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Covid-19 update: How do Canadian emergency powers work?

Covid-19 update: How do Canadian emergency powers work?

Mar 24 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, all levels of government in Canada have implemented various rules and guidelines applicable to citizens. Though the federal government has not yet declared a state of emergency, provinces including Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Newfoundland and Labrador have declared a state of

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Protecting liberty during crises

Protecting liberty during crises

Mar 20 2020

Dear friends and supporters of the CCF, I am reaching out with a personal note as our nation and world enters an unprecedented time in which we will face extraordinary challenges. As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, we will turn to front line workers, government leaders, legislators, and scientists to shepherd

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Canadian Constitution Foundation releases constitutional analysis of Canadian vaping laws

Canadian Constitution Foundation releases constitutional analysis of Canadian vaping laws

Feb 20 2020

TORONTO, ONTARIO — The Canadian Constitution Foundation today released a report by Dr. Leonid Sirota, professor of law at the Auckland University of Technology Law School, that outlines possible avenues for a constitutional challenge to current and proposed vaping legislation in Canada. The report highlights the rights of a specific

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Release: Vaping regulations could be subject to constitutional challenges

Release: Vaping regulations could be subject to constitutional challenges

Feb 13 2020

TORONTO, ONTARIO — The Canadian Constitution Foundation today released the executive statement of an upcoming report by Dr. Leonid Sirota, professor of law at the Auckland University of Technology Law School, that outlines possible avenues for a constitutional challenge to current and proposed vaping legislation in Canada. The report highlights

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Read the executive summary from our upcoming 2020 report on vaping

Read the executive summary from our upcoming 2020 report on vaping

Feb 12 2020

CANADIAN VAPING LAW: OVERVIEW AND CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES By Dr. Leonid Sirota, Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology, Law School Executive Summary In this soon-to-be-released report, Dr. Sirota, a leading constitutional scholar, summarizes the laws and regulations that govern vaping in Canada; assesses the effect of vaping legislation on harm reduction;

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When cruelty to corporations is actually ‘cruel and unusual punishment’

When cruelty to corporations is actually ‘cruel and unusual punishment’

Jan 23 2020

On Wednesday the Supreme Court of Canada will hear a case, 9147-0732 Québec Ltd, that asks, for the first time, whether the Constitution’s guarantee against “cruel and unusual punishment” can extend to legal persons, i.e., corporations. How the court addresses this issue will be consequential. The court will decide whether

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New report highlights Canada’s wait times and our bizarre government monopoly on healthcare

New report highlights Canada’s wait times and our bizarre government monopoly on healthcare

Jan 22 2020

Happy New Year! The fight for Canadian governments to recognize the right of all Canadians to seek out healthcare continues into the new decade. The case’s final closing arguments will be made the week of February 24th in Vancouver, following which we expect up to a year for a judgment

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CCF to intervene in Supreme Court hearing on cruel and unusual punishment and corporations

CCF to intervene in Supreme Court hearing on cruel and unusual punishment and corporations

Jan 20 2020

In 2012, a privately owned Quebec company was issued a fine of $30,834 under the province’s Building Act for carrying out construction work as a contractor without holding the requisite licence for that purpose. The corporation responded by challenging the constitutionality of the fine in court, arguing that it violated

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“Put down the craft beer and back away!”

“Put down the craft beer and back away!”

Dec 16 2019

Bizarre restrictions on consumers and businesses are evident around the world. Why are we surprised that it’s happening here in Canada too? Example? Laws prevent you from doing business or working in the same sectors in other provinces. And Canadians can’t trade freely in our own country. Canadians can’t even

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