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Calgary’s proposed shark fin bylaw lurks in murky legal waters

Calgary’s proposed shark fin bylaw lurks in murky legal waters

Feb 06 2013

:ast July 16, Calgary city council voted to enact a bylaw to ban the distribution and sale of shark fins in Calgary. Ald. Brian Pincott brought the bylaw to council supported by a petition containing thousands of signatures. Ald. John Mar admonished Calgary’s Chinese-Canadians saying they may need to give

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The Canadian Man Charged for Defending Himself

The Canadian Man Charged for Defending Himself

Jan 04 2013

CCF supporters probably remember the case of Ian Thomson, the man in southern Ontario who awoke one morning in August, 2010 to find intruders firebombing his house. As an experienced firearms instructor, Thomson knew what to do: he got his gun out of the safe where it was stored and

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Alberta’s new Education Act protects local school boards from competition

Alberta’s new Education Act protects local school boards from competition

Dec 03 2012

Imagine a world where General Motors has to ask Ford’s permission to bring a new car to market. In such a scenario, GM spends its own resources in research and development, gauging consumer demand, and implementing new procedures for efficient manufacturing. GM’s competitor, Ford, does nothing. Now imagine that Ford

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‘Conflicting Rights’ Implies a Phony Right

‘Conflicting Rights’ Implies a Phony Right

Nov 22 2012

A spokesman for the Ontario Human Rights Commission has finally admitted what was obvious to any thinking person from the very inception of the Human Rights Code: namely, that the code would eventually start generating numerous problems over so-called “conflicting rights.” The admission can be found in Little fence on

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Ontario needs a commitment to language freedom

Ontario needs a commitment to language freedom

Nov 12 2012

It really shouldn’t be news when a government stands up for the constitutional liberties of its citizens, but the sad truth is that these days, governments are more often found violating individual liberty than defending it. That’s why the actions of the municipal council in eastern Ontario’s South Stormont Township

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Press Release: Supreme Court issues dangerous ruling: Having to treat some more equally than others could wreak havoc on government programs

Press Release: Supreme Court issues dangerous ruling: Having to treat some more equally than others could wreak havoc on government programs

Nov 09 2012

OTTAWA: The Supreme Court of Canada released a unanimous decision today holding that the North Vancouver School District discriminated against an elementary school student by failing to provide him with a special education program which it had scrapped years before due to budget shortfalls. In 1994, the cash-strapped school district

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The court case that changed everything

The court case that changed everything

Oct 22 2012

Eighty-three years ago this month, on Oct. 18, 1929, the British Empire’s senior jurist, Lord Chancellor John Sankey, ruled that “The British North America Act planted in Canada a living tree capable of growth and expansion within its natural limits.” The way the Supreme Court sees it, these words give

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Press Release: New study suggests Supreme Court has misinterpreted the 1929 Persons Case

Press Release: New study suggests Supreme Court has misinterpreted the 1929 Persons Case

Oct 16 2012

TORONTO: According to a paper released today by the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF), Canada’s Constitution is not a flexible “living tree” open to progressive interpretation. This directly challenges the prevailing opinion in Canada’s legal community. The paper, authored by Member of Parliament Scott Reid, lays out how the 1929 Persons

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No warrant required for bylaw officers in Ontario

No warrant required for bylaw officers in Ontario

Sep 21 2012

Loretta Newton was home alone sleeping on her couch in Cambridge, Ont., when she was awakened by several men pressing their faces against her backyard window. Startled, she jumped off her couch to get to the phone to call her husband John, dislodging a medical tube in her breast. She

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