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Ontario’s muddled war on ‘heritage’

Ontario’s muddled war on ‘heritage’

Jul 30 2013

First, there are the barn closures. In May, 2012, the Office of the Fire Marshal sent a communiqué to all Ontario municipalities warning them that they should not permit barns within their territory to be used for public gatherings such as dances, weddings, concerts, meetings or religious services. After Ontario

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There’s Nothing Exploitative About Paying for Blood Donations

There’s Nothing Exploitative About Paying for Blood Donations

Jul 03 2013

On June 27, 2013, the federal government released a summary report of its consultations with stakeholders regarding payment for plasma donations. Meanwhile, a company called Canadian Plasma Resources has constructed two privately owned clinics in Toronto that await approval prior to paying donors for their blood plasma. Right on cue,

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Do censorship laws favour lesbians over Christians?

Do censorship laws favour lesbians over Christians?

Jul 02 2013

On June 19, comedian Guy Earle (right) lost his appeal of a 2008 B.C. Human Rights Tribunal decision. The Tribunal found that Earle discriminated against Lorna Pardy during an open mic event for amateur stand-up comics. The story of what happened is difficult to piece together, but it seems that

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RCMP search and seizure of firearms in flooded homes in Alberta.

RCMP search and seizure of firearms in flooded homes in Alberta.

Jun 28 2013

Legal experts say our Charter rights are often in peril in times of emergency, and that under Alberta’s Emergency Management “Stopping people from returning to their homes, entering into private homes without warrant, seizing private property, this act provides for all of these things,” said Chris Schafer, head of the

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Mandatory professional development is window-dressing

Mandatory professional development is window-dressing

Jun 26 2013

The headline on a notice recently circulated by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) announced, “Two-year review of CPD Requirement confirms success, introduces enhancements.” As someone who had been skeptical about the value of mandatory CPD (Continuing Professional Development) from its inception, I was curious to see exactly how

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Suspended rights let cops rifle homes to seize rifles

Suspended rights let cops rifle homes to seize rifles

Jun 16 2013

High River homeowners are livid that their homes were searched by cops who seized their guns while they were blocked from returning to their properties, but politicians insist the police were justified because the flood “was an emergency.” Legal experts say our Charter rights are often in peril in times

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Get the picketers off my porch

Get the picketers off my porch

May 27 2013

As someone who regularly deals with contentious issues, I prefer to keep my address and telephone number unlisted. I don’t want to pick up my home phone, or answer a knock at my door and find one of the people who send me nasty emails ranting at me in person.

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Taxing our patience

Taxing our patience

May 04 2013

Leroux is still fighting the federal tax collector in court with the help of the Canadian Constitution Foundation. But our question is why the federal government doesn’t step in and demand an investigation of this sordid affair. After all, imagine if in criminal court, police and prosecutors were found to

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“I want my life back”. After more than a decade, B.C. man still fighting to right damages brought by tax agency.

“I want my life back”. After more than a decade, B.C. man still fighting to right damages brought by tax agency.

Apr 25 2013

Mr. Leroux’s camp maintains the tax agency is simply trying to “outlitigate” him. “They can’t be allowed to turn this into a war of attrition, because Mr. Leroux can’t afford to win a war of attrition,” said Mr. Armstrong. Indeed, he would have been outlitigated long ago if his fight

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