The COVID-19 pandemic has modern Canada facing unprecedented challenges. The severity of the crisis has led governments to restrict personal liberties in ways that were unthinkable only a few weeks ago. One of these restrictions is the decision to place limitations on travel. The mobility rights of all Canadians are protected by section 6 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms [Charter]. Though it is an infrequently discussed section of the Charter, the protections afforded by section 6 figure prominently in this era of government-mandated travel restrictions.
Anna Lund, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta. Does a corporation have the right to be protected from ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ under section 12 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms?Assistant Professor Anna Lund discusses the Supreme Court of Canada case that was heard on January 22, 2020, on this issue. She situates the case in the longer history of Canadian cases on the Charter rights of corporations.
Professor Peter Carver interviews Professor Peter Hogg – now available on our SoundCloud page.
Trailer Cast of Characters https://supremelaw.nfb.ca/deepdives/cast-of-characters/ Showdown – The 1981 Patriation Conference https://supremelaw.nfb.ca/deepdives/showdown-the-1981-patriation-conference/
Trailer Indigenous Perspectives on the Constitution https://supremelaw.nfb.ca/deepdives/indigenious-perspectives-on-the-constitution/
Trailer Québec Betrayed? https://supremelaw.nfb.ca/deepdives/quebec-betrayed/
Trailer Provinces Protest https://supremelaw.nfb.ca/deepdives/provinces-protest/
Trailer Women Demand Equality https://supremelaw.nfb.ca/deepdives/women-demand-equality/
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Do Charter rights to life, liberty, security of the person, and equality make the government responsible for protecting Youth and Future Generations against the effects of climate change?
Associate Professor Cameron Jefferies discusses recent litigation against the federal government for its failure to sufficiently act on the climate crisis.
Professor Catherine Bell, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta, explains the duty to consult in relation to Section 35 of the Constitution Act, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and resource development in Canada.
Downtown Charter Series: November 20, 2019 Colton Fehr, sessional instructor and PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta, will tell you how the vague sounding “principles of […]
Publication: Constitutional Forum
SPECIAL ISSUE – Notwithstanding Clause. This issue includes articles on paradigm shifts, populism, and gender equality as it relates to Section 33 of Charter.
September 26, 2019, 30th Annual McDonald Lecture in Constitutional Studies
From the moment the Senate of Canada was created, 151 years ago, Canadians have been arguing over its responsibilities, its independence, and its efficacy. In 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made dramatic, fundamental changes to the way the Senate itself operates – without a constitutional amendment. Three years later, what have the results of that experiment been? And what will the coming election mean for the future of the Senate, and for its constitutional role?
The Hon. Paula Simons was born and raised in Edmonton, and attended the University of Alberta, Stanford University and the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Before joining the Senate, she spent 30 years working as a journalist – including 23 years with the Edmonton Journal, where she was an award-winning political columnist and investigative reporter.
September 19, 2019, Paul Atkinson, Public Legal Education Coordinator, Centre for Constitutional Studies, will discuss key cases that illustrate how Charter section 10(b), the right “to retain and instruct counsel without delay…”, has been applied and will challenge participants to consider whether the scope of the protection should be expanded.