Supreme Court of Canada

Supreme Court Rules Alberta Can Enact Laws Only In English

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Alberta

The ruling ends a legal fight that has spanned more than a decade.

Supreme Court To Rule On Bilingual Law In Alberta

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Alberta

Alberta argues there is no constitutional language requirement for the province.

Animals Have Legal Interests That Must Be Protected

Camille Labchuk | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Impact
Camille Labchuk

Animals got their day in court last week, thanks to Animal Justice. The energy in the courtroom was palpable. This is the first time the Court is considering legislation that protects animals from harmful conduct, and our legal arguments may make all the difference.

Ruling Puts Canada's Health And Environment At Risk

Ecojustice | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Impact

If allowed to stand, the decision will further constrain the ability of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) to ensure that most serious environmental and human health impacts associated with major industrial projects, including mines, dams and tar sands operations, are addressed.

Public Servants Should Be Able to Exercise Their Full Political Rights

David Martin | Posted 09.14.2015 | Canada Politics
David Martin

Public servants continued to carry out their duties in a professional and impartial manner notwithstanding that some of them exercised their new political rights outside of the workplace. It seems that the political masters are always eager to muzzle and politically silence the public service. Notwithstanding the pronouncement of the Supreme Court in the Osborne case, the current Conservative government took it upon themselves to create and implement the Values and Ethics Code in 2012.

Ecuadorean Villagers Taking On Chevron Can Fight It Out In Canada: Supreme Court

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.04.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed an attempt by oil giant Chevron to block Ecuadorian villagers from using an Ontario court to coll...

Canadian Doctors Should Be Trained In Assisted Death: Medical Group

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.25.2015 | Canada Living

"We want to make sure people are trained and have the competencies to do this."

Long-Term Canadian Expats Turn To Supreme Court For Voting Rights

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Politics

"There's been a strong response.''

Harper's hostile greeting for new Canadians by @Fuhr2015

Retired Maj. Stephen Fuhr | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Retired Maj. Stephen Fuhr

While Canada Day is usually a time to celebrate the swearing in of new citizens, this year will be the first time that their citizenship will be marked with an asterisk, thanks to Harper's passage of Bill C-24. The new law threatens dual citizens and immigrants to Canada with revocation of their citizenship. Now, citizenship can be revoked by a Citizenship Officer without a live hearing, without opportunity for appeal, without a judge, and for reasons other than a fraudulent application.

Canadians Need to Take Action on Physician-Assisted Dying

Juliet Guichon | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Juliet Guichon

When the Supreme Court of Canada strikes down legislation on the human body, it presents a challenge to government to respond. In each case, legislators responded ineffectively or did nothing. But, like it or not, the February deadline for legislation on physician-assisted dying is looming.

Tory MP Wants Colleagues To Vote Freely On 'Issues Of Conscience'

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.28.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - MPs have begun to grapple with an issue that's sure to become a hallmark of the next Parliament: what does one do if a piece of legislation f...

Ex-Justice To Judge Senate Expense Squabbles

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Auditor general Michael Ferguson says there are about 30 senators who will be found to have dubious expense claims, including close to 10 who...

Wrongfully Convicted B.C. Man Jailed For 27 Years Can Now Sue

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.01.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Ivan Henry spent nearly 30 years in jail before being acquitted on all 10 charges.

Court Ruling On Prayers At Council Will Impact Whole Nation: Experts

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - A ruling from the country's top court halting the practice of prayers at municipal council meetings in a Quebec community will likely have r...

Prayers Can't Continue At Quebec Council Meeting: Supreme Court

CP | Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - In a decision that had an immediate impact in several cities and towns across the country, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Wednesday that...

Top Court To Rule On Key Part Of His Tough-On-Crime Agenda

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.13.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada is set to rule Tuesday on a key part of the Conservative government's tough-on-crime agenda.The high court will d...

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

Blake Bromley | Posted 05.24.2015 | 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 04.27.2015 | 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 04.15.2015 | 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 04.15.2015 | 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 06.30.2015 | 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 04.08.2015 | 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 04.07.2015 | 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 04.07.2015 | 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 03.31.2015 | Canada

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.