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Lauren Heuser: The Real Threat to Free Speech

Lauren Heuser: The Real Threat to Free Speech

Apr 24 2017

Last week, conservative pundit Ann Coulter became the latest person to be blocked from speaking at a university. In their letter to the Berkeley College Republicans, the sponsors of the talk, administrators from the University of California, Berkeley explained that it was “not possible to assure that the event could

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Ian Mulgrew: Costs, hypocrisy taking toll in Medicare constitutional challenge

Ian Mulgrew: Costs, hypocrisy taking toll in Medicare constitutional challenge

Apr 18 2017

Dr. Brian Day nibbled at a low-fat muffin, muttering “probably a thousand calories,” sipped a morning coffee, and tried to swallow his frustration. Nearly a decade after he launched a landmark challenge to B.C.’s Medicare Protection Act, the marathon legal proceedings are bogged down and Day is crowd-funding through the

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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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