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Ontario needs a commitment to language freedom

Ontario needs a commitment to language freedom

Nov 12 2012

It really shouldn’t be news when a government stands up for the constitutional liberties of its citizens, but the sad truth is that these days, governments are more often found violating individual liberty than defending it. That’s why the actions of the municipal council in eastern Ontario’s South Stormont Township

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The court case that changed everything

The court case that changed everything

Oct 22 2012

Eighty-three years ago this month, on Oct. 18, 1929, the British Empire’s senior jurist, Lord Chancellor John Sankey, ruled that “The British North America Act planted in Canada a living tree capable of growth and expansion within its natural limits.” The way the Supreme Court sees it, these words give

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No warrant required for bylaw officers in Ontario

No warrant required for bylaw officers in Ontario

Sep 21 2012

Loretta Newton was home alone sleeping on her couch in Cambridge, Ont., when she was awakened by several men pressing their faces against her backyard window. Startled, she jumped off her couch to get to the phone to call her husband John, dislodging a medical tube in her breast. She

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The slippery slope of Kate Middleton’s breasts

The slippery slope of Kate Middleton’s breasts

Sep 19 2012

If Catherine Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, had been wearing even the teensiest bikini top while sunning herself at a secluded villa in southern France, the world would not now be in an uproar over photos published by the French magazine Closer and the Italian newspaper Chi. The fact that

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You have the right to remain silent … and film the proceedings

You have the right to remain silent … and film the proceedings

Aug 17 2012

What have cops got against cameras these days? Increasingly, people are getting arrested, charged or even assaulted by police officers, merely for attempting to take photos or videos of officers at work. Often, police simply command people to stop photographing. Scared into thinking they must be breaking some law, citizens

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A regulatory wolf in sheep’s clothing

A regulatory wolf in sheep’s clothing

Aug 12 2012

Canada’s pending entry into the Trans Pacific Partnership has focused public attention—and well-deserved wrath—on the subsidies that consumers are forced to pay to dairy and poultry farmers through the supply management system. However, I recently stumbled across a hidden agricultural subsidy that most Canadians have probably never heard of, but

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Tribunal tramples on private property rights

Tribunal tramples on private property rights

Jul 31 2012

Chalk up another victory for the “human rights” industry, where hurt feelings almost always trump real rights and freedoms. In a recent case decided by the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal, the rights and freedoms sacrificed at the altar of the tribunal included the private property rights and freedom of

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No need for forced diversity on the bench

No need for forced diversity on the bench

May 20 2012

Does Canada need a quota system to ensure racial diversity among the judiciary? The Globe and Mail has published no fewer than four articles in the past month reporting and then rehashing the factoid that 98 of the most recent 100 federally appointed judges are white. Groups representing Asian lawyers,

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Litigation Projects Progress Report

Litigation Projects Progress Report

May 17 2012

Chief Mountain v. Canada Following long delays, Chief Mountain and his fellow Nisga’a finally got their days in court in late 2010 and early 2011. The BC Supreme Court decision did not accept Chief Mountain’s constitutional arguments against the Nisga’a Final Agreement. Chief Mountain is appealing this decision to the

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