According to law professor Jane Bailey, inaccessibility of justice is becoming an increasingly prevalent problem for middle-class Canadians. Exorbitant fees and lengthy timelines often act as barriers for many who may be interested in having their concerns formally heard and addressed through the … [Read more...]
Prostitution Law in Canada: Will the Charter Dialogue Continue?
Constitutional law experts, such as Peter Hogg, speak about the relationship between the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) and Parliament as a “dialogue”. Parliament passes a law, which might later be challenged as being contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (“Charter”). Often, after … [Read more...]
Bench Press: What do We Mean by Public Standing?
In British Columbia, an individual and a Society in Vancouver who have worked with prostitutes for over 30 years asked for standing to challenge Canada’s prostitution laws under the Charter. The Supreme Court of Canada said that in determining whether to grant public standing to applicants, courts … [Read more...]
The Lastest News on Prostitution in Canada
Canada’s prostitution laws are once again in the news. On September 21, 2012 the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in the case of Attorney General of Canada v. Downtown Eastside Sex Workers United Against Violence Society, that the Society had standing to bring a constitutional challenge to … [Read more...]
Prostitution in Canada: The Big Picture
Recent developments in Canadian prostitution law prompt an examination of some very important legal, moral and philosophical issues. For many years, the act of selling sex has not been illegal in Canada. However, several activities associated with prostitution are illegal: including communicating in … [Read more...]