Symposium on Children’s Participation in Justice Processes Coming to Calgary

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Canada and its provinces are signatories to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international treaty that requires governments to recognize children’s fundamental human rights. In particular, Article 12 of  the Convention says that children must be given “the opportunity to be heard in any judicial and administrative proceedings” affecting them. Many […]

Money for Nothing: International Longshore v. Ford

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Introduction Recently, the Government of Alberta clawed back money it had paid to individuals on the basis of mistake.  The government determined that these individuals had been ineligible to receive the money.  This story attracted attention because the government was demanding the return of money from people who had passed away. The story raised the […]

Whatchu doing with our Rights, Virgin Radio?

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How a Toronto-based radio station makes light of the presumption of innocence, every week. One of the cornerstones of our justice system is the presumption of innocence. It’s a constitutionally protected right that is supposed to guarantee an individual all the blessings and grandeur of ‘innocent until proven guilty.’ In reality, that’s rarely the perspective […]

New Project Improves Access to Justice, Affordability of Lawyers in Alberta

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  Innovative project to produce first research on impact of limited scope legal services. http://albertalegalservices.com/    Rob Harvie QC and John-Paul Boyd, Executive Director of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family,  today announced the launch of the Alberta Limited Legal Services Project, an exciting new program aimed at improving Albertans’ access to […]

Age Discrimination and the Alberta Human Rights Act

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Recently, the Alberta government agreed to add protection for age discrimination in the Alberta Human Rights Act (AHRA) in two areas—tenancy and services, goods and accommodation customarily available to the public. This was the result of a Consent Order on January 13, 2017 in the case of Ruth Maria Adria v Attorney General of Alberta. […]

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