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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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Goodwill’s astounding failure

Goodwill’s astounding failure

Jan 27 2016

How do you explain the demise of Goodwill in Toronto, when similarly situated organizations are apparently thriving? The success of at least two other local thrift-store charities — one run by the Salvation Army and one run by Goodwill in Hamilton — makes the question perplexing. In 2010, I wrote

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A free ‘market’ of locations

A free ‘market’ of locations

Jan 22 2016

This is exciting: the column I wrote earlier this week on the folly of forcing immigrants to settle and stay in Atlantic Canada generated a headline with my name in it. Granted, the headline was, “Dear Marni Soupcoff: go soak your head.” But still. You don’t get your full name

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