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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 […]

Authors:

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

Quebec’s Need for Cultural and Linguistic Protection, the Notwithstanding Clause, and the Demise of the Meech Lake Accord

For careful observers of Canadian culture and politics, there was an obvious irony attached to the House of Commons motion that was approved in November of 2006, recognizing Quebec’s special place in Confederation. The motion garnered 265 yeas and a mere 16 nays and stated: “Que cette Chambre reconnaisse que les Quebecoises et les Quebecois […]

Authors:

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.
 

Human Rights and Québec’s Charter of Values

On Thursday, November 7, 2013, the Québec government tabled its Charter of Values, Bill 60. The Bill provides that public body personnel must maintain religious neutrality in the exercise of their functions. It also restricts personnel from wearing objects “such as headgear, clothing, jewelry or other adornments which, by their conspicuous nature, overtly indicate a […]

Authors:

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

Can We Help You With Christmas?

For many of us, this time of year is a time for personal reflection, and pondering what the next year will bring. The theme of “The Law and Christmas” brings to mind the debate around the appropriateness of Christmas in the public sphere within a multicultural society – a debate that we mostly hear coming […]

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Alberta Law Libraries
Alberta Law Libraries
Alberta Law Libraries (ALL) is a network of law libraries across the province existing to provide research support and information services to the legal community, self represented litigants and all Albertans.
 

Situation in the Supreme Court

An interesting and unprecedented situation is unfolding at the Supreme Court of Canada. The newest designate to the Court, Marc Nadon, has stepped aside for the time being because a challenge to his appointment has been filed.  A Toronto lawyer alleges that Justice Nadon does not meet the requirements for a judge from Quebec under […]

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Teresa Mitchell
Teresa Mitchell
Teresa Mitchell is the Acting Editor and Legal Writer for LawNow Magazine at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. www.cplea.ca
 


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