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The Unintended Legacy of Canada’s Charter

The Unintended Legacy of Canada’s Charter

Apr 17 2017

Thirty-five years ago today, Queen Elizabeth II signed the Constitution Act, 1982. A flag-waving crowd gathered on Parliament Hill to watch. Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau sat to the queen’s right, looking delighted, and two tall men stood to her left—one pinning the pages down as if to stop them from

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B.C. plays the legal long game in private health-care fight

B.C. plays the legal long game in private health-care fight

Apr 13 2017

Earlier this week, one of the most important trials in recent Canadian history was forced to adjourn when the plaintiffs said they had run out of funds. This is what happens when you go up against an entity that has virtually unlimited resources: the government. At issue is nothing less

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Supreme Court to hear case involving Calgary man expelled from Jehovah’s Witnesses

Supreme Court to hear case involving Calgary man expelled from Jehovah’s Witnesses

Apr 13 2017

Canada’s top court has agreed to wade in on the question of whether private organizations, such as churches, can have their decisions reviewed by the justice system. At issue is whether a Calgary man, expelled from a local Jehovah’s Witness congregation, can appeal that decision to a court. Calgary Court

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Release: Supreme Court to hear CCF-supported case on freedom of religion and freedom of association

Release: Supreme Court to hear CCF-supported case on freedom of religion and freedom of association

Apr 13 2017

Today, the Supreme Court of Canada granted leave to hear a case that will have profound implications for all private civil society organizations, and particularly religious congregations. The Canadian Constitution Foundation filed an affidavit in support of the application for leave last autumn and Executive Director, Howard Anglin, wrote about

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Access to Timely Medical Care Threatened By Lack of Funds for Charter Challenge

Access to Timely Medical Care Threatened By Lack of Funds for Charter Challenge

Apr 10 2017

The plaintiffs in a Charter challenge to BC’s excessive wait times for necessary medical treatment have requested an adjournment today because the Defendant’s litigation tactics have caused them to run out of funds. The trial, which began in the BC Supreme Court on September 6th 2016, is about whether patients

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Media Roundtable On Vaping, Regulation And The Law

Media Roundtable On Vaping, Regulation And The Law

Apr 10 2017

OTTAWA, ONTARIO —On April 11 at 11 A.M., Derek From, staff lawyer at the Canadian Constitution Foundation (“CCF”), will be a panelist at a Media Roundtable on Vaping, Regulation and the Law in the Gatineau Room at Ottawa’s Chateau Laurier. Mr. From will be speaking about the constitutionality of the

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Sunny Dhillon: Financial hurdles halt lawsuit against Canada’s health-care system

Sunny Dhillon: Financial hurdles halt lawsuit against Canada’s health-care system

Apr 10 2017

The constitutional challenge of Canada’s public health-care system has adjourned until September, with the plaintiffs arguing they have run out of money for the case and accusing the British Columbia government of stall tactics. But the province offered no apologies for “vigorously” defending the public system and said the plaintiffs

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New “Canadian Free Trade Agreement” Ignores The Constitution

New “Canadian Free Trade Agreement” Ignores The Constitution

Apr 09 2017

If you loosen a prisoner’s shackles, he may thank you for giving him more room to move, but it doesn’t make him free. Bear this in mind when you read industry groups praising the “historic” new Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) announced on Friday by the Federal Government and the

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Janyce McGregor: 5 things to watch in today’s interprovincial trade deal

Janyce McGregor: 5 things to watch in today’s interprovincial trade deal

Apr 07 2017

As economic development ministers gather in Toronto today to release the final text of the new Canada Free Trade Agreement, here’s a quick guide to what it will — and won’t — do. Free the wine and beer? Not yet Federal minister Navdeep Bains says he’s heard plenty from Canadians

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