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Freedom of Expression: Fleming v. Ontario

Freedom of Expression: Fleming v. Ontario

Feb 15 2019

The CCF is intervening at the Supreme Court of Canada in the important case of Fleming v. Ontario in order to provide unequivocal support for the right to freedom of expression, and in particular, the right of all Canadians to express controversial views regarding social issues in a peaceful manner

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Fighting unconstitutional trade discrimination: Steam Whistle v. AGLC

Fighting unconstitutional trade discrimination: Steam Whistle v. AGLC

Jan 08 2019

On December 14, 2018, the Alberta Court of Appeal granted the Canadian Constitution Foundation leave to intervene in the appeal of the Steam Whistle v. AGLC decision, in which two out-of-province beer companies successfully challenged unconstitutional discrimination by Alberta against their products. This case concerns the Government of Alberta’s beer

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The Reillys (Civil forfeiture abuse in Ontario)

The Reillys (Civil forfeiture abuse in Ontario)

Sep 21 2018

Margaret and Terry Reilly are from Orillia, Ontario. The Reillys own several rental properties, some of which are former single-family homes that they have converted into rooming houses for low-income tenants. Margaret has been involved in alleviating poverty and homelessness since her father became the priest at an inner-city Anglican

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Fighting compelled speech: challenging the LSO’s Statement of Principles

Fighting compelled speech: challenging the LSO’s Statement of Principles

Nov 08 2017

On November 6, 2017, with the support of the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF), Prof. Ryan Alford of Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Law Faculty, filed an application challenging the Law Society of Ontario’s new requirement that all lawyers and paralegals draft a personal Statement of Principles demonstrating their “personal valuing” of

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R. v. MacKinnon (free speech case defending right to criticize government)

R. v. MacKinnon (free speech case defending right to criticize government)

May 24 2017

In 2011, Ms. MacKinnon, a former Drumheller municipal councillor, was charged with the offence of “defamatory libel” under section 301 of the Criminal Code for colourful comments she posted on social media critical of town officials. What she didn’t know, and what the prosecutors and the court should have known,

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Highwood Congregation v. Randy Wall (freedom of association and separation of church and state)

Highwood Congregation v. Randy Wall (freedom of association and separation of church and state)

Apr 13 2017

Should courts have broad power to regulate the membership of private groups? The Supreme Court of Canada has heard arguments for a case that will have profound implications for all private civil society organizations, and particularly religious congregations. The CCF has intervened in this case to help defend an important

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Peers v. ASC, Aitkens v. ASC (Right to jury intervention)

Peers v. ASC, Aitkens v. ASC (Right to jury intervention)

Jan 31 2017

If you’d already spent almost five years in prison and were given the choice between paying a $5 million fine or spending one more day in prison, which would you choose? That is the question at the heart of a constitutional challenge in which the CCF is intervening to support

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Interprovincial free trade: Artisan Ales trade complaint against Alberta

Interprovincial free trade: Artisan Ales trade complaint against Alberta

Aug 29 2016

Update: June 11, 2018 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 trade obligations under the AIT because

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R v. Comeau (Interprovincial free trade)

R v. Comeau (Interprovincial free trade)

Dec 19 2015

Do you think it is right to fine a retiree for buying alcohol in another province and bring it back across the border? We sure don’t! The Canadian Constitution Foundation is proud to support Gerard Comeau and his lawyers Ian Blue, Arnold Schwisberg and Mikael Bernard in their constitutional challenge to

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