Canadian Law

Race Data Key To Ending Racial Profiling Among Canadian Police

Siavash V. | Posted 02.28.2017 | Canada Politics
Siavash V.

The collection and dissemination of race-based statistics is essential to the examination and elimination of any racial disparities that may exist. By remaining uncommitted to this initiative, Canadian law enforcement has essentially shrugged its shoulders to the troubles many visible minority Canadians face.

An Inside Look At One Of Canada's New Licensed Cannabis Producers

Madaline Zannes | Posted 05.17.2017 | Canada Living
Madaline Zannes

The 23,500 square foot production facility in Paris, Ontario started off early in cultivation. As soon as their license to grow was granted, work began straight away. As part of a fully integrated medical marijuana and health care company, high standards must be held to carry on business under the regulations.

Food Waste Is A Disgrace Canadians Have The Power To Fix

Genevieve Zingg | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Impact
Genevieve Zingg

In May 2015, the French government did something incredible: the National Assembly unanimously passed a law forcing large supermarkets to donate unsold food to charities. That's how the #WhatAWaste campaign -- a grassroots effort to pressure Canada's political leaders to follow France's example -- was born.

The Absolute Tragedy Of The Ghomeshi Verdict

Adam Caldwell | Posted 04.02.2017 | Canada Living
Adam Caldwell

I am invested in this issue because women are my relations. I'm a dad, a son, a husband, a brother-in-law, and thinking, sentient member of the human race! The reasons this keeps happening cannot be solely blamed on the legal system; they start at home. There is a profound sickness within a society that would allow men to perpetrate violence against women with virtual impunity. What is it within men that we see women with so little regard? Too many men don't think there is a problem.

Bill C-246 Will Close Animal Cruelty Loopholes

Barbara Cartwright | Posted 03.02.2017 | Canada Impact
Barbara Cartwright

The winds of change are sweeping through Canada, giving us a renewed sense of possibility and hope about what we can accomplish together. As so many have said since the federal election in October, "Canada is back!" And Canada wants change for animals.

Assessing Credibility In The Ghomeshi Trial

Michael Plaxton | Posted 02.11.2017 | Canada
Michael Plaxton

Closing arguments have been made in the Jian Ghomeshi trial. The case, everyone agrees, turns on the credibility of the three complainants. How will the trial judge decide whether he accepts their testimony?

Trinity Western Grasps at Hypocritical Half-Truths

Douglas Judson | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Douglas Judson

John Carpay's condemnation of the Ontario Superior Court alleges that 'half-truths' have been relied on to scuttle Trinity Western University's quest to establish a law school. Ironically, Mr. Carpay's own analysis is built upon factual and legal mischaracterizations. These are designed to stoke suspicions of a nonexistent anti-Christian bias among legal institutions and to undermine the crucial public policy considerations invoked by the Law Society of Upper Canada in denying TWU's accreditation. The dispute surrounding TWU is about the public interest obligations of law societies to promote equal access to the profession, not about meddling with university policies or religious doctrines.

Has the CBC Violated the Broadcasting Act?

Barry Kiefl | Posted 01.22.2015 | Canada TV
Barry Kiefl

We only learned post facto that CBC planned on achieving its objectives for TV by stripping more than a quarter of the funding from its radio services. How? Fortuitously, another law came into effect in 2008 that required CBC and other broadcasters to provide financial data to the CRTC on their major radio and TV operations.

Charity Lesson From the Scottish Referendum

Blake Bromley | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

The referendum in Scotland demonstrates the risks of England denying tax benefits to charities which promote indigenous Scottish values. Canada should have the self-confidence to respect the values and purposes which emanate from Quebec's people and legislature when granting tax benefits to registered charities.

Calling Sexting Child Pornography Is Bad Policy

Michael Plaxton | Posted 08.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Michael Plaxton

On several occasions, police and prosecutors have used the child pornography provisions in the Criminal Code to address incidents of teen "sexting." The fact that these offences can 'catch' this kind of conduct has led some commentators to argue that there is no compelling reason to enact the proposed offence of "non-consensual distribution of intimate images." I disagree.

Should We Reintroduce "Rape"?

Michael Plaxton | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Michael Plaxton

Rob Anders, a Conservative Member of Parliament in Calgary, has announced that he will introduce a private members' bill seeking to reintroduce the crime of "rape." The proposal has met with some enthusiasm in some circles. That is not surprising. Well before the language of "rape" was excised from the Criminal Code, in 1983, the idea of collapsing all forms of non-consensual sexual touching into an all-encompassing offence of "sexual assault" was deeply controversial. One of the concerns raised is that, by restoring "rape" to the Criminal Code, other forms of sexual assault will be perceived as less significant.

Amend the Supreme Court Act to Put Term Limits on Judges

Chris Schafer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Chris Schafer

The SCC is supposed to act as a check on the concentration of power in the Prime Minister's Office and Cabinet. However, due to the current appointment process, albeit better then it used to be since reforms introduced by Harper in 2006, the SCC is still largely an extension of the power of the Prime Minister who appoints SCC judges.

Does the Canadian Federation of Students Care About Students?

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 04.24.2013 | Canada Politics
Samuel Mosonyi

The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), a national organization composed of campus student unions, purports to organize students on a "democratic, co-operative basis." When Guelph students wanted to hold a referendum to exit the CFS, they served the CFS with a petition asking for a referendum to be held to decertify. However, the CFS refused to schedule a referendum. Guelph's Central Student Association (CSA) took the CFS to court.

Why Can't Canadians Defend Themselves in Their Own Homes?

Abubakar Kasim | Posted 11.06.2012 | Canada
Abubakar Kasim

How much force is too much when a stranger attempts to steal your property or break into your house? In one case, Moses Mahilal is being charged with assaulting an intruder. The law should be changed to create a sense of deterrent and to send a strong message to the would-be intruder. The sky should be the limit as to what could he or she should expect for violating the sanctity of other people and terrorizing their homes.

Is A Law Degree Still A 'Golden Ticket'?

The Huffington Post Canada | Siobhan McClelland | Posted 09.04.2012 | Canada Living

This feature was produced by Siobhan McClelland, a student in Ryerson University's School of Journalism, in partnership with The Huffington Post Canad...