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Articles | Natasha Dubé | February 17, 2009
Landmark Ruling for the Parental Rights of Known Sperm Donors

Category: The Charter, Equality Rights (Section 15)

A recent Ontario ruling, C.(M.A.) v. K.(M.),[1] pitted the parental rights of a lesbian couple against a gay man who was also the sperm donor. Justice Marion Cohen sided with the father, […]

Articles | Brandon Mewhort | February 9, 2009
University of Calgary Pro-Life Student Group Charged with Trespassing

Category: The Charter

Students at the University of Calgary have been charged with trespassing after refusing to leave campus during an antiabortion protest.[1]University of Calgary Campus Pro-Life, a student group with about 30 […]

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 […]

Articles | Erin Jackson | February 6, 2009
Métis Harvesting in Alberta

Category: Aboriginal Rights

In the 2003 R. v. Powley[1]decision, the Supreme Court of Canada recognized for the first time that the Métis have an Aboriginal right to hunt for food under section 35(1) of […]

Articles | Brandon Mewhort | February 6, 2009
Edmonton Plans to Deal with Aggressive Panhandlers

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2), Legal Rights (Sections 7-14), Equality Rights (Section 15)

Edmonton has begun looking for ways to deal with aggressive panhandlers in public places. The Edmonton Police Service is most concerned with a group of 20 or 30 panhandlers who […]

Articles | Chris Younker | February 5, 2009
Constitutionality of Child-Sex Tourism Law in Canada

Category: The Charter, Legal Rights (Sections 7-14), Equality Rights (Section 15)

In the recent case of R. v. Klassen, the B.C. Supreme Court upheld the constitutional validity of child-sex tourism charges laid against Canadians who commit illegal acts while overseas.[1] The first case […]

Articles | Greg Clarke | February 4, 2009
NL MPs vote against Equalization changes

Category: Federalism

The Conservative government’s 2009 budget plan was passed in the House of Commons last night with a vote of 211 to 91, bringing a more-or-less official end to the 2008 […]

Articles | Brandon Mewhort | February 2, 2009
Montreal Considers a Bylaw Prohibiting Insults to Police

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2)

Montreal is considering a new bylaw that would make it illegal to insult police officers while on duty.[1] The Montreal Police Brotherhood has been seeking such a bylaw since 2003; however, […]

Articles | Greg Clarke | January 28, 2009
Ignatieff and Budget 2009

Category: Democratic Governance

Ending weeks of speculation regarding whether or not the Liberal Party would support the Conservative government’s 2009-10 budget, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff announced today that he will propose an amendment […]

Articles | Matthew Hennigar | January 12, 2009
British Columbia Puts Religious Freedom and Polygamy to the Test

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2)

On January 8, British Columbia Attorney General Wally Oppal finally put an end to decades of what had become a mockery of the rule of law, when he decided to […]

Articles | Alex Bailey | January 10, 2009
The Constitutional Status of Polygamy in Canada

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2)

A special prosecutor for the government of British Columbia has charged Warren Blackmore and James Oler, leaders of the fundamentalist Mormon community in Bountiful B.C., with polygamy under section 293 […]

Articles | Greg Clarke | December 12, 2008
Harper to Fill Senate Vacancies

Category: Democratic Governance

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has promised to appoint Conservatives to fill all remaining Senatevacancies before Christmas 2008. The prime minister had not been filling Senate seats as retiring senators vacated them. To do so would have contradicted the federal government’s proposed legislation, designed to implement the Conservative […]

Articles | Terry Romaniuk | December 11, 2008
Supreme Court Strikes Down Portions of Employment Insurance Act

Category: Federalism

The Supreme Court of Canada (S.C.C.) has ruled that two sections of the Employment Insurance Act in force in 2001, 2002, and 2005, respectively, are unconstitutional.[1] In Confédération des syndicats nationaux v. Canada (Attorney […]

Articles | Alex Bailey | December 8, 2008
The Oilpatch, the Environment, and Constitutional Jurisdiction

Category: Federalism

Concern over the environmental impact of the Alberta oil sands has led to talks of trade bans in the United States, to attempts to place limits on bitumen exports by […]

Articles | Terry Romaniuk | December 2, 2008
National Press Celebrates the Prospect of Police Investigations

Category: Human Rights

Promoting hatred is a criminal offence under the hate propaganda sections of Canada’s Criminal Code (318 through 320.1).[1] Allegations made under those sections are investigated by police officers and prosecuted by Crown […]

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