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Unconstitutional travel bans are causing real harm

Unconstitutional travel bans are causing real harm

Jun 11 2020

This article by CCF Executive Director Joanna Baron was originally published in the National Post. While the urge to close down some provincial borders to stop the spread of COVID-19 is understandable, such restrictions on the free movement of Canadians are draconian and arguably unconstitutional, and they are causing real

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Are mandatory masks constitutional? Most likely yes, but with limits

Are mandatory masks constitutional? Most likely yes, but with limits

Jun 10 2020

Public health officials and politicians across Canada have been strongly encouraging people to wear cloth face-coverings in places where it’s not possible to maintain two metres of physical distance. The goal is to slow the spread of Covid-19. Many believe that strong encouragement isn’t enough. Some argue that Canada should

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An Alberta man was arrested for protesting Covid-19. Can they do that?

An Alberta man was arrested for protesting Covid-19. Can they do that?

Jun 02 2020

Cody Haller, an Alberta oilsands workers, is skeptical of his government’s response to Covid-19. He worries that prolonged shutdowns of businesses are doing unnecessary damage to the province’s already ailing economy. To make his views known, Haller got up early on May 10 and went to a plaza outside the

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Prof. Ryan Alford on the limits of the Charter in protecting rights during a crisis

Prof. Ryan Alford on the limits of the Charter in protecting rights during a crisis

Jun 01 2020

The following is an abridged and adapted version of the comments Prof. Ryan Alford made during the CCF’s Digital Town Hall meeting held on May 26, 2020. The full clip can be viewed here. Prof. Alford’s new book “Seven Absolute Rights: Recovering the Historical Foundations of Canada’s Rule of Law”

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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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