Canada Charter

How Forgetting to Fill Out Paperwork Landed This Canadian in Jail

Karen Selick | Posted 11.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Karen Selick

Bruce found himself convicted of roughly two dozen counts of possessing unlicensed firearms. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail and a lifetime prohibition order from possessing firearms; therefore, he can no longer be a gunsmith. Moreover, his entire inventory of firearms and ammunition (worth roughly $116,000) was forfeited to the Crown.

The Language of Living and Dying in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Tom Koch | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Tom Koch

On October 14 Canada's Supreme Court justices will have the unenviable job of choosing between two very different ethical languages. Which is the one in which the promises and protections in Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms are best understood?

Conservative Mockery of the Charter of Rights: Let's Count the Ways

Irwin Cotler | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

This month marks the 32nd anniversary of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, a landmark achievement in the promotion and protection of human rights, and which has served as a model for other countries drafting constitutions of their own. While Canadians have occasion and cause to celebrate this transformative constitutional document, silence is to be expected from Canada's Conservative government. The government's consistent refusal to fully acknowledge the Charter's importance is regrettable not only as a matter of symbolism, but as one of substance as well.

Pictograph Epically Spoofs Quebec's Charter Of Values

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada

Don't like the Quebec Charter of Values? Then this is for you. The following infographic, which was posted to Reddit on Tuesday, was created by Jes...

Secularism and Canada's Divided Left

Jackson Doughart | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada Politics
Jackson Doughart

There are many differences between the platonic idea of secularism and the secularist statute proposed last week in Quebec. These differences will doubtless count against the Charter of Values, especially in English Canada, where a discrete conception of religious freedom and suspicions of sovereigntist motivations have elicited much scepticism.

Oath to Queen Is a Political Question, Not a Legal One

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Samuel Mosonyi

Three permanent residents in Canada recently challenged the requirement to swear an oath to the Queen in order to obtain citizenship, claiming that it...

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms Turns 31

Deborah Coyne | Posted 06.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Deborah Coyne

The Charter remains a concrete expression of our shared values, the rights we can expect to have respected, and the responsibilities we owe each other. It is a crucial part of what binds us together in our diversity. It is sad that our current government remains unable to rise above petty partisanship in order to celebrate the Charter with all Canadians.

Someone Tell the Conservatives: Our Charter's Worth Celebrating

Irwin Cotler | Posted 06.17.2013 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

As opposed to viewing the Charter as a hindrance to its legislative agenda, the government should embrace the Charter -- as have lawyers, judges, academics, and even the majority of Canadians according to public opinion polls. We should be promoting and protecting those values the document enshrines.

Show the Charter Some Respect

Irwin Cotler | Posted 05.05.2013 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

Section 4.1 of the Department of Justice Act used to be little known outside constitutional law circles, but it has recently received significant attention both in Parliament and in the media. This is a welcome development because it is this provision that requires the Government to vet its legislation for consistency with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

When Transparency Can Hurt Democracy

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 04.30.2013 | Canada Politics
Samuel Mosonyi

A Department of Justice lawyer, Edgar Schmidt, recently challenged his employer in court, alleging that the process that the Department uses to analyz...

Are the Canadian Digital Lock Rules Unconstitutional?

Michael Geist | Posted 08.27.2012 | Canada Politics
Michael Geist

The House of Commons may have passed Bill C-11, but the constitutional concerns with the copyright bill and its digital lock rules will likely linger for years. Many experts believe that the government's decision to adopt one of the most restrictive digital lock approaches in the world. And guess what? It's vulnerable to constitutional challenge.

Will Feds Stiff the Charter on its Birthday?

Irwin Cotler | Posted 06.12.2012 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

Regrettably, the 30th anniversary of any of the events in the landmark process to enshrining Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms has gone without any remark or notice from the government. Indeed, with just five days until the Charter's birthday we have yet to hear of any plans for official commemoration from the government.

How Being a Minority Taught Me Tolerance

Omar Alghabra | Posted 06.03.2012 | Canada
Omar Alghabra

I moved to Canada when I was 19, where I became a member of a small minority and was exposed to other cultures and lifestyles that were alien to me. It was a transformation from the simplicity of being part of a homogeneous dominant culture to the humility of having to explain who you are.