights and freedoms sacrificed at the altar of the tribunal included the private property rights and freedom of

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No need for forced diversity on the bench

No need for forced diversity on the bench

May 20 2012

Does Canada need a quota system to ensure racial diversity among the judiciary? The Globe and Mail has published no fewer than four articles in the past month reporting and then rehashing the factoid that 98 of the most recent 100 federally appointed judges are white. Groups representing Asian lawyers,

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Litigation Projects Progress Report

Litigation Projects Progress Report

May 17 2012

Chief Mountain v. Canada Following long delays, Chief Mountain and his fellow Nisga’a finally got their days in court in late 2010 and early 2011. The BC Supreme Court decision did not accept Chief Mountain’s constitutional arguments against the Nisga’a Final Agreement. Chief Mountain is appealing this decision to the

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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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