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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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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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