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Thursday, June 17, 2021 @ 3:19 PM

Constitutional change as a result of Alberta equalization referendum unlikely, legal observers say Eric Adams, University of Alberta

Voters in Alberta will be given a chance later this year to weigh in on Canada’s system of equalization payments, but legal scholars are pouring cold water on the idea that it will bring about meaningful constitutional change. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 @ 2:08 PM

Asper Centre names new constitutional-litigator-in-residence

The Asper Centre announced that Jonathan Rudin has been selected as its new constitutional-litigator-in-residence and will be co-teaching the Asper Centre’s clinical course in the fall of 2021. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 10, 2021 @ 12:18 PM

CCLA slams Ford’s use of notwithstanding clause in response to court judgment Michael Bryant, executive director of the CCLA

The Ontario legislature will be recalled on June 10 to address a recent decision from the Superior Court of Justice which ruled sections of the Election Finances Act (EFA) infringe s. 2(b) of the Charter and therefore are of no force and effect. Ontario government house leader, Paul Calandra, issued a statement on June 9 that said following the Superior Court’s decision “the government will be recalling the Legislature” to introduce “legislation to protect the individual rights of Ontario voters and protect our elections from American-style super PACs [Political Action Committees] and their big money political influence.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 08, 2021 @ 1:38 PM

First Nations chiefs moving ahead with climate constitutional challenge despite court loss Richard Overstall

Two First Nations chiefs are forging ahead with their case claiming federal government inaction on climate change has violated their constitutional rights, appealing a recent court decision which dismissed their action as not being justiciable and that global warming was an issue best left to politicians. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 08, 2021 @ 9:50 AM

Quebec legal experts question decision striking down ISP-blocking legislation Maxime St-Hilaire, professor at the Université de Sherbrooke

A Quebec legislative provision that compelled Internet service providers to block unauthorized gaming websites has been found unconstitutional by the Quebec Court of Appeal as it infringes on areas of exclusive federal jurisdiction. Following in the footsteps of several European nations, including Cyprus, Denmark and Romania, the Quebec government amended the Consumer Protection Act (Act) in 2016 via an omnibus budget bill to introduce a provision that obliged Internet service providers (ISPs) to implement blocking measures to prohibit Quebec residents from accessing unauthorized gambling websites. ... [read more]

Friday, June 04, 2021 @ 4:10 PM

PM increases call for Catholic church to ‘step up’ in residential schools tragedy

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hinting at possible legal action as a way of forcing the Catholic church to release records that could shed light on atrocities against Indigenous children in residential schools. During a June 4 address to the nation, Trudeau was hit with multiple questions about accountability from the church. In response, he expressed disappointment that the church had not done more to account for its role in the brutal history of residential schooling in Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 01, 2021 @ 2:41 PM

Lawyer to be honoured by The Advocates’ Society

David C. Nahwegahbow of Nahwegahbow, Corbiere Genoodmagejig is the recipient of The Advocates’ Society Award of Justice. The award will be presented June 17. ... [read more]

Friday, May 28, 2021 @ 12:07 PM

Ottawa reaches $7.7-million claims settlement with B.C. First Nation Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

Ottawa will pay B.C.’s Kanaka Bar Indian Band $7.7 million in total compensation as part of a comprehensive settlement covering claims dating from 1858 to the present day, the federal government has announced. The settlement agreement “expeditiously addresses multiple historic grievances,” according to a May 27 federal government news release. It also resolves all four specific claims that Kanaka Bar Indian Band had filed with the Specific Claims Tribunal. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 20, 2021 @ 2:53 PM

Canada’s privacy commissioners issue joint statement on COVID-19 vaccine passports

Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial privacy commissioners are urging governments, health authorities and businesses across the country to fully comply with applicable privacy laws if they develop and implement controversial COVID-19 vaccine passports. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 @ 1:00 PM

‘Unprecedented’ Bill C-10 raises freedom of expression, net neutrality concerns: legal scholars Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, University of Ottawa

Despite assurances that a bill aimed at updating Canada’s broadcasting regulations to cover the Internet passes constitutional muster, legal scholars are raising concerns about the effect on freedom of expression and net neutrality after MPs voted to modify some of its language on user-generated content. ... [read more]