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N.L. says inspectors can search you, take your blood and drop you at the border. Can they really do that?

N.L. says inspectors can search you, take your blood and drop you at the border. Can they really do that?

May 25 2020

In Newfoundland and Labrador, a public health inspector can pull you over in your car and demand that you show him what’s on your cell phone. He can take any “copies, extracts, photographs or videos” that he feels are necessary. He can force a swab up your nose or demand

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Arbitrary Covid-19 orders could bankrupt some businesses. Is that constitutional?

Arbitrary Covid-19 orders could bankrupt some businesses. Is that constitutional?

May 19 2020

In March, Canada’s premiers were faced with apocalyptic images of overwhelmed hospitals in Italy. They responded by shutting down as many businesses as they could. The idea was that by keeping most of the population at home, they could stop the spread of Covid-19. These emergency orders seem to have

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Join the CCF for a digital town hall meeting on government overreach and COVID-19

Join the CCF for a digital town hall meeting on government overreach and COVID-19

May 13 2020

Join CCF Executive Director Joanna Baron for a digital town hall meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, May 26 at 12:00 Noon Eastern Time featuring: Updates on CCF’s constitutional litigation, including our challenge against political speech censorship and our landmark Healthcare Freedom case; An update on areas of strategic concern vis-a-vis

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Some postal workers want Canada Post to stop delivering an anti-China newspaper. Can they do that?

Some postal workers want Canada Post to stop delivering an anti-China newspaper. Can they do that?

May 12 2020

Some postal workers are pressuring the government to order Canada Post to stop delivering a piece of mail because they don’t like its message. Epoch Times, a newspaper run by Chinese expatriates, has been mailing Canadians a special edition called: “How the Chinese Communist Party Endangered the World.” The newspaper

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Keeping older workers at home for their own safety might not be constitutional

Keeping older workers at home for their own safety might not be constitutional

May 06 2020

When Quebec students return to classrooms later this month, not all of their teachers will be there to greet them. Quebec’s Education Minister Jean-François Roberge has said that any teacher age 60 or older should stay at home due to the heightened risk that older people appear to face from

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Six in 10 want Covid-19 vaccines to be mandatory. Can the government do that?

Six in 10 want Covid-19 vaccines to be mandatory. Can the government do that?

Apr 29 2020

Governments around the world are pouring money into research for a Covid-19 vaccine, hoping that finding one that works will allow the world to get back to normal. Vaccines are a blessing. They prevent millions of deaths annually. At least 25 people died out of the 40 million Americans who

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The government may ban Covid-19 ‘misinformation.’ Can they really do that?

The government may ban Covid-19 ‘misinformation.’ Can they really do that?

Apr 20 2020

On April 2, a journalist asked health minister Patty Hajdu about a Bloomberg news report citing U.S. intelligence that had concluded China covered up the extent of its Covid-19 outbreak. The minister responded by telling the journalist that he was “feeding into conspiracy theories that many people have been perpetuating

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Are bans on religious gatherings constitutional?

Are bans on religious gatherings constitutional?

Apr 13 2020

It’s the time of year when Christians crowd into churches, Jews meet family for Passover, and Sikhs march to celebrate Vaisakhi, but the risk of Covid-19 has forced most religiously-observant Canadians to stay at home instead. All provinces have placed at least some restrictions on public gatherings including religious services

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Police are using phone data to track Covid patients. Can they do that?

Police are using phone data to track Covid patients. Can they do that?

Apr 06 2020

Everywhere we go, our cellphones are creating virtual records of our movements. This location data can be a powerful tool for tracking down spies or investigating murders. But there is also potential for this data to be misused against innocent people, which is why democracies have safeguards in place like

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