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The Unintended Legacy of Canada’s Charter

The Unintended Legacy of Canada’s Charter

Apr 17 2017

Thirty-five years ago today, Queen Elizabeth II signed the Constitution Act, 1982. A flag-waving crowd gathered on Parliament Hill to watch. Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau sat to the queen’s right, looking delighted, and two tall men stood to her left—one pinning the pages down as if to stop them from

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B.C. plays the legal long game in private health-care fight

B.C. plays the legal long game in private health-care fight

Apr 13 2017

Earlier this week, one of the most important trials in recent Canadian history was forced to adjourn when the plaintiffs said they had run out of funds. This is what happens when you go up against an entity that has virtually unlimited resources: the government. At issue is nothing less

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Supreme Court to hear case involving Calgary man expelled from Jehovah’s Witnesses

Supreme Court to hear case involving Calgary man expelled from Jehovah’s Witnesses

Apr 13 2017

Canada’s top court has agreed to wade in on the question of whether private organizations, such as churches, can have their decisions reviewed by the justice system. At issue is whether a Calgary man, expelled from a local Jehovah’s Witness congregation, can appeal that decision to a court. Calgary Court

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Sunny Dhillon: Financial hurdles halt lawsuit against Canada’s health-care system

Sunny Dhillon: Financial hurdles halt lawsuit against Canada’s health-care system

Apr 10 2017

The constitutional challenge of Canada’s public health-care system has adjourned until September, with the plaintiffs arguing they have run out of money for the case and accusing the British Columbia government of stall tactics. But the province offered no apologies for “vigorously” defending the public system and said the plaintiffs

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Janyce McGregor: 5 things to watch in today’s interprovincial trade deal

Janyce McGregor: 5 things to watch in today’s interprovincial trade deal

Apr 07 2017

As economic development ministers gather in Toronto today to release the final text of the new Canada Free Trade Agreement, here’s a quick guide to what it will — and won’t — do. Free the wine and beer? Not yet Federal minister Navdeep Bains says he’s heard plenty from Canadians

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Ian Mulgrew: Medicare trial turns B.C. courtroom into a playing field

Ian Mulgrew: Medicare trial turns B.C. courtroom into a playing field

Apr 05 2017

The long-running B.C. constitutional trial over the provincial provision of Medicare has focused a klieg light on the worst of the legal profession’s foibles — its love of sport. Lawyers are competitive by nature, and their sporting theory of justice is never more on display than when they enter a

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Ian Mulgrew: Court dawdles in face of overcrowding, opioid crises

Ian Mulgrew: Court dawdles in face of overcrowding, opioid crises

Mar 27 2017

In the midst of a spring break, B.C. Supreme Court Justice John Steeves says it will be autumn before we hear the government’s defence of medical waiting lists. Roughly a decade after the constitutional challenge to prohibitions on private and insured access to needed core medical services was launched, the

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Marni Soupcoff: Vaping could save lives — if government gets out of the way

Marni Soupcoff: Vaping could save lives — if government gets out of the way

Mar 10 2017

It’s important to safeguard Canadians’ health, right? Via National Post

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Controversy before OMB hearing begins in County

Controversy before OMB hearing begins in County

Jul 29 2014

An Ontario Municipal Board Hearing into the legality of the “heritage conservation district” planned for downtown Picton is off to a rough start. The Canadian Constitution Foundation is now involved with 2 downtown Picton property owners appealing Prince Edward County councils designation of the downtown as a “heritage district.” One

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