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Articles | September 28, 2015
Updated – Unveiling Religious Freedom: The Niqab at the Citizenship Ceremony

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2)

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction The final step to become a Canadian citizen is the oath of citizenship. Citizenship and Immigration Canada requires citizenship candidates to remove full or partial face coverings

Articles | August 7, 2015
Unveiling Religious Freedom: The Niqab at the Citizenship Ceremony

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2)

Introduction The final step in becoming a Canadian citizen is the oath of citizenship. Citizenship and Immigration Canada requires citizenship candidates to remove full or partial face coverings while taking the oath. Zunera Ishaq is devout Muslim who wears a

Articles | June 26, 2015
$150 in the Swear Jar and No @#$%&! Parties: Alberta Bylaw Prohibits Swearing, Restricts Groups

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2)

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction The Town of Taber recently passed a bylaw that has garnered national attention for restricting swearing and gathering in groups over three, among other things. This article

Articles | June 26, 2015
Find Another Doctor: The Right to Refuse Making a Medical Referral

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2)

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction How can our courts strike a balance between the right to access medical services and a physician’s right to refuse providing those services on religious grounds? The

Articles | June 19, 2015
Policing the Internet: Should Insulting Police Officers Online be Prohibited?

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2)

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction In May 2015, the municipal council in Granby, Quebec passed a bylaw (Article 17) that imposes a fine on residents who use the Internet or social media

Articles | June 17, 2015
The State Must Be Neutral: The Saguenay Case

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2)

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction The separation between church and state is an important issue for every democracy. To what extent can democratic institutions engage in some form of religious observance, if

Articles | May 28, 2015
Freedom of Peaceful Assembly

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2)

This article was written by a law student for the general public. SECTION 2(C): FREEDOM OF PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY Section 2(c) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the freedom of “peaceful assembly.”[1] It is one of the fundamental freedoms

Articles | Christine Eberle | September 5, 2013
Stand Up for Your Rights: Protest Laws May Violate Charter Rights

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2)

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction  Protesting is a cornerstone of Canadian democracy. The mobilization and organization of large groups of people increases public awareness of political issues and influences policy decisions by

Articles | Christine Eberle | June 7, 2013
Saskatchewan (Human Rights Commission) v Whatcott (2013): Anti-Gay Flyers Violate Hate Speech Prohibitions

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2)

Introduction On February 27, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Saskatchewan’s hate speech prohibitions are constitutional.[1] Hate speech prohibitions limit freedom of expression and religion as guaranteed under section 2(b) and 2(a) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Charter),

Articles | Cara Des Granges | May 27, 2013
R v NS (2012): Niqab Rules Balance Religious Freedom and the Right to a Fair Trial

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2)

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction In R v NS,[1] decided on December 20, 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on whether a witness could be allowed to wear a niqab[2] for religious reasons while

Articles | Judy Feng | July 31, 2012
British Columbia Teachers’ Federation v British Columbia (2011) – Third Party Election Advertising limits in BC Election Campaigns

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2)

On November 11, 2011, the BC Court of Appeal ruled on third party election advertising limits in the BC Elections Act. The Court agreed that the restrictions violated section 2(b), freedom of expression rights in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. They then

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