A Renewed Senate That Works for Canadians

Had you been standing in the foyer of Canada’s Senate on June 22nd  2017, you’d have been forgiven for thinking that a constitutional crisis was about to engulf our nation’s Parliament. While the national media waited outside the chamber with cameras, microphones and hot television lights in tow, senators on the inside were voting on […]


Senator Peter Harder
Senator Peter Harder is the Government Representative in the Senate of Canada.

An Insider’s Look at Senate Committees

When I first stepped into the Senate atrium and peered into the chamber, I recall experiencing a sensory overload of colour. Carpeted in a sea of red with gold leaf adorning the ceiling, the Senate is decorated in a style befitting a monarch, the colours hinting at the Upper House’s regal connection. This connection is […]


Marjun Parcasio
Marjun Parcasio is a trainee solicitor with the firm of Hogan Lovells International LLP in London, England.

The Senate Reference: Supreme Court of Canada Outlines Constitutional Road to Reform

Controversies in the Senate have caused many to question whether we need a Senate at all. Realistically, however, what changes could Parliament make to the Senate? Constitutionally, what changes is Parliament allowed to make to the Senate? In 2014, Parliament found out exactly how it could change – or even abolish– the Senate by asking […]


Katherine Creelman
Katherine Creelman is a second-year law student at the University of Alberta. She wrote this article as part of her work as a summer student researcher with the Centre for Constitutional Studies.

Recovering the Species at Risk Act

Wildlife is central to the Canadian identity. From Indigenous communities to the urbanites of our largest cities, an overwhelming majority of Canadians want the federal government to protect and restore species at risk of extinction. The principal federal instrument that provides for this protection is the Species at Risk Act (SARA), passed by Parliament in […]


Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP)

Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan: An Update on Law and Policy Developments

Over the past 18 months we have seen a rapidly changing law and policy landscape for climate change mitigation in Alberta. The Climate Leadership Plan Changes began in November 2015 with the release of the long anticipated Climate Leadership Plan (the “Plan”).  The Plan, based upon recommendations made in the Climate Change Advisory Panel Report […]


Brenda Heelan Powell
Brenda Heelan Powell is Staff Counsel at the Environmental Law Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

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