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Former Supreme Court justice Binnie appearing at Hot Docs on Saturday

Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 11:25 AM | By John Chunn

Former Supreme Court justice Ian Binnie will be talking and answering questions about the Charter on April 29 at the Hoc Docs festival in Toronto.  

As North America’s largest documentary film festival, conference and market, Hoc Docs decided to commemorate the country’s 150th birthday this year by commissioning six short documentaries inspired by the Charter. The films will be released as one feature called In the Name of All Canadians on June 28.

Binnie, who served on the top court from 1998 to 2011, will appear at the event co-hosted by Macleans at 1 p.m. EDT at the TIFF Bell Lightbox cultural centre in downtown Toronto.

It's the 35th anniversary of the Charter and Binnie's promising to cover a lot of ground — from police powers, to religious freedom, to unequal treatment based on sexual orientation or disabilities; from the legacy of the judges who handed down the first big Charter decisions, to the thorny matter of balancing the powers of the courts against those of legislatures.

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