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Articles | Teresa Holmes, Student Researcher | September 2, 2020
Pouvez-vous dire violation de la Charte? Minority Language Education Rights in Canada

Category: The Charter, Minority Language Education Rights (Section 23)

How does the Charter of Rights and Freedoms regulate provincial governments’ funding decisions with respect to minority language schools? In a recent decision, Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique v. […]

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Positive and Negative Rights

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2), Equality Rights (Section 15), Minority Language Education Rights (Section 23)

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 government must not do. This distinction is described by the

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Bill 101

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2), Minority Language Education Rights (Section 23)

This article was written by a law student for the general public. The Charter of the French Language (S.Q. 1977, c. 5), an important statute adopted by the Quebec National Assembly in 1977, is popularly known as ‘Bill 101’ from its designation

Articles | June 19, 2015
Are Canada’s ‘Official Languages’ Still Relevant in Canada Today? (2)

Category: The Charter, Minority Language Education Rights (Section 23)

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Are Canada’s ‘Official Languages’ Still Relevant in Canada Today? Introduction Language is more than just a communication tool. While speech is indeed a means to exchange thoughts, it

Articles | Kristen Pue | July 10, 2012
Reference re: Manitoba Language Rights

Category: The Charter, Minority Language Education Rights (Section 23)

The Reference power is a uniquely Canadian aspect of the legal system. This means that government is able to submit a “reference question” to the Supreme Court on constitutional matters that haven’t yet and may not ever become a court

Articles | Brent Thompson | June 11, 2011
The “Khadr Resolution” & the Conservative Party convention, 2011

Category: The Charter, Democratic Rights (Sections 3-5), Mobility Rights (Section 6), Legal Rights (Sections 7-14), Minority Language Education Rights (Section 23)

During the lead-up to the 2011 Conservative Party convention in Ottawa, media attention turned to a proposal termed by some as the “Khadr Resolution”.[1] The resolution was inspired by the case of Omar Khadr, a young Canadian citizen who fought alongside

Articles | Natasha Dubé | March 26, 2009
Language Rights in Alberta — R. v. Caron

Category: The Charter, Minority Language Education Rights (Section 23)

On December 4, 2003, Gilles Caron was charged with making an unsafe left turn. While paying the traffic ticket would have cost him well under $100, Caron sought to challenge the ticket on the basis that the legislation authorizing the

Articles | Natasha Dubé | February 17, 2009
Important Minority Language Rights Victory at the SCC

Category: The Charter, Minority Language Education Rights (Section 23)

In the recent case of DesRochers v. Canada (Industry),[1]  the Supreme Court of Canada ruled unanimously against a Franco-Ontarian who requested a declaration that “the federal government failed the French-speaking minority in the North Simcoe area by offering an economic development program

Articles | Alex Bailey | February 7, 2009
Alberta Court of Appeal Awards Costs in Caron Case

Category: The Charter, Minority Language Education Rights (Section 23)

On January 30, 2009, in R. v. Caron,[1] the Alberta Court of Appeal affirmed the Court of Queen’s Bench decision to award costs to Gilles Caron for the legal fees he incurred in preparing his defence to an alleged violation of section

Articles | Natasha Dubé | August 1, 2008
Minority Language Rights in Canada

Category: The Charter, Minority Language Education Rights (Section 23)

The importance of language rights is grounded in the essential role that language plays in human existence, development and dignity. It is through language that we are able to form concepts; to structure and order the world around us. Language

Articles | Natasha Dubé | July 22, 2008
Court Challenges Program Makes Partial Comeback

Category: The Charter, Official Languages of Canada (Sections 16-22), Minority Language Education Rights (Section 23)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has decided to restore parts of the court challenges program, eighteen months after the Conservative government originally scrapped it. [1] The new “Program to Support Linguistic Rights” will help Anglophones in Quebec and Francophones in the rest of

Articles | Mick Wall | January 16, 2008
The Quebec debate on reasonable accomodation: Politicians propose amendments to the Quebec Charter and a new constitution for Quebec

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2), Equality Rights (Section 15), Minority Language Education Rights (Section 23)

Although section 27 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the Charter) officially recognizes Canada as a multicultural nation, Canadians continually debate just how far traditional Canadian institutions and culture should adjust to accommodate religious and cultural minorities. Over the past two years, several

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