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Vaping Laws Keep Less Harmful Option Out Of Canadians’ Reach

Vaping Laws Keep Less Harmful Option Out Of Canadians’ Reach

Mar 01 2017

On Feb. 23, 2017, the Canadian Constitution Foundation released a report titled “Vaping and the Law,” in which we surveyed and compared vaping legislation from across Canada. The chances are, unless you’re a smoker or former-smoker, you may not even know what vaping is. E-cigarettes are battery-operated, electronic devices that

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Generational pressure for health-care choice

Generational pressure for health-care choice

Feb 28 2017

I recently attended a lunch about the “Cambie Clinic” case, an ongoing constitutional challenge to British Columbia’s public healthcare monopoly. One of the guests, a former premier of a large province, was asked why he didn’t encourage more private healthcare options when he was in office. His answer was candid:

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Millar: E-cigarettes are a safe and excellent way of reducing our smoking rates

Millar: E-cigarettes are a safe and excellent way of reducing our smoking rates

Feb 28 2017

Last summer, I was tasked with researching e-cigarette legislation across Canada for the Canadian Constitution Foundation’s recently released report. E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices used to inhale vapour that can contain nicotine and are often used as a substitute for traditional cigarettes. To aid my research, I became better acquainted with

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Feds need to rethink anti-vaping legislation

Feds need to rethink anti-vaping legislation

Feb 27 2017

Remember when Prime Minister Stephen Harper was accused of muzzling scientists? The CBC reported his government brought in “strict procedures around how its scientists are allowed to speak about their research to the media.” These scientists claimed to “live in a culture of fear,” and the popular narrative was that

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Release: Canadian Constitution Foundation Report Reveals Major Problems With Canadian Vaping Laws

Release: Canadian Constitution Foundation Report Reveals Major Problems With Canadian Vaping Laws

Feb 23 2017

Today, the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) released its report “Vaping and the Law,” the first ever comprehensive study of e-cigarette regulations in Canada. Summary E-cigarettes (battery-operated devices used to inhale a vapour that can contain nicotine and other chemicals) first appeared on the market in the early 2000s, but did

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If Trudeau Won’t Defend M-103, Why Should We?

If Trudeau Won’t Defend M-103, Why Should We?

Feb 21 2017

Well, I tried. Despite being a dirty ex-partisan, according to a common strain of responses to my columns and tweets, I tried. I tried to be calmly rational and precise about what Liberal MP Iqra Khalid’s Motion M-103 does and doesn’t say about speech and the law, and to defend

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Press Release: Beer Freedom and Free Trade: R. v. Comeau in the Supreme Court of Canada

Press Release: Beer Freedom and Free Trade: R. v. Comeau in the Supreme Court of Canada

Feb 16 2017

Today, with the support of the Canadian Constitution Foundation, Gérard Comeau filed his response in the Supreme Court of Canada to the New Brunswick government’s Application for Leave to appeal his case. Mr. Comeau received national attention when provincial court Judge Ronald LeBlanc threw out a $293 fine against him

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The government should step away from an international antiracism treaty that would limit our free speech.

The government should step away from an international antiracism treaty that would limit our free speech.

Feb 15 2017

There has been a flutter of concern recently about a motion introduced in the House of Commons by Liberal MP Iqra Khalid. Among other things, motion M-103 calls on the government to “recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear [and] condemn Islamophobia and all

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As the Cambie case drags on, Canadians suffer

As the Cambie case drags on, Canadians suffer

Feb 10 2017

In his novel Bleak House, Charles Dickens satirized the crippling inefficiency of the old Court of Chancery using the case of Jarndyce v. Jarndyce, an inheritance dispute that dragged on so long that the value of the original estate had been consumed by the costs of litigation. Jarndyce v. Jarndyce

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