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Alberta to sue Ontario over interprovincial trade barrier, but will fail to meet its own deadline for responding to trade panel ruling

Alberta to sue Ontario over interprovincial trade barrier, but will fail to meet its own deadline for responding to trade panel ruling

Nov 27 2018

Yesterday, Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci made two important announcements. First, that Alberta will take legal action against the Government of Ontario for erecting trade barriers that it alleges keep Alberta’s liquor products out of Ontario. Second, that Alberta will fail to meet its deadline to comply with a recent

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Release: BC Court grants injunction in landmark healthcare Charter case

Release: BC Court grants injunction in landmark healthcare Charter case

Nov 23 2018

We are thrilled to report that the BC Supreme Court has sided with suffering patients and the doctors and private clinics who treat them by staying the coming into force of new financial penalties that the BC government recently introduced to put the clinics out of business. The proposed fines

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BC goes to court to hide costs of landmark healthcare trial from the public

BC goes to court to hide costs of landmark healthcare trial from the public

Nov 14 2018

BC really doesn’t want you to know how much the government has spent since 2009 fighting against patients suffering on waitlists who want their Charter right to timely treatment. Since 2009, the BC Government has been litigating against patient plaintiffs who have suffered as a result of rationed healthcare and

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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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