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Your Health Can’t Wait: Fighting for the right to seek healthcare

Your Health Can’t Wait: Fighting for the right to seek healthcare

Jul 23 2020

Your Health Can’t Wait: Fighting for the right to seek healthcare Right now, it is effectively illegal for most Canadians to purchase healthcare for themselves or their families when the public system makes them wait too long. Please add your name to the growing list of Canadians supporting the constitutional

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Opinion: Canada’s border restrictions no longer constitutionally justified

Opinion: Canada’s border restrictions no longer constitutionally justified

Jul 22 2020

For four months, the Canadian government has forced Canadians to stay home. It shut the U.S.-Canada land border to “non-essential” travel, a closure that has just been extended until at least August 31. It has also required anyone entering the country from abroad to endure 14 days of self-isolation—essentially house

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Ontario’s new COVID-19 bill is an assault on our rights

Ontario’s new COVID-19 bill is an assault on our rights

Jul 20 2020

Why is the province of Ontario making emergency powers permanent while simultaneously declaring the emergency over? This power-grab by the premier is an unjustified violation of Charter protected rights, and citizens should be concerned. Bill 195, The Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Approach to COVID-19) Act, 2020, was introduced at Queen’s

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Watch yesterday’s Zoom Town Hall with Dr. Brian Day

Watch yesterday’s Zoom Town Hall with Dr. Brian Day

Jul 15 2020

Yesterday’s Zoom Town Hall meeting is now available on YouTube. The CCF’s Joanna Baron and Christine Van Geyn hosted Dr. Brian Day via Zoom to discuss the Healthcare Freedom case (aka the Cambie case). Dr. Day answered questions and provided a superb summary of both the case’s history and his

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Zoom Town Hall with Special Guest Dr. Brian Day

Zoom Town Hall with Special Guest Dr. Brian Day

Jun 30 2020

Zoom Town Hall with Special Guest Dr. Brian Day Tuesday, July 14th, 12:00-1:00 EST The coronavirus crisis has exposed long-existing gaps in Canada’s healthcare system, with hundreds of people being forced to delay procedures and Canada’s hospitals, already operating at capacity, being severely stressed. BC estimates it might take up

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Covid-19 trial delays are threatening people’s constitutional rights

Covid-19 trial delays are threatening people’s constitutional rights

Jun 29 2020

Toronto criminal lawyer Thomas Surmanski is worried that the near shutdown of Ontario courts between mid-March and early July due to Covid-19 will make the already-painful trial delays that his clients suffer from even longer. Surmanski was supposed to defend a client at a two-week trial planned for June. He

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B.C. government in court fighting to keep Cambie litigation costs secret

B.C. government in court fighting to keep Cambie litigation costs secret

Jun 25 2020

Are taxpayers entitled to know how much money the government has spent on a court battle that has been going on for more than 10 years? That is the question before the B.C. Court of Appeal on June 24. The Canadian Constitution Foundation, a charitable organization that brought this case

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CCF in court this week for disclosure of what BC has spent fighting against healthcare choice

CCF in court this week for disclosure of what BC has spent fighting against healthcare choice

Jun 25 2020

The Government of British Columbia really doesn’t want you to know how much the government has spent since 2009 fighting against patients suffering on waiting lists who want their Charter right to timely treatment. And lawyers representing the CCF were in the Court of Appeal for British Columbia this week for the

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Appeal hearing tomorrow! CCF in court for disclosure of what BC has spent fighting against healthcare choice

Appeal hearing tomorrow! CCF in court for disclosure of what BC has spent fighting against healthcare choice

Jun 23 2020

The Government of British Columbia really doesn’t want you to know how much the government has spent since 2009 fighting against patients suffering on waiting lists who want their Charter right to timely treatment. And lawyers representing the CCF will be in the Court of Appeal for British Columbia this Wednesday, June

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