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Amend the Supreme Court Act to Put Term Limits on Judges

Amend the Supreme Court Act to Put Term Limits on Judges

Nov 11 2013

On Nov. 12, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) is hearing the Senate Reference. Among other questions, the federal government has asked the SCC to examine Branches and if that http://atlasl.com/piya/zovirax-tablets-over-the-counter.php skin but absorb a viagra 2 tabletten online ohne rezept dboccio.com day abraca.com how to use nizagara tablets and

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Canada’s Hypocritical Blasphemy Law

Canada’s Hypocritical Blasphemy Law

Oct 01 2013

On September 30, 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published the now notorious cartoons of the prophet Muhammad. The cartoons were republished by newspapers around the world and over 200 people died as protests and riots erupted in response. Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a statement that he regretted that Canadian

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Alberta’s Municipal Anti-Bullying Laws are Deeply Flawed

Alberta’s Municipal Anti-Bullying Laws are Deeply Flawed

Sep 24 2013

One of the easiest ways for a municipal politician to keep his constituents happy is to give them what they want. Sometimes this means enacting popular yet dubious bylaws. Perhaps this is the impetus behind the Town of Airdrie’s push to amend its Public Behaviour Bylaw to prohibit bullying. After

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Ontario’s muddled war on ‘heritage’

Ontario’s muddled war on ‘heritage’

Jul 30 2013

First, there are the barn closures. In May, 2012, the Office of the Fire Marshal sent a communiqué to all Ontario municipalities warning them that they should not permit barns within their territory to be used for public gatherings such as dances, weddings, concerts, meetings or religious services. After Ontario

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There’s Nothing Exploitative About Paying for Blood Donations

There’s Nothing Exploitative About Paying for Blood Donations

Jul 03 2013

On June 27, 2013, the federal government released a summary report of its consultations with stakeholders regarding payment for plasma donations. Meanwhile, a company called Canadian Plasma Resources has constructed two privately owned clinics in Toronto that await approval prior to paying donors for their blood plasma. Right on cue,

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Do censorship laws favour lesbians over Christians?

Do censorship laws favour lesbians over Christians?

Jul 02 2013

On June 19, comedian Guy Earle (right) lost his appeal of a 2008 B.C. Human Rights Tribunal decision. The Tribunal found that Earle discriminated against Lorna Pardy during an open mic event for amateur stand-up comics. The story of what happened is difficult to piece together, but it seems that

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Mandatory professional development is window-dressing

Mandatory professional development is window-dressing

Jun 26 2013

The headline on a notice recently circulated by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) announced, “Two-year review of CPD Requirement confirms success, introduces enhancements.” As someone who had been skeptical about the value of mandatory CPD (Continuing Professional Development) from its inception, I was curious to see exactly how

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Suspended rights let cops rifle homes to seize rifles

Suspended rights let cops rifle homes to seize rifles

Jun 16 2013

High River homeowners are livid that their homes were searched by cops who seized their guns while they were blocked from returning to their properties, but politicians insist the police were justified because the flood “was an emergency.” Legal experts say our Charter rights are often in peril in times

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Get the picketers off my porch

Get the picketers off my porch

May 27 2013

As someone who regularly deals with contentious issues, I prefer to keep my address and telephone number unlisted. I don’t want to pick up my home phone, or answer a knock at my door and find one of the people who send me nasty emails ranting at me in person.

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