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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

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 independent, separate, and expected to work exclusively on their constitutionally

Articles | May 28, 2015
Freedom of Peaceful Assembly

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2)

This article was written by a law student for the general public. SECTION 2(C): FREEDOM OF PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY Section 2(c) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the freedom of “peaceful assembly.”[1] It is one of the fundamental freedoms

Articles | May 28, 2015
Dialogue Theory

Category: Democratic Governance

This article was written by a political sciences student for the general public. What is ‘’? ‘Dialogue theory’ is a particular thesis that describes the relationship between the legislative and judicial branches of government. Put most simply, it is the

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