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Bills of Rights in Canada

When Canadians think of human rights law, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and their provincial human rights Acts are most likely to come to mind. These are the best known and most important human rights instruments. But what is a Bill of Rights and how is that different from these other two human rights […]


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

Dustin Thul
Dustin Thul recently earned his BA and BComm from the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.

The Constitutions of the Maritime Provinces

To understand the constitutional makeup of Canada, one must appreciate an important historical fact: the constitutional heritage of the country is older than the country itself. This is so because several of the provinces that would eventually become part of the Dominion of Canada had their own colonial constitutions before Confederation – before the enactment […]


Mark Rieksts
Mark Rieksts is a lawyer with the Government of Nova Scotia, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.The opinions and statements set out in this article are those of the author alone, and should not be construed as representing those of the Government of Nova Scotia.

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: An Integral Part of our Constitution

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Charter has had a significant impact on our governments and courts and it is a part of our Constitution. How does the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Charter), the Constitution Act, 1982, Schedule B to the Canada Act 1982 […]


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

O Patria: The Patriation Struggles

Should a government fail to respect natural rights, wrote Locke and Rousseau, then disobedience and rebellion were justified. Thus was born the modern notion of human rights. So responsive was this notion that the greatest social revolutions in the history of the western world took place – one in America and the other in France […]


Rob Normey
Rob Normey is a lawyer who has practised in Edmonton for many years and is a long-standing member of several human rights organizations.

Evolution, Not Revolution: Canada’s Constitutional History and the Constitution Act, 1867

You say you want a revolution, Well, you know We all want to change the world You tell me that it’s evolution Well, you know We all want to change the world… You say you’ll change the constitution Well, you know We all want to change your head From “Revolution” by John Lennon and Paul […]


Barbara Billingsley

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