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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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Release: Appeal Panel public hearing over Alberta government’s ‘tax and refund’ policy for beer today

Release: Appeal Panel public hearing over Alberta government’s ‘tax and refund’ policy for beer today

Jan 25 2018

Calgary – On January 25, 2018, Calgary-based, Artisan Ales, is appearing in Montreal before an appellate panel assembled under the Agreement on Internal Trade (“AIT”) in its ongoing challenge to the Alberta government’s discriminatory treatment of out-of-province craft beer. You can read Artisan Ales’s appeal factum here. Today’s hearing concerns

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Release: Artisan Ales files appeal factum in dispute over unconstitutional beer tax and refund scheme

Release: Artisan Ales files appeal factum in dispute over unconstitutional beer tax and refund scheme

Dec 05 2017

On December 1, 2017, Artisan Ales filed an appeal factum in support of its ongoing challenge to the Alberta Government’s discriminatory treatment of out-of-province craft beer. On July 28, 2017, an expert panel convened under the Agreement on Internal Trade (“AIT”) found that the Government of Alberta’s discriminatory tax-and-subsidy regime

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Release: Charter Challenge to Law Society’s mandatory Statement of Principles takes on new urgency

Release: Charter Challenge to Law Society’s mandatory Statement of Principles takes on new urgency

Dec 04 2017

On Friday, the Law Society of Upper Canada soundly rejected a motion proposed by Joseph Groia, a prominent Toronto lawyer and bencher of the Law Society, to create an exemption to the new mandatory Statement of Principles for persons who believe the requirement violates their freedom of conscience. This leaves

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