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Vol 38-6: Bench Marks: Cases that Change the Legal Landscape

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Featured Articles: Bench Marks: Cases that Change the Legal Landscape

Special Report: Aboriginal Law



 Featured Articles: Bench Marks: Cases that Change the Legal Landscape

Some decisions our courts make carry the possibility of changing lives (same-sex marriage) and defining our institutions (the Senate).  This issue looks at a few of these “Bench Marks”.

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

Marian Bryant

Some cases have had the effect of changing not only the legal but also the social landscape of Canada. Here is a look at a few of them.

The Increasing Importance of Reference Decisions in Canadian Law

Linda McKay-Panos

Reference Decisions, from the Senate Question to the Nadon decision, are increasingly important in Canadian jurisprudence.

Supreme Court Reins in Social Credit

Rob Normey

This 1938 case has echoed through history with its powerful support for freedom of expression and freedom of the press as necessary aspects of our constitutional democracy.

The Whatcott Case: Balancing Free Speech and Social Harmony

Peter Bowal and Colin McKay

The Whatcott decision highlights the clash of Charter values when evaluating hate speech.


 Special Report: Aboriginal Law

Indian Residential Schools: A Chronology

John Redmond

From 1755 to 2014: a timeline of the Residential Schools tragedy.

The Indian Act – Exemption from Taxation

Hugh Neilson

Interpretations and court decisions have shaped the income tax rules for Canada’s aboriginal people.

Aboriginal Children and Child Welfare Policies

Stephanie Laskoski

The Residential Schools program scarred generations of aboriginal children. Today, child welfare policies have the potential to cause damage too.




A Bench Mark case indeed!

Teresa Mitchell

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Human Rights Law

Human Rights of Transgender Persons

Linda McKay-Panos

Not-for-Profit Law

New Legislation Eases Moves Into or Out of Alberta for Not-For-Profits

Peter Broder

Employment Law

Compassionate Care: A New Basis for Temporary Unpaid Leave from Work

Peter Bowal and Preet Saini

Landlord and Tenant Law

Can a landlord charge a tenant for renovations?

Rochelle Johannson

Family Law

Protection Orders in Dangerous Circumstances

Sarah Dargatz

A Famous Case Revisited

Whatever Happened to … Childs v. Desormeaux: Killer Hospitality

Peter Bowal and Preet Saini



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