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Marni Soupcoff

Executive Director, Canadian Constitution Foundation

Marni Soupcoff is Executive Director of the Canadian Constitution Foundation. Her writing appears in the National Post and here at the Huffington Post Canada. She is also a regular contributor to Regulation magazine. Her work has previously appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Post, the Stanford Journal of International Law and other publications.

Marni is a fourth generation Torontonian, but spent nine years in the United States, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the Johns Hopkins University in 1997 and received her law degree from Stanford University in 2000. Before moving back to Toronto, Marni worked as a lawyer with the Institute for Justice, where she litigated economic liberty and property rights cases. She has been a member of the District of Columbia bar since 2000.
Who Was That Masked Man? And What Happened To His

Who Was That Masked Man? And What Happened To His Rights?

Yesterday it became a criminal offense for Canadians to wear a mask during a riot or unlawful assembly. Anyone who violates the new law will face a penalty of up to a 10-year prison sentence. It's ironic that the change is said to have been motivated in part by the G20 riots in Toronto -- where the individuals most concerned with going incognito seemed to be the police. The bigger problem is that the law threatens to chill the political and social activities of completely innocent people -- or to land them in jail for doing nothing more serious than trying to stay anonymous.
06/20/2013 05:12 EDT
The Week In Review: Finding Unfeigned Feeling on Father's

The Week In Review: Finding Unfeigned Feeling on Father's Day

This week, in anticipation of Father's Day, HuffPost was full of Dad-related content of all sorts, from gift ideas (believe it or not, some dads are hoping for nose clippers) to moving accounts of losing -- and finding -- a father. What's the best way to fete a dad today? Buy him a book? Turn his old tie into an iPod cover? Any of these might work, depending on the dad, but ultimately it's the quiet celebration of an authentic child/father connection that's most important. Which means: The perfect Father's Day gift is far more likely to be the heartfelt hug, handshake, or cuddle that evolves organically with no help from Hallmark -- or even HuffPost.
06/15/2013 11:32 EDT
Don't Block The Pirate

Don't Block The Pirate Bay

A government that blocks its citizens from accessing The Pirate Bay (or tries to) is one step closer to being a government that also blocks its citizens from accessing a website that threatens to foment insurrection by being critical of the ruling powers or political system. If the right to check out a file-sharing site doesn't get you excited, what about the right to check out a brutally revealing critique of your country's leadership? Isn't defending the former worth it to protect the latter? But we tend not to bother because we dismiss the whole matter as a debate about torrents and Daft Punk downloads. The key is to remember what is at stake.
06/13/2013 05:14 EDT
The Week In Review: A-Rod Should Be Free To Dope If He Wants

The Week In Review: A-Rod Should Be Free To Dope If He Wants To

Are performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) an unnatural advantage? Sure. But so are many of the extreme training methods and nutritional regimens that are all now a regular part of almost all professional sports, including baseball. If PEDs were permitted, MLB could at least take the significant money it would save on expensive detection schemes, investigations, and mediation (players' unions don't tend to take kindly to 100-game suspensions) and use it instead to educate players about the health dangers of PEDs and the doses at which they are safest.
06/09/2013 08:03 EDT
Forget Boardrooms Full of

Forget Boardrooms Full of Women

It's possible that women are underrepresented in boardrooms because they are more likely to decide that they don't want to be there. Women should be able to define success in a more nuanced way than society does without being written off as brainwashed dupes.
06/06/2013 02:28 EDT
The Week In Review:

The Week In Review: Overpaid?

This week, Bloomberg Markets magazine released its list of the 20 best-paid bank CEOs in North America and Canada was well represented, with six of our bank heads appearing on the list, three of them in the top ten. Given the stratospheric nature of the compensation -- RBC's Gordon Nixon was paid the equivalent of US$12.6-million in 2012, for example -- it's easy to get outraged. But massive numbers shouldn't be offensive in themselves if the CEOs earning them are actually making comparatively good money for their shareholders. Remember that Tom Cruise makes about US$75-million a year.
06/02/2013 12:31 EDT
Is the Meth-Mouth/Diet-Soda Study Really

Is the Meth-Mouth/Diet-Soda Study Really Science?

The diet-soda-is-like-meth conclusion was arrived at based on a total sample of three people. That's not science. It's an interesting anecdote. The fact that it's being reported on as though it's definitive proof of diet soda being as bad for teeth as meth is troubling evidence of our lazy thinking.
05/30/2013 02:36 EDT
The Week In Review: Rob Ford Is God's Gift to Stephen

The Week In Review: Rob Ford Is God's Gift to Stephen Harper

This week, the embattled federal Conservatives received a gift from the Gods: enough Rob Ford drama to deflect attention from the senate scandal in Ottawa. First there was Ford's sudden ousting of Chief of Staff Mark Towhey. Then, there was Ford's public statement adamantly denying doing crack or being a crack addict ... in the present tense. But as taxpayers and citizens, we should be careful that we don't become so distracted by the local guy squirting mustard on our shirts that we fail to notice the gentlemen from Ottawa carefully picking our back pockets while we fuss.
05/26/2013 05:20 EDT
Abercrombie & Fitch Owed Us No

Abercrombie & Fitch Owed Us No Apology

I feel sorry for Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries. All he did was say out loud what the vast majority of clothing lines already seem to be thinking and practicing. We can, and should, help young people to realize that there are many profound satisfactions to be had in life that do not rely on achieving a certain appearance or level of popularity (a fact that becomes comfortingly obvious as we age, yet is often difficult to grasp in high school). But we shouldn't blame A&F for being honest enough to articulate an omnipresent elitist marketing strategy no one else wants to own up to. We are, after all, the ones that make such strategies pay off.
05/23/2013 03:21 EDT
The Week In Review: What Mike Duffy, Rob Ford, and a Bulldozed Pyramid Have In

The Week In Review: What Mike Duffy, Rob Ford, and a Bulldozed Pyramid Have In Common

This week was so full of disillusioning news that it was hard to keep an optimistic outlook. In Belize, thousands of years of history were razed when one of the country's largest Mayan pyramids was bulldozed. In Toronto, Gawker and <em>The Toronto Star</em> published details of a video alleged to show the city's mayor, Rob Ford, inhaling from what two Star reporters who saw the video say "appears to be a glass crack pipe." Meanwhile, in Ottawa, expense scandals led to Senators Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy leaving the Conservative caucus. What's a defeated HuffPost reader to do?
05/18/2013 11:41 EDT
The Agony and the Ecstasy of

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Cottaging

I'm sharing my cottage experience to make you feel better about the long weekend no matter your plans. Because if you're going to a cottage, you'll be making enduring memories of special time spent with family and friends. But if you're not, you'll be saving yourself an untold amount of aggravation, revulsion, and cash.
05/16/2013 05:25 EDT
The Week In Review: Between Ariel Castro and Tory Backbenchers, We Can't Avoid an Abortion

The Week In Review: Between Ariel Castro and Tory Backbenchers, We Can't Avoid an Abortion Debate

The prosecutor in the Cleveland kidnappings case has revealed that he may seek aggravated murder charges against the alleged captor, Ariel Castro, because Castro is accused of repeatedly beating and starving one of the women in order to force several miscarriages. This particular detail has caused quite the stir because it casts a fetus in the role of a murder victim, which makes many pro-choice advocates profoundly uncomfortable. I think it's for the same reasons that expressing opposition to sex-selective abortion raises such anxiety here in Canada: It forces people to focus on the fetus rather than the mother.
05/11/2013 11:43 EDT
The Week In Review: Will Loblaw Let Thoughts of Bangladesh Fade

The Week In Review: Will Loblaw Let Thoughts of Bangladesh Fade Away?

In the aftermath of the deadly Bangladesh factory collapse, Loblaw has been admirably vocal about its plans to compensate victims' families and to make checking the structural integrity of factory buildings part of its future audits of suppliers. But the interesting part of this story will come in a few months, once the news cycle has moved on from the disaster in Dakha. Will Loblaw have the fortitude to get out there and remind us all of the disturbing incident in order to update us on the details of its follow-through? Or will it be content to let its customers' thoughts of the collapse quietly fade away, as they are bound to do?
05/05/2013 01:47 EDT
CBC Should Have Stuck With

CBC Should Have Stuck With "Any Race Except Caucasian"

The CBC should have the courage and decency to make its casting choices transparent. If it sees a value in exposing kids to minorities who aren't well represented on television, and therefore wants to hire a non-white kiddie host, then tell us so. And be there with the guts, data, and fortitude to stand behind that decision. Don't throw the casting agency under the bus and point to vague diversity language. Doing so only confuses all concerned. It also leaves paranoid notions to fester about what kinds of discrimination Caucasians must experiencing from CBC behind closed doors.
04/30/2013 12:06 EDT
The Week In Review: HuffPost Bloggers Bravely Commit

The Week In Review: HuffPost Bloggers Bravely Commit Sociology

This week, the debate raged on over the "root causes" of terrorism. On CBC's Power & Politics, Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre took a literalist approach, declaring the root causes of terrorism to be terrorists. On HuffPost, the analysis ran a little deeper, with many suggested causes, including oppressive foreign policy. "The root cause [of terrorism] is only depravity," wrote one blogger, Lauryn Oates. "The line between seeking to understand this depravity, and seeking to justify it, is fine and must be tread upon with care." Whatever one's perspective, that's advice worth heeding.
04/28/2013 12:38 EDT
You Have the Right Not To Read Dzhokhar His Rights -- But Don't Complain

You Have the Right Not To Read Dzhokhar His Rights -- But Don't Complain Later

If law enforcement made a calculated decision that knowing whatever information Dzhokhar Tsarnev might possess was more important than being able to use that information in a legal case against him, I can respect that. But if they expected they could have it both ways -- questioning Dzhokhar without informing him of his rights, then trying to worm Dzhokhar's answers into court by blowing a public safety exception far beyond its reasonable scope, then there is a problem. A problem I sincerely hope a court will be quick to point out. And a problem that only law enforcement can be blamed for not foreseeing.
04/25/2013 08:04 EDT
The Week in Review: Bewildered in

The Week in Review: Bewildered in Boston

When I heard about the explosions at the Boston Marathon, and started reading the confused and nervous reports that soon followed, my mind turned back to 9/11. Milling about with co-workers on Pennsylvania Avenue that hot day in 2001, I'd felt more lost than scared. I knew the unthinkable had happened, but that wasn't the hard part at that moment. Far worse was not knowing if the unthinkable had <em>ended</em>. And not having any way of finding out. My sense is that a similar bewilderment was part of what made the past week so especially distressing for Bostonians.
04/20/2013 11:19 EDT
If Justin Were a

If Justin Were a Woman

Lisa Raitt is right that the conversation we're having about Justin Trudeau would be very different if it was a female MP who'd taken to the catwalk and stripped to her bra, while a group of men bid on the opportunity to lunch with her. It would seem exploitive and distasteful. People would definitely question the MP's judgment.
04/18/2013 03:05 EDT
Street Art: If the Public Owns the Wall, Does It Get a Say in the

Street Art: If the Public Owns the Wall, Does It Get a Say in the Pictures?

Street art can bring vitality to a corner or neighbourhood. But who gets to decide what form the art will take? In the latest installment of our "Change My Mind" series, HuffPost asked an artist and a community leader to debate the statement: Government should keep its nose out of artistic expression, even in public spaces.
04/16/2013 08:18 EDT
The Week in Review: Don't Stop Asking Why Rehtaeh Parsons

The Week in Review: Don't Stop Asking Why Rehtaeh Parsons Died

This week, it seemed the entire country was focused on the suicide of Nova Scotia teen Rehtaeh Parsons. The alleged conscienceless cruelties that now seem inextricably linked to her death have disgusted and sickened so many that Rehtaeh may one day be remembered as the young woman who made us confront our shameful moral and legal deficits -- and do better. Blogger Anne Therriault wrote that when she read Rehtaeh Parsons' story, she couldn't help but wonder, "Where the f**k were all the grownups?" It's a very good question. One that we should keep asking loudly and often.
04/13/2013 11:54 EDT