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You have the right to remain silent … and film the proceedings

You have the right to remain silent … and film the proceedings

Aug 17 2012

What have cops got against cameras these days? Increasingly, people are getting arrested, charged or even assaulted by police officers, merely for attempting to take photos or videos of officers at work. Often, police simply command people to stop photographing. Scared into thinking they must be breaking some law, citizens

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A regulatory wolf in sheep’s clothing

A regulatory wolf in sheep’s clothing

Aug 12 2012

Canada’s pending entry into the Trans Pacific Partnership has focused public attention—and well-deserved wrath—on the subsidies that consumers are forced to pay to dairy and poultry farmers through the supply management system. However, I recently stumbled across a hidden agricultural subsidy that most Canadians have probably never heard of, but

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Tribunal tramples on private property rights

Tribunal tramples on private property rights

Jul 31 2012

Chalk up another victory for the “human rights” industry, where hurt feelings almost always trump real rights and freedoms. In a recent case decided by the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal, the rights and freedoms sacrificed at the altar of the tribunal included the private property rights and freedom of

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Media Advisory: Raw Milk Farmer Michael Schmidt in Court of Appeal on July 26

Media Advisory: Raw Milk Farmer Michael Schmidt in Court of Appeal on July 26

Jul 23 2012

TORONTO: Dairy farmer Michael Schmidt will return to court on Thursday, July 26, 2012 seeking leave from the Ontario Court of Appeal to appeal his convictions on 13 counts relating to the sale and distribution of raw (unpasteurized) milk. The motion will take place in Courtroom 1, in Osgoode Hall,

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Press Release: Restrictions on access to health services provided by Cambie violate the constitutional rights of BC patients

Press Release: Restrictions on access to health services provided by Cambie violate the constitutional rights of BC patients

Jul 19 2012

Today the Medical Services Commission announced what we have always acknowledged – that the Cambie Surgery Centre has not been complying with the restrictions on health care in this province. Indeed, we told the Government that the audit was unnecessary because we conceded that we are not in compliance with

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No need for forced diversity on the bench

No need for forced diversity on the bench

May 20 2012

Does Canada need a quota system to ensure racial diversity among the judiciary? The Globe and Mail has published no fewer than four articles in the past month reporting and then rehashing the factoid that 98 of the most recent 100 federally appointed judges are white. Groups representing Asian lawyers,

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Litigation Projects Progress Report

Litigation Projects Progress Report

May 17 2012

Chief Mountain v. Canada Following long delays, Chief Mountain and his fellow Nisga’a finally got their days in court in late 2010 and early 2011. The BC Supreme Court decision did not accept Chief Mountain’s constitutional arguments against the Nisga’a Final Agreement. Chief Mountain is appealing this decision to the

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Canadian Constitution Foundation to address Parliamentary Inquiry into anti-Semitism

Canadian Constitution Foundation to address Parliamentary Inquiry into anti-Semitism

May 12 2012

OTTAWA: The Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism (CPCCA) will convene today, to receive testimony from scholars and experts. The CPCCA is a non-partisan group of parliamentarians whose aim is to combat the global resurgence of anti-Semitism. Karen Selick, Litigation Director with the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF), will be giving

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Press Release: Shepherd Seeking Lost Sheep—and Judicial Review for CFIA Destruction Order

Press Release: Shepherd Seeking Lost Sheep—and Judicial Review for CFIA Destruction Order

Apr 24 2012

HASTINGS, ON: The owner of a rare heritage Shropshire sheep flock that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has ordered destroyed has filed a federal court application for judicial review of the order. Shepherd Montana Jones’ farm has been under quarantine for two years. In March, 2012 the CFIA issued

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