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Articles | Matthew Schneider | June 1, 2016
Removal of Objections to UNDRIP: Repercussions at Home and Abroad

Category: Aboriginal Rights

  On Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Canada removed its objections to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).[1] UNDRIP may significantly alter the legal framework of Aboriginal rights and title in Canada, but this continues to

Articles | Juliana Ho | February 16, 2016
Right Not to Face Cruel and Unusual Punishment

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

Introduction Section 12 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects against “any cruel and unusual treatment or punishment.” Like other Charter rights, section 12 can only be triggered by government action. For example, a parent using corrective force

Articles | November 24, 2015
Part I: What is Magna Carta?

Category: Democratic Governance

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction 2015 is the 800-year anniversary of Magna Carta, a medieval agreement that limited the English king’s power. It has been popularly thought of as a symbol of

Articles | November 23, 2015
Part II: Magna Carta and Canada’s Constitution

Category: Democratic Governance

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction Magna Carta is not formally part of Canada’s Constitution, but it played an important role in its creation. Concepts such as the rule of law and many

Articles | October 27, 2015
Trinity Western University v. Ontario and Nova Scotia

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2)

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects some of our basic human rights. However, those rights can sometimes conflict with one another. While one group might

Articles | October 6, 2015
Let It Go – The Charter and the Right to Be Frozen

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

This article was written by law students for the general public. What’s the Issue? Cryonics is a method of preserving dead bodies. The process uses low temperatures to avoid decomposition. This allows people to have their bodies frozen after death,

Articles | October 2, 2015
When Getting to Court Takes Too Long: R v MacPherson

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

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction When a person is accused of a crime, section 11(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects his or her right to a trial within

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 | September 15, 2015
How Fair is the Fair Elections Act? Voter ID Rules

Category: Democratic Governance

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction The right to vote is essential to a democracy. That is because the people need to be in charge of selecting who will govern them. However, every

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 | August 7, 2015
Public Access – B.C. Court Hearing Fees Declared Unconstitutional

Category: Federalism

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction British Columbians used to pay court hearing fees based on how long their trial took. B.C. was the only province with such considerable fees.[1] On October 2,

Articles | August 7, 2015
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, No Aboriginals Necessary: The Case of R v Kokopenace

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

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction The right to be tried by a jury of one’s peers stretches back to the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215. The right is essential to

Articles | August 7, 2015
A Constitutional Right to Experimental Drugs?

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

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction Should experimental drugs for the very ill be made more widely available in Canada? According to the Globe and Mail, experimental drug use is one of the

Articles | July 30, 2015
The Price of Freedom: Is the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015 (Bill C-51) Constitutional?

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

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction The Anti-terrorism Act, 2015 (formerly Bill C-51) came into force June 18, 2015. It was introduced as an omnibus bill. This means it changed existing laws, as

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