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Too-Special- To-Fail

Too-Special- To-Fail

Jul 20 2016

“Youth, today! They’re lazy and entitled because everyone received participation trophies!” is a quip Millennials (I’ll include Gen Z’rs too) hear so often that it has nearly lost all meaning. Not to me though. Instead, this joke points to a much larger issue- one that extends beyond Millennials to all

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Punishment through confiscation

Punishment through confiscation

Jun 13 2016

Why is the public becoming increasingly skeptical about the use of civil forfeiture? Maybe people are realizing that the government can — and does — use the sledgehammer of forfeiture laws when other, more carefully crafted laws would be a better fit. Case in point: the Globe and Mail recently

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The Comeau decision is a ‘big deal,’ as it could lead to free trade in all of Canada

The Comeau decision is a ‘big deal,’ as it could lead to free trade in all of Canada

May 02 2016

I’m sorry, but this is no time for panic; it’s a time for celebration and hope, and, most fittingly, raising a glass. Reporters keep asking me whether I think Friday’s ground-breaking court ruling, which threw out the charges against Gerard Comeau for bringing Quebec liquor into New Brunswick, will result

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Language segregated transportation?

Language segregated transportation?

Feb 23 2016

I spent my first eight years of school in a French immersion program in midtown Toronto. I nonetheless realized, during a grade seven exchange with a school in rural Quebec, that I could understand Parisian French films quite well, while still having little ability to converse with fellow Canadians from

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This Could Be Calgary’s Most Expensive Parking Ticket

This Could Be Calgary’s Most Expensive Parking Ticket

Feb 18 2016

The Criminal Code makes it illegal to do anything with the intention of alarming the Queen. I’m not sure our courts have ever found someone guilty of violating this law, but regardless, Canadians are expected to treat Her Majesty with a certain minimum standard of decency. The same is true

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No one who still smokes cigarettes in 2016 is going to be moved by punitive measures

No one who still smokes cigarettes in 2016 is going to be moved by punitive measures

Feb 18 2016

Smoking is under attack by governments and public health officials. In order to try to minimize the terrible health effects of cigarettes among the small but stubborn portion of the population that keeps lighting up, many experts in the field are now suggesting extreme tactics, including banning smoking for anyone

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Is Affordable Internet As Important As Affordable Housing?

Is Affordable Internet As Important As Affordable Housing?

Feb 11 2016

Sign me up! I want $10/month high-speed Internet too. Canadian prices are out-of-whack and too high. At least, that’s what the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now — ACORN, for short — is telling us. They are asking the CRTC to mandate that $10/month high-speed Internet be made available

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Reducing trade barriers at home is best left to the courts

Reducing trade barriers at home is best left to the courts

Feb 09 2016

When it comes to free trade, Canada has done a fairly good job of signing agreements with other countries. Yet when it comes to trade between the provinces, we have a shameful record of protectionism. But now, there’s a ray of hope. “The Liberals have been quick to jettison a

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Reviving the court challenges program is the wrong way to address a real problem

Reviving the court challenges program is the wrong way to address a real problem

Feb 02 2016

The Court Challenges Program of Canada was effectively kaput by the time I took over as executive director of the Canadian Constitution Foundation. It was the Conservative government of Stephen Harper that stopped the arms-length federal program from accepting new cases in 2006, though the program was partially restored two

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