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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Articles | May 28, 2015
Watertight Compartments

Category: Federalism

‘Watertight compartments’ is an expression used to describe a particular vision of federalism. Also known as ‘classic’ federalism, this model is a strict understanding of the division of powers. Governments are […]

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