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Press Release: Heritage designation contradicts true heritage

Press Release: Heritage designation contradicts true heritage

May 14 2015

PICTON, ON — The Naval Marine Archive: The Canadian Collection, a prominent charity in Picton, Ontario, announced on May 13 that it had served its motion for leave to appeal a ruling of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) regarding the controversial Heritage District bylaw passed by Prince Edward County council

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Do we believe in free speech or not?

Do we believe in free speech or not?

May 11 2015

As uncontroversial as all that might sound, there’s a problem. One man’s hate crime is another man’s conscientious expression of dissent. Letting a government that has already chosen sides sort out which is which is a dangerous idea. Hate crimes that entail violence, threats of violence, or the destruction of

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The marketplace should decide who practises law

The marketplace should decide who practises law

May 05 2015

If I were starting my law career today instead of many years ago, I would be one of the students who couldn’t attend the proposed law school at TWU. For starters, TWU’s community covenant contains a “firm commitment to the person and work of Jesus Christ as declared in the

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Rise of the parental state

Rise of the parental state

Apr 28 2015

Those “I used to walk 10 miles to school in the snow when I was your age” remarks get mocked for their tendency toward exaggeration. Surely even the longest and most difficult routes couldn’t have been uphill in both directions. Yet the adults still have a point: Whether helicopter parents

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The Supreme Court’s funny priorities

The Supreme Court’s funny priorities

Apr 20 2015

The surprise isn’t because the decision is off-base or illogical. It’s because it wasn’t so long ago that many of those hailing the decision, including the Toronto Star and various Liberal governments, were as bullish as can be on cracking down on gun crimes with tough mandatory minimums. The lack

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Free speech, for postal workers and soloists

Free speech, for postal workers and soloists

Apr 13 2015

Lisitsa is the musician whose concert the Toronto Symphony Orchestra cancelled after Lisistsa authored hostile Tweets about the Ukrainian government, complete with Nazi comparisons. Much controversy ensued. The letter carrier’s tale has been less widely covered, but amounts to this: The carrier objected to having to deliver a community newspaper

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Publication ban on R v. Jones, Schmidt et al.

Publication ban on R v. Jones, Schmidt et al.

Apr 07 2015

Although it is not clear what content would be covered by such an unusual ban, the fact that it was made under rules pertaining to “prelims” should mean that anything published about the case long before the “prelim” started should not be affected. The Canadian Constitution Foundation made public long

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Inertia at the heart of health care

Inertia at the heart of health care

Mar 31 2015

The case – which involves Dr. Brian Day, the Cambie Surgery Centre, and four individual patients whose health care was delayed with severe adverse consequences – has been moseying its way through the court system for more than five years. The trial was originally scheduled to start last September, but

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Cops run amok

Cops run amok

Mar 30 2015

In the lead-up to the window-smashing, the driver asks repeatedly and politely why he’s been pulled over. The sergeant ignores the questions, and becomes increasingly angry that the driver won’t open his window more than a crack, until finally, crash. The sergeant makes quick work of the auto glass and

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