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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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“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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Save Canadian healthcare. Help Canadians have their right to choose not to wait recognized.

Save Canadian healthcare. Help Canadians have their right to choose not to wait recognized.

Dec 16 2019

Our healthcare system is the pride of Canadians, coast to coast to coast—until they need it. Backlogs and a lack of space has us waiting sometimes for years for basic treatments. However, it’s illegal for most Canadians to purchase care when the wait’s too long. Example? Walid Khalfallah of BC

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Is your right to speak out less valid than anyone else’s?

Is your right to speak out less valid than anyone else’s?

Dec 16 2019

Attacks on free speech are happening all around the world. Many Canadians will be surprised to find out it’s happening here too! Example? The fining of Carolyn Strom who spoke out against the quality of healthcare her grandfather was receiving in Saskatchewan. Or the arrest of Randy Fleming in Ontario.

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Internal Trade Provincial Leadership Index

Internal Trade Provincial Leadership Index

Nov 14 2019

While Canada continues to negotiate free trade agreements with numerous countries, the provinces continue to maintain obstacles to trade within our own borders. The Montreal Economic Institute and the CCF have listed the provinces from best to worst in a ranking of their openness to internal trade. Executive Summary Canada

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Bruce MacDonald’s experience with BC’s healthcare system

Bruce MacDonald’s experience with BC’s healthcare system

Jun 27 2019

  This video was created by SecondStreet.org, an organization that communicates public policy issues with interviews and conversations with regular Canadians. Bruce MacDonald was told it would be a two- to three-year wait for a surgery he needed to alleviate sinus pain he described as ‘torture’. Instead of waiting, Bruce went

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Patients are waiting longer for operations according to sworn statements

Patients are waiting longer for operations according to sworn statements

Apr 30 2019

Our healthcare freedom case for patient rights resumed again this Monday. As revealed by sworn statements by surgeons working in BC, the lack of operating time being rationed has not been able to keep up with what is needed for suffering patients. As Pamela Fayerman reports: …He used to tell patients they’d

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Making the democratic case against Quebec’s Bill 21

Making the democratic case against Quebec’s Bill 21

Apr 11 2019

The Quebec government’s renewed attempt to legislate state secularism in Bill 21, An Act respecting the laicity of the State, is hostile to religious minorities. It rests on a conception of secularism that is neither tenable nor desirable in what has become a vibrantly multicultural province. Still, the way forward

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Update: CCF case against compelled speech for Ontario lawyers

Update: CCF case against compelled speech for Ontario lawyers

Feb 06 2019

We have filed our affidavits and expert report in the case against the Law Society of Ontario’s requirement that licensees draft a personal statement demonstrating their personal valuing of inclusivity, diversity, and equality. Now we are waiting for the Law Society to respond with its evidence. In the coming weeks,

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