Karen Selick
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Karen Selick is the Litigation Director for the Canadian Constitution Foundation. She got her law degree at the University of Toronto in 1976, and was in private practice as a lawyer until 2009. She has written widely about legal issues from a libertarian perspective. She has been a columnist for The Lawyers Weekly and Canadian Lawyer magazine. Her work has also appeared in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Readers’ Digest, The Freeman, and many other newspapers and magazines. Originally from Toronto, she now resides in rural eastern Ontario.

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Mr. Harper, Call Off CRA's Attack Dogs and Start Treating Taxpayers With Care

(10) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 5:39 PM

An Open Letter to Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada

Dear Stephen,

Please cast your mind back to the summer of 2001. You were the president of the National Citizens' Coalition. I was a lawyer in private practice. The two of us, together with the head of a...

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Canada's Labour Laws Have No Place In a Free Society

(120) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 8:08 AM

Canada's labour laws have been upside-down for decades. For the sake of "labour peace", parliament and the provincial legislatures have granted to unions a battery of privileges that should have no place in a free society. Among other things, unions have the state-granted power to interpose themselves between individual workers...

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Stop the CRA Bullies From Ruining Canadian Lives

(14) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 5:23 PM

In a recent interview with Legal Feeds, an online legal magazine, Justice Minister and Attorney General Peter MacKay said that he would like to "reduce the number of civil cases in which the government is in conflict with the people of Canada."

"There's a lot of value added...

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You Don't Fight Nazis by Becoming a Nazi Yourself

(26) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 12:13 PM

Why is it so difficult for people to understand that you don't fight Nazism by becoming a Nazi yourself?

One of the crimes that the Nazis committed against European Jews in the 1930s and '40s was to legalize, or at least facilitate, the theft of Jewish property, merely because it...

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Do Unions Trump Your Right To Privacy?

(66) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 5:05 PM

As someone who regularly deals with contentious issues, I prefer to keep my address and telephone number unlisted. I don't want to pick up my home phone, or answer a knock at my door, and find one of the people who send me nasty e-mails ranting at me in person....

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Let the Teens Tan

(53) Comments | Posted February 24, 2013 | 6:10 AM

Should tanning salons be legally permitted to provide services to children and teenagers? Many people think they shouldn't -- but I say those people need to think twice.

Oakville, Ont., for instance, recently enacted a municipal by-law prohibiting the commercial tanning of anyone under age 18. Nova Scotia and...

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The Canadian Man Charged for Defending Himself

(93) Comments | Posted January 4, 2013 | 4:48 PM

When Ian Thomson moved into his home in rural Port Colborne, Ontario, he quickly learned that he had the proverbial "neighbour from hell," a man with a long criminal record and considerable jail time in his past. Thomson had to call the police on numerous occasions when articles of his...

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"Conflicting Rights" Implies a Phony Right

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 11:28 PM

A spokesman for the Ontario Human Rights Commission has finally admitted what was obvious to any thinking person from the very inception of the Human Rights Code: namely, that the code would eventually start generating numerous problems over so-called "conflicting rights." The admission can be found in this Toronto Star...

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Higher Courtroom Security Won't Protect Against Injustice

(6) Comments | Posted February 18, 2012 | 10:43 AM

I happened to catch a few moments of SunNews TV the day that the Kingston, Ontario courthouse was shut down due to a bomb threat during the Shafia trial. The reporter was marveling over the low level of security he had observed at that courthouse up until then....

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