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Not everyone can afford the freedoms guaranteed by the Charter

Not everyone can afford the freedoms guaranteed by the Charter

Sep 05 2015

On Wednesday, the Alberta Court of Appeal ruled against a Calgary-area dentist who had been challenging the constitutionality of his province’s ban on accessing health care outside the public system. The most unfortunate thing about the decision, and the lower court decision on which it was based, was that we

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There are no losers in the free trade of beer

There are no losers in the free trade of beer

Sep 01 2015

Pity the poor beer drinkers of New Brunswick. Except for a very small amount of beer – 12 bottles – that they’re allowed to bring into the province from elsewhere, they have to buy their beer from the ANBL (Alcool New Brunswick Liquor), the provincially owned distributor. ANBL slaps a

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Keep the cops out of our mail!

Keep the cops out of our mail!

Sep 01 2015

Every call from Canadian police for more power to examine our private stuff probably stems from a desire to stop crime. For example, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police recently passed a resolution asking the government to grant police the authority to start seizing mail while it is in

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Constitutional challenge set in cross-border beer battle

Constitutional challenge set in cross-border beer battle

Aug 28 2015

Canadians have seemed obsessed with the Mike Duffy story over the past few months, deeming it a scandalous cover-up of inappropriate behaviour. But this week, an even more scandalous cover-up — one that has gone virtually unnoticed by the public for approximately 94 years — has hit the headlines in

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Freeing trade between provinces

Freeing trade between provinces

Aug 27 2015

If the justifications provincial governments give for maintaining strict limits on how much alcohol people can bring across provincial borders were boiled down to their essence, it would probably sound something like this: “These cross-border limits are crucial for us to continue to price-gouge consumers by forcing them to shop

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In defence of a dreary individual

In defence of a dreary individual

Aug 14 2015

People who make a habit of saying wildly offensive and disgusting things tend to be such dreary human beings. Sometimes I get tired of defending their right to express themselves, even though I truly believe in the importance of that right — for the sake of all of us. Thus,

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R. v. Jones, R v. Schmidt: In Detail

R. v. Jones, R v. Schmidt: In Detail

Aug 10 2015

In late 2011, Ontario sheep breeder Montana Jones was notified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) that 41 of her Shropshire sheep would be destroyed over health concerns about a transmissible degenerative disease. The disease, known as scrapie, is deadly to sheep but is not transmissible to humans. Forty-one of

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The elephants in the room that the politicians aren’t talking about

The elephants in the room that the politicians aren’t talking about

Aug 04 2015

With the federal election looming, talk has turned to what the parties and their leaders have to say about the issues that are important to Canadians. The frustrating part is that the list of issues, which both the media and the politicians seem to have implicitly agreed upon, is incomplete.

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Helping each other without government intervention

Helping each other without government intervention

Jul 29 2015

We know that people call upon government to help them in myriad ways, and we also know that it often makes a royal mess of rendering that aid. As the joke goes, the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: “I’m from the government and I’m here to

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