Marni Soupcoff
Marni Soupcoff is Executive Director of the Canadian Constitution Foundation. Her writing appears in the National Post and here at the Huffington Post Canada. She is also a regular contributor to Regulation magazine. Her work has previously appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Post, the Stanford Journal of International Law and other publications.

Marni is a fourth generation Torontonian, but spent nine years in the United States, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the Johns Hopkins University in 1997 and received her law degree from Stanford University in 2000. Before moving back to Toronto, Marni worked as a lawyer with the Institute for Justice, where she litigated economic liberty and property rights cases. She has been a member of the District of Columbia bar since 2000.

Entries by Marni Soupcoff

'Elephant Song' Review: Dolan Disappoints, but Greenwood Awes

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 5:09 PM

Audiences love watching psychological duels between manipulative madmen and sober, but vulnerable, authority figures, don't they? Why else were viewers so captivated with "The Silence of the Lambs" or Season 3 of HBO's "In Treatment"? Okay, so maybe the former was far more widely popular than the latter, but what...

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Cab Companies Cry Foul on Uber Instead of Stepping Up Their Service

(2) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 3:18 PM

When I first heard about Uber, Lyft, and other creative new ridesharing and car-hire companies, I felt sure they would be characterized as a bad idea by those enjoying the benefits of the current taxi cartel. It turns out that was an underestimation of the depths of both the taxi...

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The Week In Review: My Oscar Pick Is Rob Ford

(3) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 12:24 AM

Tonight's Academy Awards ceremony marks the end of a week of predictions about which films will take home a coveted Oscar. When HuffPost's Entertainment Editor Chris Jancelewicz recently tapped 12 Years a Slave as the most likely best picture winner, I kept thinking back to HuffPost blogger Stuart...

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The Week In Review: Government Should Never Come Between Beer and a Hockey Fan

(3) Comments | Posted February 23, 2014 | 6:32 AM

This week, most Canadians who wanted to be sitting in a cozy pub or friendly bar to watch Sunday's gold medal hockey game were in luck. Authorities in jurisdictions across the country allowed bars to extend their hours and serve liquor beyond normal times in order to accommodate...

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The Week in Review: A Second-Best Tribute to First-Rate Sarah Burke

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2014 | 2:03 PM

On Saturday, late Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke was honoured as part of National Flag of Canada Day. On the positive side, this was a lovely way to recognize the inspiring young athlete, who died in a training accident two years ago. Burke's family received the...

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Being Polished, Being Plain, and Being OK With Both

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 12:32 PM

When I was home with my family this weekend, I felt drowsy, dozy and lazy. If I hadn't had to take my son to a birthday party on Saturday, I'd barely have left the house or gotten out of my pyjamas.

When I got a last-minute call from a TV...

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The Week in Review: Could We Have Saved Philip Seymour Hoffman?

(8) Comments | Posted February 8, 2014 | 10:46 PM

This week we learned of the sudden death of masterful actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in what appears to have been a heroin overdose. The loss of the exceptionally talented artist, who was also the father of three young children, is utterly heartbreaking. But given that Hoffman's death looks,...

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I'll Never Grow Out of Being a Teacher-Seeker

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 2:44 PM

I am always looking for teachers. In fact, given the amount of time I spend seeking teachers, you'd think I was one of those people who wanted to stay in school forever. I didn't.

I try to find teachers not because I miss school, which I do only once in...

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The Week In Review: Keystone's Safe, But It'll Still Have to Wait

(12) Comments | Posted February 2, 2014 | 1:38 AM

This week, the U.S. State Department gave the Keystone XL pipeline an environmental thumbs up. In its latest report on the project, issued Friday, the department stated that Keystone wouldn't have a significant environmental impact and wouldn't create unacceptable levels of greenhouse gases. To the contrary, the report...

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The Week In Review: The Mac Turns 30

(3) Comments | Posted January 26, 2014 | 8:38 AM

This week, the Macintosh computer turned 30. (It's an easy milestone for me to remember because the Mac and I share a birthday.) As someone who plugged away on a boxy little Mac SE from high school all the way through university, I can't help but feel a...

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A Letter to My Children

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 1:46 PM

What follows is a letter to my six-year-old son, P.J., and my twin two-year-old daughters, Alex and Sam.

Dear P.J., Alex and Sam,

I don't know what kind of people you will become. In fact, you don't always let me in on what kind of people you are now. If...

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The Week In Review: When Rights Collide, Seek Common Sense

(13) Comments | Posted January 19, 2014 | 7:07 AM

This week, the debate over religious accommodation in Canada continued. York University Professor J. Paul Grayson -- who helped bring the issue to the fore when he declined his student's request to be excused on religious grounds from working with women in the class -- wrote a piece...

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The Week In Review: Putin's PR Problem

(4) Comments | Posted January 11, 2014 | 8:07 PM

Vladimir Putin has been taking great pains lately to make Russia look as stable, reasonable and welcoming as possible in anticipation of the Sochi Olympics next month. But the Russian Orthodox Church isn't exactly helping the cause. While Mr. Putin has offered assurances that gay athletes and spectators...

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Don't Overgeneralize About Global Warming

(7) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 11:03 AM

I am not an expert on climatology. But I know enough to know that no one climate event is enough to prove or disprove a theory on global warming or climate change.

It therefore made little sense for Calgary city councillor Sean Chu to imply on Twitter that...

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The Week In Review: Toronto's Trees Don't Need the Army, They Need Less Red Tape

(7) Comments | Posted January 5, 2014 | 1:40 AM

With Toronto's ice storm now past, the city is turning its attention to cleaning up fallen branches and taking care of damaged trees -- a process that we're told will cost $75-million. About $25-million of that money will be spent on picking up the debris, with the rest...

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The Week In Review: Top Blogs of 2013

(2) Comments | Posted December 29, 2013 | 8:35 AM

Between Christmas and New Year's Eve, many things typically happen. We take frequent naps. We watch excessive amounts of T.V. We consume large quantities of chocolate and cookies. And then we set resolutions for the coming year about being more active, cutting our screen time and consuming less chocolate and...

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The Week In Review: How the Government Can Fix Canada's Prostitution Laws

(13) Comments | Posted December 22, 2013 | 8:17 AM

This week the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the country's prostitution laws. In a unanimous decision, the court held that all three of Canada's prostitution-related prohibitions -- including the law against soliciting sex in public -- violate the constitutional right to life, liberty and security of the...

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On Writing Your Heart Out

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 9:26 AM

I'm not a good negotiator. If you know me, you know it's true. I back down easily.

If you tell me something I've done is mediocre, or even lacking, I'm unlikely to argue. And I will probably believe you even if I've previously been on the fence. But something strange...

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The Week In Review: Daniel Dale Shouldn't Be Covering Rob Ford

(18) Comments | Posted December 14, 2013 | 7:18 PM

This week Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale started legal action against Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. At issue are comments Ford made about Dale in two separate media interviews. "I believe it's clear to any reasonable person that [Ford] was insinuating that I'm a pedophile or some sort of...

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The 5 Most Frustrating Things About Turning 40

(2) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 9:53 AM

I'm turning 40 in a little more than a month. As this milestone has loomed, I've told myself many times that it's not a big deal. Given how long women are now living in this country, 40 is not even middle age! (Except that if you look at StatsCan tables...

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