Supreme Court of Canada

Supreme Court Opinion Next Week Could Determine Fate Of Senate

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.17.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada will issue a landmark opinion next week that could determine the fate of the country's scandal-plagued Senate.The...

Top Court Bites Harper Government

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.11.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The bell has sounded ending one more round in what is shaping up to be a long-running bout between the county's highest court and the Harper ...

Harper's Supreme Court Pick BLOCKED

CP | Mike Blanchfield and Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Stephen Harper has come almost full circle.The Conservative prime minister who came to office in 2006 cautioning against the power of the cou...

It's Sexual Assault If You Poke Holes In The Condom

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.07.2014 | Canada

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously upheld the sexual assault conviction of a Nova Scotia man who tried to trick his girlfriend into ...

Your "Feelings" About Sex Work Shouldn't Be Laws

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 04.21.2014 | Canada
Wayne K. Spear

Is sex work inherently and irredeemably wicked, as the abolitionsts would have us conclude? Or is it in fact possible to have a morally defensible prostitution? A testing of public values alone will not answer these questions, assuming they are even answerable. Values are an important and necessary starting point for a discussion of public policy, to be sure, but they are only one element of policy. Given that vulnerable lives are going to be affected, the feds are going to need to come up with a solid policy that has something more beneath it than our deeply-held touchy feelies.

Most B.C. Prostitution Offences Won't Be Prosecuted

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia has become the latest province to announce it will not prosecute most prostitution-related offences over last year's ruli...

The Supreme Court Has Spoken, Now Alberta Will Obey

CP | John Cotter, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta plans to amend one of its main privacy laws this fall to comply with a Supreme Court of Canada judgment that found the legislation ...

B.C. Man Acquitted Of Sex Assaults Can't Sue: Court

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The man who spent 27 years in prison for a series of sexual assaults he didn't commit won't be able sue the Crown for negligence, the B.C....

6 Key Questions

CBC | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Politics

Canada's top court judges will hear arguments about the appointment of Justice Marc Nadon to the Supreme Court of Canada on Wednesday, and th...

Constitutional BATTLE

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Everything from the parsing of verb tenses to the intentions of the framers of the failed Meech Lake constitutional accord was tossed into th...

Doctor Who Killed His Kids Supreme Court-Bound?

CP | Pierre Saint-Arnaud, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada

SAINT-JEROME, Que. - The lawyer for a former Quebec doctor who killed his two children says he's going to the Supreme Court of Canada to seek leave to...

Canada's Sex Work Laws: Don't Break What We Worked So Hard to Fix

Nikki Thomas | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Nikki Thomas

Creating laws that are overly broad and ineffective will just push sex work back into the shadows, and will continue to make it less safe for all those involved. Sex work can be safe, clean, and beneficial to those of us who choose it as a career. It can be conducted ethically, honestly, and freely, with the full consent of all participants. It can be done right, in the privacy of our own homes, without exploitation; we just need to ensure that governments do not restrict our right to choose what we do with our own bodies.

Diversity At Risk In Supreme Court Challenge

CBC | Alison Crawford | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada Politics

The Canadian Association of Provincial Court Judges is warning that challenges to the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Marc Nadon could have serio...

Safe House and Prostitution

Bill Haines | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

I think a good Christian response to this situation would be for Christian churches to build safe houses across the street from the new brothels so that any woman who wants help escaping the sex trade and human sex trafficking, can receive the immediate love and care and assistance, she needs.

Why I'm Against Legalizing Prostitution

Andrea Mrozek | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Living
Andrea Mrozek

The only difference between me and a woman who prostitutes herself is that the seeds that would have launched me onto a path of prostitution were not watered. In short, "the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being," as the Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote.

Canada Must Target Buyers of Sex

Joy Smith, M.P. | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Joy Smith, M.P.

Despite this new ruling, the debate around prostitution is hardly settled. There are those who wish to legalize and normalize the industry, those who wish to criminalize all aspects of the industry, and finally those, like myself, who recognize prostitution as an industry that is inherently harmful to women and girls and therefore must be eliminated.

Why Marc Nadon Was Not Fairly Appointed to the Supreme Court

Michael Plaxton | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada
Michael Plaxton

The controversy over Marc Nadon's appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada reached an important milestone late last month, when the Attorney General of Canada filed its written argument for the upcoming Reference. Unsurprisingly, it says that the Supreme Court Act, properly interpreted, permits Nadon's elevation to the Court. I disagree.

Supreme Court's Position On Removing Baby M From Life Support

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Alberta

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear an appeal in the case of an Alberta child who was taken off life support over the objections of her...

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.

Aboriginal Title On Trial

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

OTTAWA - A small British Columbia First Nation has gone before the Supreme Court of Canada in a case that could have far-reaching effects on aborigina...

He's Already Moved Into Building

CP | Fannie Olivier, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.31.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada's newest nominee already has an office amongst his colleagues despite the fact that his appointment is being cont...

Want a More Democratic Canada? Start By Getting Rid of the Archaic Senate

Craig Scott | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Craig Scott

The Liberals' strategy appears to focus on fanning the flames of controversy around past efforts to amend the constitution in order to bolster cynicism, in the hope Canadians will adopt the same defeatist attitude they have. This is a party paralyzed with fear of their own constitutional shadow.

How to Judge Judges?

Irwin Cotler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

The nomination of Judge Marc Nadon has raised important questions about the process used to select justices for the Supreme Court of Canada. Indeed, his appointment has led to charges of the politicization of the judiciary in the media, with some Canadians, rightly, wondering how our nomination process works.

Harper Nominates Judge For Supreme Court

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper dipped into the ranks of the Federal Court of Appeal on Monday to nominate Justice Marc Nadon to fill a vacancy...

Supreme Court To Drop Important Ruling

CBC | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada Politics

Canada's top court is set to rule Thursday on a case that could affect the growing number of people who represent themselves in criminal courts. ...