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Articles | Daina Young | May 31, 2007
Prohibitions on Panhandling Engage Charter Rights

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

Earlier this year the Ontario Court of Appeal examined the constitutionality of s. 3(2)(f) of the province’s Safe Street Act, which prohibits the solicitation of a person in a stopped or parked motor vehicle. Eleven individuals faced charges arising from various

Articles | Martha Peden | May 30, 2007
Freedom of Expression and Adult Entertainment

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

On May 24, 2007, the Ontario Court of Appeal decided Adult Entertainment Association of Canada v. Ottawa (City) [1]. In 2001, following the amalgamation of surrounding municipalities into the City of Ottawa, the City developed a By-law targeting adult entertainment parlours (AEPs).

Articles | Martha Peden | April 30, 2007
Paying Dues to a Union that Supports Specific Social Viewpoints

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2), Legal Rights (Sections 7-14), Equality Rights (Section 15), Human Rights

A Federal Court judgment, released on March 30, 2007, has intensified the debate between minority rights and individual beliefs, labour groups and political lobbyists. Comstock v. Public Service Alliance of Canada [1], the petitioner, Susan Comstock, requested a judicial review of

Articles | Martha Peden | March 3, 2007
Government’s Use of Surveillance Cameras

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2), Mobility Rights (Section 6), Legal Rights (Sections 7-14)

“Always under surveillance. You can’t go far in Toronto without being seen on camera”[1] Toronto police have installed surveillance cameras in areas of the city to deter and fight crime as part of a $2 million pilot project. There has

Articles | March 1, 2007
Freedom of Expression and the East Coast Seal Hunt

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2)

The East Coast seal hunt is expected to begin in early March. Journalists and animal rights activists gather from around the world to observe and protest the hunt. Fisheries and Oceans Canada has […]

Articles | Graham Darling | February 1, 2007
Little Sisters Refused Advance Costs to Battle Canada Customs

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2), Equality Rights (Section 15)

For the past 12 years, Little Sisters Book and Art Emporium (Little Sisters) has been in a legal battle with Canada Customs (Customs) over their right to import material for the gay and lesbian […]

Articles | Graham Darling | January 1, 2007
Municipalities Asked to Stop Praying

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2)

Municipal councils have different approaches regarding the customs and conduct of their meetings. Specifically, while some open meetings with the Lord’s Prayer, others say a non-denominational prayer, have a moment of silent […]

Articles | Wendy Tso | December 1, 2006
Public behaviour bylaw passes despite Charter issues

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2), Legal Rights (Sections 7-14), Equality Rights (Section 15)

A controversial public behavior bylaw was passed in Calgary, on November 20, 2006. The bylaw now makes it illegal to urinate, defecate, and spit in public, and targets loitering, spitting, […]

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