Mind Bending Politics: Exclusive: Monia Mazigh Responds To Omar Khadr Settlement

(Monia Mazigh Human Rights Advocate and Author Best Known For Her Advocacy of Her Husband Maher Arar Responds to Omar Khadr Settlement)   Mind Bending Politics sat down with Monia Mazigh this week to discuss the Omar Khadr settlement and her thoughts on the future of human rights in Canada.  Before that interview we wanted to ...

Alberta Politics: Big changes coming to academic faculty, graduate student and postdoctoral bargaining rights in Alberta

PHOTOS: Could we someday see scenes like this one at Boston University in 1979 at an Alberta University? The late Howard Zinn, author of the People’s History of the United States (banned in Arkansas), is visible, quite naturally, I suppose, near the front on the left. (Photo from the Boston Public Library.) Below: Alberta Advanced ...

Alberta Politics: Alberta public employees, subject to constant Wildrose and media vilification, win national award for effective service

PHOTOS: An image of the May 2016 Fort McMurray fire taken by Alberta Government photographer Chris Schwarz. Below: The Wildrose Party sees government workers like forest fire fighters (GoA photo) and Licensed Practical Nurses (AUPE photo) as “union bosses.” Just guessing, but you probably won’t read much news coverage about the national award the Alberta ...

Wise Law Blog: Employee or Contractor? Apply the Duck Test…

BY SIMRAN BAKSHI, ASSOCIATE LAWYERHow do Ontario Courts determine if someone is really a contractor or an employee? It may surprise you to learn that the answer is actually quite simple and straightforward. Just apply the duck test: If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then lo ...

Cowichan Conversations: OPINION Christy Clark Just Got Laughed Out of the Supreme Court of Canada

Crawford Killan’s ‘Opinion Piece’-Originally posted on the Tyee. Coming two grim days after the U.S. presidential election, Thursday’s judgment by the Supreme Court of Canada was exhilarating: B.C. teachers had suddenly won a 15-year battle Read more…

Alberta Politics: Pigs will fly before the fantasy that Ottawa’s carbon tax ‘invades provincial jurisdiction’ will ever persuade a court

PHOTOS: Who says Jason Kenney is full of baloney? These guys do! And they’re the Fathers of Confederation! Below: PC leadership candidate Mr. Kenney; federal Liberal Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr, MP for Calgary Centre; and Brian Jean, leader of the Wildrose Opposition in the Alberta Legislature (Wildrose.ca photo). Ottawa’s carbon tax is “is an ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Rumpole and Reversible Error #nlpoli

Brian Tobin’s favourite judge may be on his way to the Supreme Court of Canada but along the way he will probably have to answer a few questions about his decision in the appeal in R v S.B. The case is on its way to the Supreme Court of Canada and Rowe will have to ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Being from there #nlpoli

Some people are very agitated at the prospect that the next justice of the Supreme Court of Canada might not “represent” Atlantic Canada like Justice Thomas Cromwell does. How exactly does one represent a region on a court or anywhere else for that matter?  Do you have to come from there, for argument sake?  Born ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Being from there #nlpoli

Some people are very agitated at the prospect that the next justice of the Supreme Court of Canada might not “represent” Atlantic Canada like Justice Thomas Cromwell does. How exactly does one represent a region on a court or anywhere else for that matter?  Do you have to come from there, for argument sake?  Born ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Physician Assisted Dying: How the SCC got there

It’s a paradox. Your right to die is an affirmation of your right to live. In a unanimous decision of astonishing clarity the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decided that the Criminal Code prohibition on physician-assisted dying violates your Charter rights to life, liberty and security. Here’s how they did it. Section 7:  right to ...

Cowichan Conversations: This BC Liberal Government has been mired in near criminal controversy since its inception

This BC Liberal government has been mired in near criminal controversy since its inception, the latest example being just last Thursday when Clark exempted herself, cabinet and companies from court orders demanding the BC Read more…

Alberta Politics: Former justice Frank Iacobucci’s recommendation proves one thing: Alison Redford haunts us still

PHOTOS: Alison Redford, back in the day. … She haunts us still. Below: Former Supreme Court of Canada justice Frank Iacobucci, former Alberta ethics commissioner Neil Wilkinson, Alberta Ethics Commissioner Marguerite Trussler and Parkland Institute Executive Director Ricardo Acuña. It’s unlikely Alison Redford is guilty of anything worse than being a spectacularly incompetent politician, but ...

The Canadian Progressive: Supreme Court To Hear First Nation’s Case Against Enbridge’s Line 9 Pipeline

The Supreme Court of Canada has confirmed that it will hear the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation’s challenge to Enbridge’s Line 9 tar sands pipeline. The post Supreme Court To Hear First Nation’s Case Against Enbridge’s Line 9 Pipeline appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Susan on the Soapbox: Justice Abella a.k.a. Rock Star

Rosalie Silberman never wanted to be a judge. But the phone kept ringing. Would she like to be a Family Court judge? She was 29 and pregnant but sure, why not.  How about heading up the Royal Commission on Women’s Affirmative Action? Yes, but let’s expand the scope to include aboriginals, visible minorities and the ...

Mind Bending Politics: Supreme Court Says Get Out of Our Data to Trudeau Government

The Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, Court Martial Appeal Court and Tax Court are preparing to take the Canadian government to task on ensuring independence from the federal government regarding its data.  Under the past conservative government, all these levels of the courts were to submit to a super-IT department as ...

The Canadian Progressive: Supreme Court of Canada Joins Twitter

The Supreme Court of Canada announced the launch of its new English and French Twitter accounts on Monday. According to Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin: “Communicating on Twitter forms part of the Court’s commitment to open and accessible justice.” The post Supreme Court of Canada Joins Twitter appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

the disgruntled democrat: The Reason I’m Not Voting In Today’s Election Is That Canada Does A Poor Job Of Protecting Voting Rights

OK Canada, you win.  Keep your outdated voting system.  Continue to outsource the nation’s governance function to one person and his inner circle.  Carry on with this democratic farce called the general election.  I’ll have none of it. I used to believe that it is worth the effort to engage in politics in Canada, but ...

the disgruntled democrat: The Reason I’m Not Voting In Today’s Election Is That Canada Does A Poor Job Of Protecting Voting Rights

OK Canada, you win.  Keep your outdated voting system.  Continue to outsource the nation’s governance function to one person and his inner circle.  Carry on with this democratic farce called the general election.  I’ll have none of it. I used to believe that it is worth the effort to engage in politics in Canada, but ...

the disgruntled democrat: The Reason I’m Not Voting In Today’s Election Is That Canada Does A Poor Job Of Protecting Voting Rights

OK Canada, you win.  Keep your outdated voting system.  Continue to outsource the nation’s governance function to one person and his inner circle.  Carry on with this democratic farce called the general election.  I’ll have none of it. I used to believe that it is worth the effort to engage in politics in Canada, but ...

Alberta Politics: Fate of Canadian Wheat Board a disturbing harbinger for Canada’s dairy, poultry and egg farmers

PHOTOS: Tractors in the streets of Ottawa on Tuesday, their drivers protesting the Harper Conservatives’ barely concealed plans to destroy the supply-management agricultural sector. (Grabbed from @amkfoote on Twitter.) Below: Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and CCPA economist Bruce Campbell. GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alberta With the farmer-owned Canadian Wheat Board gutted by legislation ...

Montreal Simon: How Stephen Harper Is Stealthily Changing Canada Into a Theocracy

The other day I wrote about how Stephen Harper is remaking the judiciary in his own ghastly image.In his never-ending attempt to bend the Supreme Court to his will, and destroy the Charter of Rights.Well today he took another step by appointing another uber right-wing judge. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Stealthy Assault On Our Judicial System

All through the long and dark years of Stephen Harper's evil regime the Supreme Court of Canada has been his most mighty opponent.Time and time again it has rejected his foul and flawed bills that would have turned us into a monstrous police state, or a vengeful theocracy.It has been the last bastion of Canadian ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Clown Rona Ambrose and the Great War on Marijuana

OMG. I don't what we're going to do with the Con clown Rona Ambrose. She doesn't seem to understand that she supposed to be the Minister of Health, not the Minister of Pain and Suffering.That's Stephen Harper's job.For barely two months ago she was going after Vancouver's pot shops as if she was the Minister ...

Bill Longstaff: The anti-communist memorial—an outrage to Canadian heritage

I recently wrote the following letter to The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages: Dear Minister: I am writing in regard to the Memorial to the Victims of Communism proposed for a site immediately southwest of the Supreme Court of Canada. My interest in this project stems from my long association ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Supreme Court Smackdown of Harper.. again

One would almost think the Supreme Court is getting tired of the Conservative government’s vendetta against Omar Khadr: The country’s top court swiftly dismissed the Conservative government’s latest attempt to see former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr dealt with as a hardened offender deserving of more time in an adult federal penitentiary. It was a ...