38-6: Bench Marks Archives - LawNow Magazine

The Whatcott Case: Balancing Free Speech and Social Harmony

Introduction: a Clash of Rights The freedoms of conscience, religion, thought, belief, opinion and expression comprise some of our “fundamental freedoms” listed in section 2 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  They assure the free exchange of ideas, the practice of one’s faith, the development of new ways of thinking and valuable social, legal, […]


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

Colin McKay
Colin McKay will graduate this year (2014) with a B.Comm. from the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary.

Supreme Court Reins in Social Credit

The Reference Re Alberta Statutes case of 1938 (Reference Re Alberta Statutes – The Bank Taxation Act; The Credit of Alberta Regulation Act; and the Accurate News and Information Act, [1938] SCR 100 ) has been written about elsewhere but this monumental decision of the Supreme Court continues to possess vitality and serves as an inspiration […]


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.

The Increasing Importance of Reference Decisions in Canadian Law

Over the past several years, there have been a number of very significant reference decisions that have and will affect Canada’s legal landscape. A reference case is different than a regular civil or criminal case that involves litigating parties.  In a reference, the federal or provincial government submits questions to the courts asking for an […]


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

Landmark Cases: Cases which have changed the Legal and Social Landscape of Canada

Judgments may constitute landmark decisions in the social context of their time such as the Persons Case (Edwards v. Canada (Attorney General), 1930 ) — where the Privy Council determined that women were eligible to be appointed to the Senate — but may not seem so very startling to our modern sensibilities. Although the Privy Council […]


Marian Bryant
Marian Bryant is a lawyer living and working in Iqaluit.

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