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Sony’s decision to kill The Interview has serious implications for free speech

Sony’s decision to kill The Interview has serious implications for free speech

Dec 24 2014

People can make poor decisions, but ultimately when a private newspaper, television station or publisher chooses not to print or broadcast a particular message, I generally chalk it up to a fair exercise of their prerogative. After all, the reason government censorship of speech is such a big deal is

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Upcoming court case may finally free beer laws

Upcoming court case may finally free beer laws

Dec 23 2014

The retired steelworker had the temerity – or perhaps merely the naïveté – to think that he could actually buy several cases of beer in Quebec (where it’s significantly cheaper) and drive them home to New Brunswick. Comeau has been charged with violating New Brunswick’s Liquor Control Act by bringing

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A truly consumer-friendly government would clean its own house before attacking U.S. companies

A truly consumer-friendly government would clean its own house before attacking U.S. companies

Dec 18 2014

The problem is that the most obvious government-imposed harms to consumers — which touch on important constitutional questions — are being ignored even as “protecting consumers” is being blared through megaphones. This month, the federal government very proudly announced — at a Toys ‘R Us location — new legislation it

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Silencing the sex workers

Silencing the sex workers

Dec 11 2014

The government’s justification is that these ads create demand for prostitution. (Who wants to break it to them that engaging in sexual activity for payment predates the printing press by just a tad?) The problem is that the Supreme Court struck down Canada’s previous prostitution laws because they violated sex

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The high price of Canada’s anti-spam law

The high price of Canada’s anti-spam law

Dec 04 2014

I happen to agree with them. Not only does CASL restrict activities far beyond what any reasonable person would consider malicious spam — for example, a boy scout sending out an email to the members of his troop to see if any of them want to buy his baseball glove

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Presumed innocent? That depends

Presumed innocent? That depends

Nov 28 2014

Even Canadians who couldn’t tell you which section of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms deals with these rights — heck even Canadians who couldn’t tell you what the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is — are aware that these procedural protections exist. It is a common knowledge

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Jail, fines, loss of livelihood over paperwork sins

Jail, fines, loss of livelihood over paperwork sins

Nov 26 2014

Wake up, Canadians. Bruce Montague — an Ontario man who has never been convicted of, or even charged with, any form of violence, theft or fraud — has had precisely this penalty imposed upon him for failing to fill out some forms. The financial portion of the penalty was confirmed

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Canadian Supreme Court condones abuse of power

Canadian Supreme Court condones abuse of power

Nov 21 2014

Like most small business owners, Bruce and Donna Montague had their life’s savings invested in their business. Bruce worked as a gunsmith near Kenora, Ontario. Bruce and Donna moved there to get out of the hustle and bustle of southern Ontario. Together, they built a home, raised a family, and

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A law that bans ‘mixed race’ couples?

A law that bans ‘mixed race’ couples?

Nov 06 2014

What century are we talking about? This one, I’m afraid; and the culprit is not some errant racist landlord trying to throw one tenant out of a building. It’s the Kahnawake Mohawk council, which has a law that bans all “mixed race” couples from living anywhere in its Montreal-area territory.

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