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Breaking down the barriers to interprovincial alcohol shipping

Breaking down the barriers to interprovincial alcohol shipping

Mar 16 2015

In February, the federal government announced an amendment of the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act (IILA) that would get rid of that law’s red tape preventing customers from buying beer in one province and taking it to another. New Brunswick’s minister of justice responded by saying he intended to modernize

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Get the state out of my smartphone

Get the state out of my smartphone

Mar 09 2015

My sense of outrage over the story was starting to peak just as I reached my turn at the scanner. I quickly shoved my phone into my purse and dumped it into a bin, then clumsily attempted to remove my boots and extricate my laptop from its bag at the

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Thousands of people in line for hip surgery are in wait-list limbo

Thousands of people in line for hip surgery are in wait-list limbo

Mar 02 2015

The case “could set a dangerous precedent for the rest of the country, and move Canada toward a U.S.-style two-tier health-care system,” claims a website set up by Canadian Doctors for Medicare and the B.C. Health Coalition. As the executive director of the Canadian Constitution Foundation, which is supporting the

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Ontario’s new sex-ed program has nothing to do with sex

Ontario’s new sex-ed program has nothing to do with sex

Feb 26 2015

As unfashionable as it might have become, the notion of parents shaping their offspring’s character remains something I stubbornly believe in. The fact that parents often make a hash of it doesn’t stop me from believing that it’s their hash to make — and that when the government tries to

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Assisted suicide ruling may be the first of several shakeups

Assisted suicide ruling may be the first of several shakeups

Feb 10 2015

It’s a big deal for patients and family members concerned with end-of-life decision making, which is most of us at one point or another, and it’s a big deal for doctors who have in a sense been handed the weightiest of powers over human life. It’s a big deal for

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Bill C-51: Think Inside the Box

Bill C-51: Think Inside the Box

Feb 09 2015

In the wake of the big reveal of Canada’s new anti-terrorism bill, which Stephen Harper unveiled last Friday, media outlets have been full of quotes and stories about the proposed legislation’s potential dangers to everything from our privacy to our safety (one line of thinking goes that increasing incarceration without

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Offensive opinions shouldn’t be muzzled

Offensive opinions shouldn’t be muzzled

Feb 09 2015

It’s not the nice, respectful commentary that riles up the censors. It’s the offensive stuff, the stuff that makes you cringe, wince or shake your head in disgust, the stuff that surely everyone with a bit of sense would reject. The question is whether we’re better off letting those with

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When cops become robbers

When cops become robbers

Feb 06 2015

Most U.S. states have their own civil forfeiture statutes, as do seven Canadian provinces, which means that in most of North America, police are still free to take people’s property — their homes, their cars, their cash — without even charging them with a crime, let alone proving one beyond

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Laws governing private property only enable bad neighbours

Laws governing private property only enable bad neighbours

Jan 27 2015

While Parliament resumed yesterday, and speculation began about whether new federal anti-terror legislation would respect rights of freedom of association and speech, it was a small story out of Ajax, Ont., that was probably most telling about the state of Canadians’ legal autonomy. Thanks to a complaint by a neighbour,

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