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The folly of civil forfeiture

The folly of civil forfeiture

Nov 03 2014

These “civil forfeiture” laws—which few Canadians have even heard of—allow provincial governments to seize property that has allegedly been used in crime, or may constitute proceeds of crime, even if nobody has ever been charged with, let alone convicted of, a related offence. One unfortunate victim of Ontario’s law is

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Fighting a law with a Hollywood movie

Fighting a law with a Hollywood movie

Oct 30 2014

In 2005, the United States Supreme Court issued one of its most disappointing decisions of that decade: It ruled that the government of New London, Conn., could legally expropriate the home of a woman named Susette Kelo in order to transfer the property to the Pfizer pharmaceutical company. Because of

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The war on pot brownies

The war on pot brownies

Oct 16 2014

Health Canada helpfully clarifies all on its website by explaining that “dried marijuana is not an approved drug or medicine in Canada … [pause for a beat] but courts have required reasonable access to a legal source of marijuana when authorized by a physician.” So, make no mistake, the government

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All aboard the Liberty Bus

All aboard the Liberty Bus

Oct 09 2014

It involves hearing and telling the same story over and over again. There’s a problem that isn’t being solved by government, so people get creative and solve it themselves. Then government bureaucrats step in and tell the people that they’re not allowed to solve the problem themselves. This usually involves

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Press Release: Court challenge will help BC patients get better health care

Press Release: Court challenge will help BC patients get better health care

Oct 07 2014

Vancouver, BC – Certain groups, using fear tactics and misinformation, are trying to undermine support for a key constitutional court challenge that four patients and the Cambie Surgery Centre have brought forward to give patients more control over their own health. The court challenge is aimed at overturning certain sections

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Press Release: Canadian Constitution Foundation granted intervener status in Guindon v. the Queen

Press Release: Canadian Constitution Foundation granted intervener status in Guindon v. the Queen

Oct 01 2014

Toronto, ON – The Supreme Court of Canada has granted intervener status to the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) in a case called Guindon v. the Queen. At issue is whether parliament can enact punitive legislation that sidesteps the protections guaranteed to accused persons by the Canadian Charter of Rights and

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Fighting ISIS at home — the wrong way

Fighting ISIS at home — the wrong way

Sep 25 2014

It’s hard to criticize any action that seeks to minimize death and suffering caused by brutal terrorists who think nothing of using videos of cruel beheadings as casual propaganda pieces. Understandably, President Obama and others view the resolution as an opportunity to push world leaders to do something concrete to

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The bright side of tuition hikes

The bright side of tuition hikes

Sep 11 2014

The news sounds dire for parents and students, who will now have to save, work and borrow more to make a university degree possible. However, let’s be clear about one thing: The reason the price tag comes as a shock is not because universities are suddenly gouging students. It’s because

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How to Get Internal Free Trade Back in the Constitution

How to Get Internal Free Trade Back in the Constitution

Sep 08 2014

It’s a welcome message given the reality that, as Mr. Moore has pointed out, some people in foreign countries now have “more access to the Canadian economy than Canadians.” Yes, apparently it’s easier to negotiate complex international trade agreements across multiple languages and cultures than it is to convince Ontario

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