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Why are our governments denying us our constitutional right to get the medical care we need?

Why are our governments denying us our constitutional right to get the medical care we need?

Sep 14 2016

“Access to a waiting list is not the same as access to health care.” This observation from the 2005 Supreme Court case of Chaoulli v. Quebec is probably the most famous judicial statement about Canadian health care. And rightly so. On the surface it is simple logic, but its depths

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Let surgeons also work at private clinics

Let surgeons also work at private clinics

Sep 06 2016

On Tuesday, four patient plaintiffs who have been victims of British Columbia’s rationing of public health care finally get their day in a Vancouver court. Each of the patients has suffered a catastrophic injury or disability or been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and faced the agonizing decision of waiting

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The little winery that could

The little winery that could

Aug 10 2016

If you drive east on Highway 401 from Toronto for an hour and a half, take exit 522 south to the Loyalist Parkway and navigate increasingly narrow lanes to Closson Road, you will eventually find yourself in front of a weathered barn from the 1860s and a freshly painted white

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Bruce and Donna Montague Reach Settlement that Saves Their Home

Bruce and Donna Montague Reach Settlement that Saves Their Home

Aug 08 2016

Bruce and Donna Montague’s 10-year fight to save their home from the Government of Ontario is finally over. They have accepted a settlement and the Honourable Mr. Justice Shaw of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice completely dismissed the civil forfeiture action against their home. The Montagues live near Kenora,

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What Canadians Deserve from the Next Supreme Court Justice

What Canadians Deserve from the Next Supreme Court Justice

Aug 04 2016

In 1970, Republican Senator Roman Hruska of Nebraska rose to defend President Nixon’s nomination of Harrold Carswell to the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Carswell’s critics alleged that he did not possess the lofty mind befitting a judge of the highest court in the land. Tossing his opponents’

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Regulators still out to destroy Christian law school

Regulators still out to destroy Christian law school

Aug 04 2016

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” The saying is usually attributed, with more confidence than evidence, to Margaret Thatcher. But it could also be the motto of Trinity Western University. Just last week the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal affirmed that the provincial

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Tariff Barriers In Alberta’s Beer Market Are Still Unconstitutional

Tariff Barriers In Alberta’s Beer Market Are Still Unconstitutional

Aug 02 2016

In a flourish of self-congratulatory bravado, Finance Minister Joe Ceci announced yet another major overhaul to Alberta’s brewing industry on July 28, 2016. Prior to the NDP taking power in 2015, Alberta enjoyed the best market for beer in all of Canada. Although, it was by no means perfect, Albertans

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Alberta’s beer policy still unconstitutional

Alberta’s beer policy still unconstitutional

Aug 02 2016

There was a brief time when Alberta was a craft beer lover’s paradise. An enlightened combination of open borders and low taxes made for the best selection and cheapest prices anywhere in Canada. And with new local craft breweries opening every year, consumers were spoiled for choice from quality local,

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Canada Already Has An Interprovincial Trade Agreement: Our Constitution

Canada Already Has An Interprovincial Trade Agreement: Our Constitution

Jul 27 2016

Even before Canada’s Premiers departed Whitehorse on Friday, media coverage was applauding a “ground-breaking” and “historic” agreement on internal trade within Canada. Not so fast. The official statement announcing a new “Canadian Free Trade Agreement” (CFTA) is only 191 words long and omits any of those pesky details where the

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