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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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Release: Amended Application filed in support of Charter challenge to Law Society’s mandatory Statement of Principles

Release: Amended Application filed in support of Charter challenge to Law Society’s mandatory Statement of Principles

Nov 22 2017

Calgary, Alberta—The Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) announced the filing of an Amended Application in the Charter challenge brought by Dr. Ryan Alford against the Law Society of Upper Canada’s requirement that licensees draft and endorse a personal “Statement of Principles.” The amended application can be found here. More information about

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Canadian Constitution Foundation supports challenge to Law Society’s personal Statement of Principles

Canadian Constitution Foundation supports challenge to Law Society’s personal Statement of Principles

Nov 06 2017

Calgary, Alberta—The Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) announced that it is supporting an application filed today in the Ontario Superior Court by Dr. Ryan Alford, a law professor at Lakehead University, challenging the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) new requirement that licensees draft a personal “Statement of Principles” acknowledging their

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Beer Freedom in the Supreme Court: Gérard Comeau’s factum filed in R. v. Comeau

Beer Freedom in the Supreme Court: Gérard Comeau’s factum filed in R. v. Comeau

Oct 13 2017

Calgary, Alberta – Today, the factum of Respondent, Gérard Comeau, was filed in the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of R. v. Comeau. Mr. Comeau’s argument is summed up in the factum’s concluding paragraph: “It is time for the Gold Seal Interpretation and all the internal trade barriers

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Release: CCF granted intervener status in Supreme Court freedom of association case

Release: CCF granted intervener status in Supreme Court freedom of association case

Aug 24 2017

Today, the Supreme Court of Canada granted the CCF’s motion to intervene in a case that will have profound implications for all private civil society organizations, and particularly religious congregations. The Canadian Constitution Foundation had previously filed an affidavit in support of the application for leave last autumn and Executive

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Beer Freedom and Free Trade: New Brunswick Crown files factum in R. v. Comeau

Beer Freedom and Free Trade: New Brunswick Crown files factum in R. v. Comeau

Aug 21 2017

Calgary, Alberta — On Friday we received the factum of the Appellant, the Attorney General of New Brunswick in the case of R. v. Comeau. We are currently reviewing it. Without jumping the gun on the litigation process, we are confident that there are compelling responses to the Appellant’s arguments.

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Decision: Alberta’s discriminatory beer tax violates Agreement on Internal Trade

Decision: Alberta’s discriminatory beer tax violates Agreement on Internal Trade

Jul 28 2017

Today, an expert 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, which discriminates against out-of-province craft beers, does not comply with the province’s free trade obligations under Canada’s Agreement on Internal Trade. The

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