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Discrimination must be proved, not simply assumed

Discrimination must be proved, not simply assumed

Mar 03 2012

Mere membership in a protected group is not enough to prove discrimination In Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, the Emperor was duped, his subjects were duped, and the only person willing to give an honest appraisal was a little child. “He isn’t wearing anything at all”, the

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Quebec’s attack on liberty

Quebec’s attack on liberty

Feb 22 2012

In 2008, two concerned Catholic parents requested that their children be exempted from Quebec’s Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) course – the Quebec government requires that all children in public, private, and home schooling take the course- because they felt it interfered with their ability to pass their faith on

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Human rights decision harms employment opportunities for young women

Human rights decision harms employment opportunities for young women

Feb 17 2012

Was it discrimination? On October 18, 2010, McKinnon let her employer know she was pregnant. Forty minutes after acknowledging the pregnancy, McKinnon was given two weeks’ notice. McKinnon refused the two additional weeks’ work and complained to the Human Rights Commission of PEI claiming that she had been discriminated against

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Your honour, what’s with the bulletproof glass?

Your honour, what’s with the bulletproof glass?

Feb 08 2012

I happened to catch a few moments of Sun News TV the day that the Kingston, Ont., courthouse was shut down due to a bomb threat during the Shafia trial. The reporter was marvelling over the low level of security he had observed at that courthouse up until then. There

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Press Release: CCF Will Defend Backyard Chicken Owners: Town Office Led Residents Astray on the Law

Press Release: CCF Will Defend Backyard Chicken Owners: Town Office Led Residents Astray on the Law

Feb 08 2012

The Canadian Constitution Foundation will provide legal representation to Shawn and Kelly Bacher of Campbellford, Ontario if the municipality of Trent Hills follows through with its threat to charge them with a bylaw violation, litigation director Karen Selick announced today. In 2009, Kelly Bacher went to the municipal office to

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“Judging the Judges”

“Judging the Judges”

Feb 01 2012

Karen Selick, the litigation director of the Canadian Constitution Foundation, says repeatedly poor judges shouldn’t be stuck with the stigma of reprimands or other findings against them. Instead, “we should fire them,” says Selick, who believes sanctions should not be reserved only for issues of misconduct, but also for issues

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Media Advisory: Canadian Constitution Foundation to argue for free speech at Ontario Court of Appeal

Media Advisory: Canadian Constitution Foundation to argue for free speech at Ontario Court of Appeal

Jan 30 2012

TORONTO, ON: The appeal of Howard Galganov v. The Corporation of Township of Russell et al. will be heard by the Ontario Court of Appeal on Thursday February 2, 2012 at 10:30am EST at Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen St. W., Toronto, Ontario. CCF Executive Director and lawyer, Chris Schafer, will

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There is something seriously wrong with Canada’s legal system

There is something seriously wrong with Canada’s legal system

Jan 23 2012

Canadians have a common law right to defend themselves, their family, and their property. This includes using reasonable force to protect oneself from physical harm. But this right – surely a fundamental, natural right immune from government interference – is being eroded and is under attack. Ian Thomson (pictured here),

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Quebec is right to confine support to consenting spouses

Quebec is right to confine support to consenting spouses

Jan 19 2012

The Supreme Court of Canada heard arguments on January 18, 2012 about whether or not a Quebec billionaire should have to pay spousal support to his former common-law spouse. It’s a colourful case: a poor but beautiful Brazilian teenager met a wealthy Canadian entrepreneur vacationing in Brazil. Eventually, she moved

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