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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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Media Advisory: Beer Challenge Opens in NB Court August 25

Media Advisory: Beer Challenge Opens in NB Court August 25

Aug 20 2015

ATTN: Assignment Editors/News Directors WHAT: Trial of Gerard Comeau, charged with bringing beer and liquor across the Quebec-New Brunswick border. Case will challenge the constitutionality of the New Brunswick law that imposes provincial trade barriers on alcohol. WHO: Accused: Gerard Comeau, retired steel worker residing in New Brunswick. Lawyers for

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Press Release: Disappearing sheep case continues, under publication ban

Press Release: Disappearing sheep case continues, under publication ban

Aug 18 2015

Oshawa, ON — The preliminary inquiry into the charges against sheep breeder Montana Jones and raw milk champion Michael Schmidt completed another week on Friday, August 14 under a media blackout, due to a publication ban placed on the proceedings at the request of the Crown. Michael Schmidt said, “After

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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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