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Articles | Russell Green, Student Researcher | March 30, 2020
Travel Restrictions in a Pandemic: What are your Charter Rights?

Category: Mobility Rights (Section 6), Pandemic

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].[1] 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.

Downtown Charter Series | March 30, 2020
Do Corporations Have Charter Rights?

Category: Legal Rights (Sections 7-14), Videos, Downtown Charter Series

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.

Interviews | March 29, 2020
Interview with Peter Hogg, January 31, 2018

Category: Podcasts, Interviews

Professor Peter Carver interviews Professor Peter Hogg – now available on our SoundCloud page.

Supreme Law | March 28, 2020
Supreme Law – Prime Minister

Category: Projects, Supreme Law

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/

Supreme Law | March 28, 2020
Supreme Law – Indigenous

Category: Projects, Supreme Law

Trailer Indigenous Perspectives on the Constitution https://supremelaw.nfb.ca/deepdives/indigenious-perspectives-on-the-constitution/

Supreme Law | March 28, 2020
Supreme Law – Québec

Category: Projects, Supreme Law

Trailer Québec Betrayed? https://supremelaw.nfb.ca/deepdives/quebec-betrayed/

Supreme Law | March 28, 2020
Supreme Law – West

Category: Projects, Supreme Law

Trailer Provinces Protest https://supremelaw.nfb.ca/deepdives/provinces-protest/

Supreme Law | March 28, 2020
Supreme Law – Women

Category: Projects, Supreme Law

Trailer Women Demand Equality https://supremelaw.nfb.ca/deepdives/women-demand-equality/

Downtown Charter Series | March 11, 2020
The Charter and the Environment

Category: Videos, Downtown Charter Series

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.

Downtown Charter Series | February 7, 2020
What’s the Government’s Duty to Consult Indigenous Peoples?

Category: Videos, Downtown Charter Series

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
The Principles of Fundamental Justice: What are they Anyway?

Category: Videos, Downtown Charter Series

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 […]

Constitutional Forum | November 6, 2019
Volume 28.4 (2019)

Publication: Constitutional Forum
Category: Forum

SPECIAL ISSUE – Notwithstanding Clause. This issue includes articles on paradigm shifts, populism, and gender equality as it relates to Section 33 of Charter.

Speakers and Panels | September 26, 2019
Schrodingers Senate: Experiments in Constitutional Reform

Category: Videos, Speakers and Panels

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.

Downtown Charter Series | September 19, 2019
Is the Charter Protection of the Right to Counsel Too Limited?

Category: Videos, Downtown Charter Series

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.

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