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Articles | Spencer Millis, Student Researcher | August 10, 2020
British Columbia’s Guardian Angels… Straight from Hell? BC’s Civil Forfeiture Act Case

Category: Federalism, Constitutional Issues

Recently, the Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled that certain provisions of BC’s Civil Forfeiture Act,[1] which allows the BC government to seize property allegedly “tainted” by crime, were an […]

Articles | Case Littlewood, Student Researcher | August 6, 2020
A Fair Deal for Alberta: Are Changes to the Equalization Program Coming?

Category: Federalism, Constitutional Issues

On 17 June 2020, the Government of Alberta released the Fair Deal Panel’s report.[1] The Fair Deal Panel, created by Premier Jason Kenney, interviewed and curated responses from Albertans on […]

Articles | Case Littlewood, Student Researcher | July 17, 2020
Courts of Appeal Split on Validity of Carbon Tax

Category: Federalism, Constitutional Issues

In order to meet its obligations under the Paris Climate Change Agreement, Canada implemented the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (“GGPPA”) in 2018.[1] Colloquially known as the “carbon tax,” the […]

Articles | Teresa Holmes, Student Researcher | July 16, 2020
Containing a Virus and Government Power: Restrictions on the Federal Response to COVID-19

Category: The Charter, Federalism, Constitutional Issues

Canada’s provinces and territories have all declared states of emergency or public health emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] Declaring a state of emergency allows the government to secure […]

Articles | April 10, 2020
Emergency Powers and the Emergencies Act

Category: Federalism, Pandemic

* This article is an edited excerpt of “Climate Emergency vs Emergency Powers” by Michael Graham originally published on June 27, 2019. Emergency Branch: Peace, Order, and Good Government (“POGG”) The Constitution […]

Articles | Russell Green | August 9, 2019
The Feds and a Conversion Therapy Ban: Mixed Messages and Constitutional Challenges

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2), Legal Rights (Sections 7-14), Federalism

In 2019, the federal government has been inconsistent about a potential ban on conversion therapy even though the practice is harmful and professionally disregarded. This article will pose and attempt to answer a series of questions: What is the ‘therapy’

Articles | Russell Green | July 22, 2019
A National Pharmacare Plan Requires Cooperative Federalism

Category: Federalism

Introduction: Proposed Pharmacare Canada is the only OECD country with universal health coverage that does not include prescription drugs.[1] Canadian provinces have different regulations for prescription coverage – offering a mix of programs that subsidize drug costs, often depending on factors

Articles | Julia Amelio | July 18, 2019
Wrangling with the Law: Can Federalism Save Rodeo Animals?

Category: Federalism

Introduction The Calgary Stampede is an annual rodeo and festival held every July in Calgary, Alberta. The event hosts one of the world’s largest rodeos in which people from all over the world come to compete. However, each year a

Articles | Michael Graham | July 17, 2019
The ‘Carbon Tax’. Wait, can the feds do that?

Category: Federalism

The highest provincial courts of Saskatchewan and Ontario both found the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (“the Act”), better known as the ‘carbon tax’, constitutional. But not everyone agrees.[1] Debating the constitutionality of the ‘carbon tax’ appears to be the new national pastime.

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