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Time to bring free trade closer to home

Time to bring free trade closer to home

Nov 09 2016

Why does far-sighted provincial support for the international free trade turn into myopic resistance when it comes to similar trade with Canada’s other provinces? After harsh words and even a few tears, the on-again, off-again romance between Canada and the Belgian region of Wallonia ended happily with the signing of

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Allow a voluntary boost to health care funding

Allow a voluntary boost to health care funding

Oct 24 2016

“This is the number one issue for every Canadian province. This is our single biggest line item, delivering health care to our citizens.” That’s from Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil, who has been one of the most outspoken critics of the federal decision to offer only a three per cent

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Interpreting The New Supreme Court Justice’s Job Application

Interpreting The New Supreme Court Justice’s Job Application

Oct 21 2016

“Supreme Court judges ordinarily make law, rather than simply applying it.” As a description of the current state of Canadian constitutionalism, this is accurate, but stated so baldly by newly-named Justice Malcolm Rowe, it should raise eyebrows. We know Mr Justice Rowe believes this, apparently uncritically, because he wrote it

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Canadian health care is even more restrictive than communist China’s

Canadian health care is even more restrictive than communist China’s

Oct 07 2016

Several weeks ago I had coffee with a board member of one of British Columbia’s regional health authorities. In the course of our conversation, I mentioned the ongoing constitutional challenge to B.C.’s restrictions on patient access to private health care. The nub of the plaintiffs’ case is that, if the

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Canada’s university voice of human rights intolerance

Canada’s university voice of human rights intolerance

Oct 06 2016

Universities Canada bills itself as “the voice of Canadian universities,” but later this month it will vote on a new bylaw and policy to silence the individual voices of some of its 97 members. The current non-discrimination policy, which mirrors provincial Human Rights Codes in prohibiting discrimination on specified grounds,

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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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