In February 2020, amidst protests across the country interfering with railways and pipeline construction, the Government of Alberta introduced the Critical Infrastructure Defence Act. More commonly known as Bill 1, it outlaws interference with “essential infrastructure”. Several commentators oppose the Bill, arguing it violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. A group of professors from the University of Calgary called on the Government to recognize “that Bill 1 violates the Charter”. This article will summarise the Bill and analyze some of the key ways in which it may violate the Charter.
This article was written by a law student for the general public. Some constitutional rights outline the activities that the government must do, while other constitutional rights outline the activities that the […]
The equal rights guarantee under section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is an inclusive one, in the sense that equality is guaranteed not only on the enumerated grounds […]
15 (1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without […]
Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states: (1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit […]
Introduction Students aged 13 to 17 will soon have to accept a lower minimum wage than the rest of Alberta workers. The Government of Alberta recently amended the Alberta Employment Standards […]
Introduction There are increasing calls on the Canadian government to suspend, and then end the Safe Third Country Agreement between Canada and the United States. These calls have been prompted by recent […]
On May 10, 2018, the Supreme Court released two decisions about challenges to pay equity laws in Quebec. Several unions challenged two provisions in the pay equity laws claiming they violated equality […]
There is nothing like sex and religion to ignite a heated debate. Once again, such a debate has found its way to the courtroom and is scheduled to be heard […]
What happens when two rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, such as equality rights and the freedom of religion, come into conflict with each […]
The lyrics to “O Canada” are considered by some to be immutable, an integral part of Canadian identity. Yet throughout their history they have not been spared from significant amendment. […]
Question and answer with Delwin Vriend, Barbara Findlay QC, and Dr. Kris Wells.
Dr. Kris Wells of the Institute for Minority Studies and Services speaks about sexual minority rights in education.
Barbara findlay QC discusses the hard road to equality in Canada.
Delwin Vriend reflects on his landmark case (Vriend v Alberta) which resulted in inclusion of sexual orientation as a protected ground in Alberta’s Human Rights Legislation.