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Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

There is clear scientific consensus that anthropogenic climate change is happening and will cause unavoidable and irreversible impacts. Despite the full implications of climate change remaining uncertain, there is a recognized need to act locally, provincially, nationally and internationally in order to mitigate harm to people and the planet arising from these climate change impacts. […]

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

Rebecca Kauffman
Rebecca Kauffman is Staff Counsel at the Environmental Law Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.
 

Do Books Relieve Children’s Pain During Divorce?

Families are no longer as secure as they used to be. The process of divorce and separation can deeply affect children, as can exposure to new types of family structures. Children may feel stressed, frustrated and confused. When parents separate or divorce, children may: have difficulties accepting the situation; struggle to accept that their parents […]

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Myrna El Fakhry Tuttle
Myrna El Fakhry Tuttle, JD, MA, LLM, is the Research Associate at the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre in Calgary, Alberta.
 

HUMAN RIGHTS | Solitary Confinement is a Human Rights Issue

Mahatma Ghandi once said: “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” Canada has used solitary confinement for prisoners for decades. In the past several years, solitary confinement has been the subject of criticism from civil libertarians and mental health advocates. Usually, solitary confinement involves isolating inmates in a small cell […]

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Linda McKay-Panos
Linda McKay-Panos, BEd, JD, LLM, is the Executive Director of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre in Calgary, Alberta.
 

NOT-FOR-PROFIT | What’s a member and what rights do a member have?

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal case, Aga v. Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church of Canada (Aga), provides some insight into the vexing question of the extent of “member” rights in not-for-profit organizations. Although the idea of such rights seems straightforward, it is anything but. The litigation in AGA came about because the membership status of […]

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Peter Broder
Peter Broder is Policy Analyst and General Counsel at The Muttart Foundation in Edmonton, Alberta. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Foundation.
 

44-4: Climate Change

Volume 44-4  Mar/Apr 2020 Table of Contents Feature Articles: Climate Change Special Report: Children’s Stories and the Law Departments Columns Climate change is one of today’s hottest topics. This issue looks at different aspects of the topic – from mitigation and adaptation, to legislation and legal challenges. We also report on how children’s stories teach […]

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Jessica Steingard
Jessica Steingard
Jessica Steingard, BCom, JD, is a staff lawyer at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta.
 

PLAIN LANGUAGE | Editing Tools

Using tools to analyze and measure language simplifies plain language writing and editing. At CPLEA, we use a combination of tools to look at where and how to clarify our writing: Microsoft Word: The most common plain language editor has some powerful built-in features. Hemingway Editor: Loyal to its namesake, the Hemingway Editor helps you […]

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Dave Pettitt
Dave Pettitt manages the Centre for Public Legal Education websites and has specialized in SEO and digital marketing for legal websites for over 20 years.
 

YOUTH & THE LAW | Social Media Terms of Use: I agree?

We’ve all done it. Scrolled quickly through legal terms and clicked “I Agree” without reading a word. If you’re like me, you think, well how bad can these terms and conditions be? Everyone is using this app. But what exactly are you agreeing to? In this column, we’ll look at the terms of use for […]

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Jessica Steingard
Jessica Steingard
Jessica Steingard, BCom, JD, is a staff lawyer at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta.
 

HOUSING | Alberta’s New Condominium Regulations: Rental deposits

This article is part of a multi-part article series on Alberta’s new condominium regulations. Stay tuned for our next article on condominium insurance. On January 1, 2020, revised condominium governance regulations came into effect in Alberta. One of the changes has to do with rental deposits. As you may already know, whenever you (the condominium […]

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Judy Feng
Judy Feng
Judy Feng, BCom, JD, is a staff lawyer at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Centre.
 

FAMOUS CASES | Provinces Leaving Canada Part II: The Clarity Act

The obligations we have identified are binding obligations under the Constitution of Canada. However, it will be for the political actors to determine what constitutes “a clear majority on a clear question” in the circumstances under which a future referendum vote may be taken. – Reference Re Secession of Quebec, [1998] 2 SCR 217 at […]

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

Mackenzie Bowal
Mackenzie Bowal is studying business and computer science at the University of Calgary.
 

Kids facing effects of climate change are taking their governments to court

In November, more than 11,000 scientists declared that the climate emergency has arrived and drastic action is required. Frustrated by government failure to respond adequately, citizens are taking to the courts. The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law reports at least 1,390 legal challenges to governments and fossil fuel corporations in more than 25 countries since 1990. These cases are […]

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Margot Young
Margot Young is professor at the Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia. She teaches and researches in the areas of constitutional law, social justice, and feminist theory. She is active in the community, serving as Chair of the David Suzuki Foundation Board of Directors and a member of the Board of Directors of Justice for Girls. She is a Broadbent Fellow with the Broadbent Institution, a Research Associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative-BC Office, and a Visiting International Scholar with the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
 


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