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Celebrated Toronto Attorney Murray Klippenstein joins Charter challenge against the Law Society of Ontario as a co-applicant

Celebrated Toronto Attorney Murray Klippenstein joins Charter challenge against the Law Society of Ontario as a co-applicant

Oct 25 2018

Mr. Klippenstein has practiced law for 30 years, founding his own law firm 20 years ago with a special focus on human rights issues and on working for disadvantaged individuals and communities. He was the lawyer who represented the family of aboriginal protestor Dudley George during the Ipperwash Inquiry, and

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Release: Huge victory against civil forfeiture as Ontario agrees to compensate innocent couple for seizing their properties

Release: Huge victory against civil forfeiture as Ontario agrees to compensate innocent couple for seizing their properties

Sep 10 2018

(The original emailed release with contact information is available here). Hailing it as “a huge victory against the abuse of civil forfeiture laws in Canada,” the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) announced today the Ontario government has agreed to drop its attempt to seize rental properties belonging to Maggie and Terry

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Injunction filed in Cambie Surgery Centre case: a showdown in the fight for patient choice!

Injunction filed in Cambie Surgery Centre case: a showdown in the fight for patient choice!

Jul 10 2018

On Friday, counsel in our historic BC healthcare choice case filed an injunction against the BC Government, seeking to stop the enforcement of new financial penalties that the government has threatened to impose on doctors who treat patients looking for treatment options other than languishing on growing wait lists. The

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New ranking of provincial liquor laws: Ontario least free; Manitoba tops list

New ranking of provincial liquor laws: Ontario least free; Manitoba tops list

Jun 29 2018

A new report from the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) examines all ten provinces’ liquor laws and grades them according to how open or protectionist they are. Manitoba scored highest by a significant margin, with Ontario at the bottom of the rankings. The full report can be found here (theccf.ca/tradereport). The

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Decision: Big win for the Canadian Constitution Foundation and Artisan Ales!

Decision: Big win for the Canadian Constitution Foundation and Artisan Ales!

Jun 10 2018

Alberta’s discriminatory beer tax violates the Agreement on Internal Trade On May 11, 2018, an Appeal Panel, convened pursuant to the dispute resolution process of the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), ruled that the Government of Alberta’s Small Brewers Development Program (ASBD Program) does not comply with the province’s free

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Release: Resounding victory for freedom of association of private bodies from the Supreme Court of Canada

Release: Resounding victory for freedom of association of private bodies from the Supreme Court of Canada

May 31 2018

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) today decided in Highwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses v. Wall that courts do not have the jurisdiction to review the membership and internal disciplinary decisions of private voluntary associations, including religious congregations. This decision is important because it shields civil society organizations from second-guessing

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R. v. Comeau: The beer is still not free – Supreme Court of Canada gives provinces leeway to restrict trade within Canada

R. v. Comeau: The beer is still not free – Supreme Court of Canada gives provinces leeway to restrict trade within Canada

Apr 19 2018

In a much-anticipated decision, the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) today held that while there are significant barriers to free trade between provinces within Canada, those barriers are constitutional as long as they are not directed “in essence and purpose” at preventing the flow of out-of-province goods into a province.

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Constitution Day 2018: Good news for free trade, healthcare choice; bad news for judicial activism; mixed news for free speech

Constitution Day 2018: Good news for free trade, healthcare choice; bad news for judicial activism; mixed news for free speech

Mar 28 2018

New for Constitution Day 2018, the Canadian Constitution Foundation surveyed Canadians’ views about our Constitution. Individual news releases covering key topics can be found at the following links: New poll: Canadians overwhelmingly back free trade within Canada New poll: A majority of Canadians support a private healthcare option for patients

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Release: LSUC moves to delay “Statement of Principles” Charter challenge

Release: LSUC moves to delay “Statement of Principles” Charter challenge

Feb 05 2018

The Law Society of Upper Canada (“LSUC”) has filed a motion to have the application of law professor Dr. Ryan Alford challenging the new “Statement of Principles” requirement transferred to Divisional Court from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The motion will be heard on March 8, 2018. This procedural

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