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The sunny side of liberty

The sunny side of liberty

Oct 26 2015

It’s the optimism — or the lack of negativity. That’s what is being credited for the Liberals’ federal election victory; that’s what Harper cabinet minister Jason Kenney says conservatism needs more of. I say, set politics aside for a bit. It was a long campaign. But hang on to the

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The importance of the charter

The importance of the charter

Oct 20 2015

How do Canadians see the country’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms? The constitutional bill of rights is young enough that the benefits of its very existence are still an ongoing matter of debate, never mind differences of opinion about how it should be interpreted. That’s why it surprised me to

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Since when has Donald Trump spoken for conservative values?

Since when has Donald Trump spoken for conservative values?

Oct 14 2015

Last week, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump went on television and professed his love for eminent domain, the process by which government takes private property without the owner’s consent and uses it for a public purpose. His statement was not surprising given that Trump once stood to benefit personally from

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Why Facebook shouldn’t crack down on ugly speech

Why Facebook shouldn’t crack down on ugly speech

Oct 05 2015

Not much useful usually comes of hot mic incidents. When politicians or celebrities spout off without realizing their words are being picked up by live microphones, humiliation and offence are the typical results. But in the case of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s remarks to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at a

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The definitive guide to the controversial police practice of ‘carding’

The definitive guide to the controversial police practice of ‘carding’

Oct 01 2015

This month, Alberta’s privacy commissioner began investigating the Edmonton Police Service’s practice of “carding” — also known as conducting “street checks” — which can result in the collection and storage of information about people not suspected of any crimes. As someone who deals with constitutional issues, I get asked about

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The hypocrisy of Canada’s anti-blasphemy law

The hypocrisy of Canada’s anti-blasphemy law

Sep 30 2015

It’s been 10 years since the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published the now notorious cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. The cartoons were republished by newspapers around the world and more than 200 people died as protests and riots erupted in response. Prime Minister Stephen Harper responded, saying he regretted that Canadian newspapers

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Let’s hope the Supreme Court rules in favour of disenfranchised expats

Let’s hope the Supreme Court rules in favour of disenfranchised expats

Sep 22 2015

Famous Canadians who won’t be voting in the federal election next month include Neil Young, Wayne Gretzky, William Shatner, Bruce Greenwood, Celine Dion, Bryan Adams, Donald Sutherland, Pamela Anderson, Shania Twain, Sidney Crosby and James Cameron. I make that prediction with a high degree of confidence, not because I know

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How a case on a Quebec booze run could improve commerce and liberty

How a case on a Quebec booze run could improve commerce and liberty

Sep 18 2015

I’ve always marvelled at the way legal restrictions on alcohol stemming from a prohibition mindset have hung on so tenaciously, even as the rest of society has long since recognized their counterproductive nature and moved on. Government probably would have moved on too if this were really a story about

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Campaign generates beer buzz

Campaign generates beer buzz

Sep 11 2015

The recent trial of New Brunswick resident Gerard Comeau over his unsuccessful attempt to bring 14 cases of Quebec beer into his home province has generated a secondary news wave. Federal politicians on the campaign trail are scurrying to align themselves with beer drinkers, and to place the blame on

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