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Articles | October 2, 2015
When Getting to Court Takes Too Long: R v MacPherson

Category: The Charter, Legal Rights (Sections 7-14)

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction When a person is accused of a crime, section 11(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects his or her right to a trial within

Articles | September 28, 2015
Updated – Unveiling Religious Freedom: The Niqab at the Citizenship Ceremony

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2)

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction The final step to become a Canadian citizen is the oath of citizenship. Citizenship and Immigration Canada requires citizenship candidates to remove full or partial face coverings

Articles | August 7, 2015
Unveiling Religious Freedom: The Niqab at the Citizenship Ceremony

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2)

Introduction The final step in becoming a Canadian citizen is the oath of citizenship. Citizenship and Immigration Canada requires citizenship candidates to remove full or partial face coverings while taking the oath. Zunera Ishaq is devout Muslim who wears a

Articles | August 7, 2015
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, No Aboriginals Necessary: The Case of R v Kokopenace

Category: The Charter, Legal Rights (Sections 7-14)

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction The right to be tried by a jury of one’s peers stretches back to the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215. The right is essential to

Articles | August 7, 2015
A Constitutional Right to Experimental Drugs?

Category: The Charter, Legal Rights (Sections 7-14)

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction Should experimental drugs for the very ill be made more widely available in Canada? According to the Globe and Mail, experimental drug use is one of the

Articles | July 30, 2015
The Price of Freedom: Is the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015 (Bill C-51) Constitutional?

Category: The Charter, Legal Rights (Sections 7-14)

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction The Anti-terrorism Act, 2015 (formerly Bill C-51) came into force June 18, 2015. It was introduced as an omnibus bill. This means it changed existing laws, as

Articles | July 20, 2015
Are Cellphone Searches and Seizures by Police Upon Arrest Charter-Protected?

Category: The Charter, Legal Rights (Sections 7-14)

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction In R v Fearon, the Supreme Court of Canada considered when a cellphone search by police upon arrest breaches the section 8 Charter right against unreasonable search

Articles | July 7, 2015
Is Physician-Assisted Death Constitutional?

Category: The Charter, Legal Rights (Sections 7-14)

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction The Criminal Code forbids helping a person commit suicide. The recent case of Carter v Canada (Attorney General) is important because it considers whether the Charter of

Articles | July 6, 2015
Cruel and Unusual Sentencing: Mandatory Minimums

Category: The Charter, Legal Rights (Sections 7-14)

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction According to the Supreme Court of Canada, gun-related crime poses grave danger to Canadians, and the court believes the federal government has imposed clear restrictions and severe

Articles | June 26, 2015
Find Another Doctor: The Right to Refuse Making a Medical Referral

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2)

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction How can our courts strike a balance between the right to access medical services and a physician’s right to refuse providing those services on religious grounds? The

Articles | June 26, 2015
$150 in the Swear Jar and No @#$%&! Parties: Alberta Bylaw Prohibits Swearing, Restricts Groups

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2)

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction The Town of Taber recently passed a bylaw that has garnered national attention for restricting swearing and gathering in groups over three, among other things. This article

Articles | June 19, 2015
Policing the Internet: Should Insulting Police Officers Online be Prohibited?

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2)

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction In May 2015, the municipal council in Granby, Quebec passed a bylaw (Article 17) that imposes a fine on residents who use the Internet or social media

Articles | June 19, 2015
Are Canada’s ‘Official Languages’ Still Relevant in Canada Today?

Category: The Charter, Official Languages of Canada (Sections 16-22)

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction Language is more than just a communication tool. While speech is indeed a means to exchange thoughts, it is also deeply tied to concepts of identity, culture,

Articles | June 19, 2015
Are Canada’s ‘Official Languages’ Still Relevant in Canada Today? (2)

Category: The Charter, Minority Language Education Rights (Section 23)

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Are Canada’s ‘Official Languages’ Still Relevant in Canada Today? Introduction Language is more than just a communication tool. While speech is indeed a means to exchange thoughts, it

Articles | June 17, 2015
The State Must Be Neutral: The Saguenay Case

Category: The Charter, Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2)

This article was written by a law student for the general public. Introduction The separation between church and state is an important issue for every democracy. To what extent can democratic institutions engage in some form of religious observance, if

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