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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

Articles | July 20, 2015
Are Cellphone Searches and Seizures by Police Upon Arrest Charter-Protected?

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

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction In R v Fearon, the Supreme Court of Canada considered when a cellphone search by police upon arrest breaches the section 8 Charter right against unreasonable search

Articles | July 7, 2015
Is Physician-Assisted Death Constitutional?

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

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction The Criminal Code forbids helping a person commit suicide. The recent case of Carter v Canada (Attorney General) is important because it considers whether the Charter of

Articles | July 6, 2015
Cruel and Unusual Sentencing: Mandatory Minimums

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

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction According to the Supreme Court of Canada, gun-related crime poses grave danger to Canadians, and the court believes the federal government has imposed clear restrictions and severe

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 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 24, 2015
Hamilton Tries to Push the Envelope by Regulating Mailbox Placement

Category: Federalism

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Canada Post v City of Hamilton, 2015 ONSC 3615 Introduction: Our Constitution splits up powers and responsibilities between the federal and provincial governments.[1] The federal government is in

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 19, 2015
Are Canada’s ‘Official Languages’ Still Relevant in Canada Today?

Category: The Charter, Official Languages of Canada (Sections 16-22)

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction Language is more than just a communication tool. While speech is indeed a means to exchange thoughts, it is also deeply tied to concepts of identity, culture,

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 | 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 | June 17, 2015
Senate Reform Update

Category: Democratic Governance

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Recent events have sparked interest in Senate reform: Suspended Senators Mike Duffy trial, including residency and expense scandals Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s removal of Senator’s from party caucus

Articles | June 16, 2015
To Smoke or Not to Smoke, That is the Question.

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

Introduction: Requiring medical marijuana to be in a dried form is unconstitutional because it violates section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and cannot be justified. Medical marijuana is now legal in all forms, such as edibles and

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