BenchPress – Vol 42-3

Privacy of Text Messages In a split decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that text messages are protected against unreasonable search or seizure under the Charter.  If a person has a subjective reasonable belief that a text message they send to another person will remain private, then the state cannot obtain that information […]

Authors:

Aaida Peerani
Aaida Peerani is Staff Lawyer and Editor for LawNow Magazine at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. www.cplea.ca
 

Viewpoint 42-3: Tradition Triumphs: A New Guard for Canada’s Supreme Court

On June 12, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada hinted that it would be making an “announcement of interest” later that afternoon. What could it possibly be, many of us legal beagles wondered. Was it an unexpected judicial retirement? Could it be that the Chief Justice of Canada herself was retiring? Amid the predictions among […]

Authors:

Tasneem Karbani
Tasneem Karbani is the Education and Communications Coordinator with the Centre for Constitutional Studies at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.
 

Viewpoint 42-2: Elected Municipal Officials Must Be Careful About Conflicts of Interest

Introduction At the time we are writing this, the province of Alberta is in election campaign mode for all of its municipal leaders known as mayors, councilors and reeves.  At the same time, the federal Minister of Finance is under the ethical spotlight for how he continues to hold his personal wealth while legislating in […]

Authors:

Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal is a Professor of Law at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.
 

Kyle Meema
Kyle Meema is a law instructor at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT).
 

BenchPress – Vol 42-2

‘Til Law Do You Part In a recent case, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench had to determine if a marriage was legally valid. In 1997, the couple in question travelled from Canada to Vietnam (where both were born) to get married in a traditional Vietnamese ceremony. However, no paperwork was filed and the Record […]

Authors:

Aaida Peerani
Aaida Peerani is Staff Lawyer and Editor for LawNow Magazine at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. www.cplea.ca
 

Viewpoint 42-1: Scoring NAFTA: The United States Trounces Canada in Investor-State Disputes

“NAFTA is the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere, but certainly ever signed in this country” (September 26, 2016) “Because NAFTA . . . is perhaps the greatest disaster trade deal in the history of the world.  Not in this country.  It stripped us of manufacturing jobs.  We lost our jobs.  We lost our […]

Authors:

Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal is a Professor of Law at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.
 

Ahmed Zaid
Ahmed Zaid is an MBA student at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary.
 


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