Supreme Court of Canada

Should Freedom of Religion Trump the Charter's Equality Rights?

Blake Bromley | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

The Supreme Court of Canada has held that the Quebec government is infringing on the religious freedom of Loyola High School to require it to teach the Christianity portion of this course from a neutral, rather than a Christian, perspective. The Supreme Court of Canada has effectively held that the Charter's fundamental freedom of religion provision trumps the Charter's equality rights.

Why Palliative Care Is Not a Real Choice For Canadians

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 02.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Harvey Max Chochinov

For 70 to 80 per cent of Canadians, palliative care is not available and hence, not a real choice. A dear friend of mine recently died of brain cancer. She spent her final months in hospice, where she received exquisite end-of-life care. How might this kind of scenario play itself out in the many Canadian settings that do not have adequate palliative care?

Why It's Important That Laws Can and Do Change

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 02.13.2015 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Our classes often look at cases and circumstances where a decision must be made about what happens to people's bodies, and indeed, to their lives. Do students who do not yet have the right to vote care about such issues? My experience is that they care deeply and passionately. They are profoundly interested in fairness and justice -- and they are waiting for us to listen.

Supreme Court Exempts Lawyers From Money-Laundering Law

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.13.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Sections of the federal government's anti-terrorism and money laundering financing law are unconstitutional because they violate solicitor-cl...

People With Mental Illness Deserve To Die With Dignity Too

Arthur Gallant | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

I have advocated extensively for mental illness to be treated and looked at the same as physical illnesses. That's why if we're going to accept physician assisted-suicide as an appropriate remedy for people suffering from an irremediable physical illness then we must accept this to be an appropriate remedy for people living with mental illness.

'He Wasn't Afraid Of Death. He Was Afraid Of The Days Leading To Death'

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.13.2015 | Canada

TORONTO - Last summer as the Canadian Medical Association debated whether to drop its long-standing opposition to physician-assisted death, the organi...

A Look At Right-To Die Laws Around The World

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.06.2015 | Canada Politics

The Supreme Court of Canada will rule this morning on whether mentally competent, but suffering terminally-ill patients, have a right to a medically a...

Top Court Strikes Down Ban On Doctor-Assisted Suicide

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.06.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada shifted the goalposts Friday on one of the most fundamental of human laws. In a charter precedent that will go...

A Dark Day For Environmental Justice in Canada

Ecojustice | Posted 01.29.2015 | Canada
Ecojustice

The Supreme Court of Canada's disappointing decision to reject a class action, launched by Nova Scotians who say their health has been compromised by the notorious Sydney tar ponds, has shed more unflattering light on the state of environmental justice in Canada.

Cell Phone Searches Upon Arrest OK: Top Court

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — A divided Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday that police can conduct a limited search of suspect's cellphone without getting a search w...

Top Court To Rule On Police Access To A Person's Cellphone

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada delivers a precedent-setting ruling Thursday that's expected to dictate how much warrantless access police can ha...

Dear Santa: Here Is What B.C. Wants For Christmas

Dermod Travis | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Dear Santa: You probably don't get Christmas letters from an entire province, but this year we hope you'll think of adding B.C. to your magical journey.

Mounties Drop Online Probes After Supreme Court Says Get A Warrant

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - An internal government memo says the RCMP has abandoned some cases following a landmark Supreme Court ruling that said police require a warra...

Althia Raj

Retired Supreme Court Justice Warns Over 'Knee-Jerk' Reaction To Ottawa Attack

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 10.30.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — The Conservative government is rushing to introduce legislation that expands law enforcement powers in ways that it may not need, retired S...

Supreme Court: Wiretaps On Alleged Price-Fixers OK

CBC | Posted 12.19.2014 | Canada Business

The Supreme Court of Canada has allowed wiretap recordings from a criminal case to be used in a civil suit against a group of Quebec gas stations accu...

B.C. Pedophile Convinces Judge To Lower Prison Term

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A convicted B.C. pedophile who sexually assaulted his partner's two-year-old daughter and recorded the crimes on video will serve 55 fewer...

Lend Death A Hand?

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.14.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The so-called "right to die" was back on Canada's conscience Wednesday as the Supreme Court confronted the question of whether a ban on assis...

Supreme Court To Tackle Canada's Jury Selection Process

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.05.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Just what provinces must do to ensure juries are properly representative of the population in an area will be put to Canada's highest court ...

Banks Lose Supreme Court Of Canada Battle Over Credit Card Fees

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canada's top court has restored a Quebec trial judge's decision that penalizes several of the country's big banks for failing to meet provinc...

What We Should Take Away From The Mount Polley Spill

Dermod Travis | Posted 10.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

B.C.'s economy -- already facing what seems like the perfect economic storm of stagnant job growth, an acute skills shortage, and the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision on First Nation land title claims -- can now add one more low pressure system into that mix: the Mount Polley mine disaster.

Man Convicted Of Drowning Daughters Won't Face New Trial

CP | Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.04.2014 | Canada

GANDER, N.L. - A sad legal odyssey that began 12 years ago when Nelson Hart's twin girls drowned in Gander Lake ended Tuesday as murder charges agains...

Tory MP: Courts Are Being Used As An 'End-Run' Around Demoracy

CBC | Posted 09.18.2014 | Canada Politics

A Conservative MP says recent court decisions that call on the government to change legislation amount to a trend. Dan Albas, the MP for Okanagan-Co...

Tories Ignore Supreme Court, Plow Ahead With 'Digital Privacy Act'

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Business

The Supreme Court of Canada last week declared that access to telecom subscribers’ personal information requires a court warrant. This week, desp...

Supreme Court: Warrant Needed For Internet Info

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.13.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — Police need a search warrant to get information from Internet service providers about their subscribers' identities when they are under inv...

Couillard Sounds Off On Supreme Court Selection Process

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.26.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard expressed disappointment on Monday with the Supreme Court selection process.Couillard was reacting to a new...