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“New Brunswick says I can’t enter to visit my mom. Can they really do that?”

“New Brunswick says I can’t enter to visit my mom. Can they really do that?”

Mar 30 2020

Say your mother lives in New Brunswick and you live in Montreal. She calls you and says she’s worried. She isn’t sick with COVID-19, but her home care nurse has stopped showing up and she’s afraid to go out grocery shopping. She’s hoping you can move into her spare bedroom

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Covid-19 update: How do Canadian emergency powers work?

Covid-19 update: How do Canadian emergency powers work?

Mar 24 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, all levels of government in Canada have implemented various rules and guidelines applicable to citizens. Though the federal government has not yet declared a state of emergency, provinces including Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Newfoundland and Labrador have declared a state of

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Protecting liberty during crises

Protecting liberty during crises

Mar 20 2020

Dear friends and supporters of the CCF, I am reaching out with a personal note as our nation and world enters an unprecedented time in which we will face extraordinary challenges. As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, we will turn to front line workers, government leaders, legislators, and scientists to shepherd

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Read the executive summary from our upcoming 2020 report on vaping

Read the executive summary from our upcoming 2020 report on vaping

Feb 12 2020

CANADIAN VAPING LAW: OVERVIEW AND CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES By Dr. Leonid Sirota, Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology, Law School Executive Summary In this soon-to-be-released report, Dr. Sirota, a leading constitutional scholar, summarizes the laws and regulations that govern vaping in Canada; assesses the effect of vaping legislation on harm reduction;

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When cruelty to corporations is actually ‘cruel and unusual punishment’

When cruelty to corporations is actually ‘cruel and unusual punishment’

Jan 23 2020

On Wednesday the Supreme Court of Canada will hear a case, 9147-0732 Québec Ltd, that asks, for the first time, whether the Constitution’s guarantee against “cruel and unusual punishment” can extend to legal persons, i.e., corporations. How the court addresses this issue will be consequential. The court will decide whether

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“Put down the craft beer and back away!”

“Put down the craft beer and back away!”

Dec 16 2019

Bizarre restrictions on consumers and businesses are evident around the world. Why are we surprised that it’s happening here in Canada too? Example? Laws prevent you from doing business or working in the same sectors in other provinces. And Canadians can’t trade freely in our own country. Canadians can’t even

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Save Canadian healthcare. Help Canadians have their right to choose not to wait recognized.

Save Canadian healthcare. Help Canadians have their right to choose not to wait recognized.

Dec 16 2019

Our healthcare system is the pride of Canadians, coast to coast to coast—until they need it. Backlogs and a lack of space has us waiting sometimes for years for basic treatments. However, it’s illegal for most Canadians to purchase care when the wait’s too long. Example? Walid Khalfallah of BC

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Is your right to speak out less valid than anyone else’s?

Is your right to speak out less valid than anyone else’s?

Dec 16 2019

Attacks on free speech are happening all around the world. Many Canadians will be surprised to find out it’s happening here too! Example? The fining of Carolyn Strom who spoke out against the quality of healthcare her grandfather was receiving in Saskatchewan. Or the arrest of Randy Fleming in Ontario.

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Internal Trade Provincial Leadership Index

Internal Trade Provincial Leadership Index

Nov 14 2019

While Canada continues to negotiate free trade agreements with numerous countries, the provinces continue to maintain obstacles to trade within our own borders. The Montreal Economic Institute and the CCF have listed the provinces from best to worst in a ranking of their openness to internal trade. Executive Summary Canada

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