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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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Sean Fine: Provincial relations loom large in Supreme Court fall cases

Sean Fine: Provincial relations loom large in Supreme Court fall cases

Oct 01 2017

When retired steelworker Gérard Comeau of New Brunswick drove over the Restigouche River into Quebec to buy beer and liquor in the fall of 2012, he fell into an RCMP snare. Mounties in both provinces had teamed up on a special project. On the Quebec side, officers kept an eye

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Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon: Marijuana industry uses cross-border beer case to argue against provincial monopolies

Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon: Marijuana industry uses cross-border beer case to argue against provincial monopolies

Sep 27 2017

The marijuana industry is using an upcoming Supreme Court of Canada case dealing with cross-border alcohol limits as an opportunity to argue against provincial government monopoly distribution models for recreational marijuana once it’s legal. If provincial restrictions are onerous, the existing illegal industry will “likely thrive,” Cannabis Culture warns in

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Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon: Tracadie man’s beer case before Supreme Court overflows with potential interveners

Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon: Tracadie man’s beer case before Supreme Court overflows with potential interveners

Sep 26 2017

The Supreme Court case of a New Brunswick man who loaded 14 cases of beer and three bottles of liquor into his car and drove home from Quebec has a wide range of businesses, organizations and associations across the country jostling to have a say at the hearing later this

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Justin Ling: Here’s the gear Canadian cops buy when they seize your assets

Justin Ling: Here’s the gear Canadian cops buy when they seize your assets

Sep 13 2017

Over the last four years, cops in British Columbia have seized more than $30 million through a legal process known as civil forfeiture, using that cash to fund program, hire staff, purchase vehicles, and host conferences. VICE News has obtained an up-to-date breakdown of where all that money is going.

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Michel Kelly-Gagnon: Trade Barriers Between Provinces Cost You More Than You Think

Michel Kelly-Gagnon: Trade Barriers Between Provinces Cost You More Than You Think

Aug 12 2017

One of the motivations behind the founding of the Canadian federation was that, with the United States rejecting free-trade deals, there needed to be a unified market between the future provinces of Canada. Since then, Canadians have been free to move and live anywhere in the country, and it is

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Chris Varcoe: Why beer and politics don’t mix

Chris Varcoe: Why beer and politics don’t mix

Aug 08 2017

This is a story about beer and business, and what happens when they’re mixed with politics. Mostly, though, it’s about what happened to Calgary couple Mike Tessier and Bo Vitanov when they opened their own beer importing agency — and saw their business side-swiped by government policy designed to help

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Metro News: Panel says Alberta must change ‘discriminatory’ beer rebate

Metro News: Panel says Alberta must change ‘discriminatory’ beer rebate

Jul 30 2017

An expert panel has determined Alberta’s rebate program for small Alberta brewers is “discriminatory” and violates Canada’s Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT). Now they’re asking the province to change its policies to comply with the agreement within six months. The panel is assembled under the AIT to adjudicate disputes, which

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Mike Blanchard: Alberta government urged to scrap craft beer tax

Mike Blanchard: Alberta government urged to scrap craft beer tax

Jul 30 2017

The Alberta government is being urged to scrap its craft beer tax after a trade panel ruled the levy is illegal. On Friday, a three-member panel ruled the Government of Alberta’s Small Brewers Development Program does not comply with the province’s free trade obligations under Canada’s Agreement on Internal Trade.

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