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Leonid Sirota: Unmaking History

Leonid Sirota: Unmaking History

Apr 20 2018

In the “free the beer” case, the Supreme Court shows ― again ― that it is the spoiled child of the Constitution When it accepted to pronounce on the constitutionality of non-tariff barriers to inter-provincial trade, the Supreme Court had a chance to make history. In R v Comeau, 2018

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Emmett Macfarlane: In its ‘free-the-beer’ ruling, the Supreme Court reveals its contradictions

Emmett Macfarlane: In its ‘free-the-beer’ ruling, the Supreme Court reveals its contradictions

Apr 19 2018

It seems inevitable that the Supreme Court of Canada’s R. v. Comeau decision, in what will forever be known as “the Beer Case,” will go down as controversial and perhaps even deeply unpopular. There’s little surprise that public opinion polls overwhelmingly oppose laws restricting Canadians’ ability to buy liquor in

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BONOKOSKI: Canadians want options to a failing health-care system

BONOKOSKI: Canadians want options to a failing health-care system

Apr 02 2018

There was a big stink late last year when an emergency patient at the Ottawa Hospital — crying in pain from a back injury, vomiting and begging for a place to curl up — was told by a fed-up staffer to lie on the floor. Witnesses spoke of gasps of

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Constitution Day 2018: Good news for free trade, healthcare choice; bad news for judicial activism; mixed news for free speech

Constitution Day 2018: Good news for free trade, healthcare choice; bad news for judicial activism; mixed news for free speech

Mar 28 2018

New for Constitution Day 2018, the Canadian Constitution Foundation surveyed Canadians’ views about our Constitution. Individual news releases covering key topics can be found at the following links: New poll: Canadians overwhelmingly back free trade within Canada New poll: A majority of Canadians support a private healthcare option for patients

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Ian Mulgrew: Medicare trial showcases legal complacency

Ian Mulgrew: Medicare trial showcases legal complacency

Jan 24 2018

The much-delayed marathon constitutional challenge to Medicare, which began in September 2016 and has crawled through nearly 100 days of court time, now won’t resume hearing testimony until April. Adjourned late last year, the constitutional challenge currently NOT being heard in B.C. Supreme Court is an epic example of the

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CFIB’s 12 things small businesses will be watching out for in 2018

CFIB’s 12 things small businesses will be watching out for in 2018

Jan 17 2018

The Gérard Comeau case, involving a New Brunswick man who had the audacity to buy cheap beer in Quebec and to bring it home, is set for a decision at the Supreme Court this year (editor’s note: CFIB is an intervenor in this case). If the justices go the right

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Panel to hear trade dispute appeal between Alberta and Artisan Ales Consulting Inc. on Jan 25

Panel to hear trade dispute appeal between Alberta and Artisan Ales Consulting Inc. on Jan 25

Jan 10 2018

Winnipeg – January 10, 2018 – An Appeal Panel will hold a hearing under the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) to hear the appeal from the decision of the dispute between Artisan Ales Consulting Inc. and the government of Alberta regarding mark-ups on out-of-Province beer. In July 2016 Artisan Ales

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Christie Blatchford: It’s 1984 all over again for Ontario lawyers arguing against compelled speech

Christie Blatchford: It’s 1984 all over again for Ontario lawyers arguing against compelled speech

Nov 09 2017

How amusing it is that the case most cited in the current discussion (it is, I grant you, a small discussion) about the Law Society of Upper Canada’s egregious foray into compelled speech is a Supreme Court of Canada number from 1984, the very title of George Orwell’s creepy novel

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Jacques Gallant: Part of Law Society’s plan to address racism challenged in court

Jacques Gallant: Part of Law Society’s plan to address racism challenged in court

Nov 07 2017

A Law Society requirement meant to help combat systemic racism in the legal profession is facing major push-back. Lakehead University law professor Ryan Alford filed paperwork in court Monday seeking an injunction to stop Ontario’s legal regulator from mandating that all lawyers and paralegals adopt a statement of principles indicating

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