The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Fundamental Freedoms, Part 2 The Living Tree

Last week, this blog provided an overview of the fundamental freedoms granted by Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. However, the freedoms within Section 2 go far beyond their most literal meaning. Our Charter is interpreted by what is known as the Living Tree Doctrine. Our world has changed considerably since […]

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Fundamental Freedoms, Part 1

April 17th marked the 35th anniversary of The Canadian Charterof Rights and Freedoms. To celebrate this milestone we will be sharing with you 35 blogs that highlight the profound impact of this document. Check in every week to learn about the fact, evolution, advocates, and effect The Charter has had in Canadian society! Our country […]

Fentanyl, a deadly synthetic opioid – It was only half a pill that killed him

At the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs we have been studying the fatal impact of fentanyl on our Canadian streets. Senator Vern White has introduced Bill S-225, to regulate the ingredients required to make fentanyl. These ingredients are called precursors, substances that are used to make the illicit drug. Fentanyl is a […]

What Happens if Bill C-14 is Not Passed by June 6?

Monday, June 6 is a day that has been circled on many Canadians’ calendars. On June 6 it will no longer be a crime for a physician to provide medical assistance in dying to those who fit the criteria as they were set out in the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Carter v. Canada. Many […]

Implementing Change in Carding Procedures

Over the last few months I have spoken out incessantly against the carding / street check practices that have been taking place across Ontario, as well as throughout Canada. I am extremely happy to hear that the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services has proposed two regulations, one new and one amended, to […]

Why is Violence Against Women Still Happening?

As most people know, women’s rights have been a major focus of mine, particularly the continued prevalence of violence against women (VAW). This kind of assault on humanity takes many forms, which I would like to bring to public attention and begin a dialogue on over the next few months. The United Nations (1993) defines […]

President Buhari, Bring Back Our Chibok Girls

Over a year ago, the world watched in horror as more than 200 Chibok girls were abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Boko Haram is an extremist group that has been terrorizing the region ever since 2002. They are responsible for an attack on a UN building in Abuja, and numerous kidnappings of young girls […]

Understanding Human Trafficking: the first step in fighting it

Understanding Human Trafficking: the first step in fighting it Often times when we think of human trafficking, our thoughts go straight to what we see in the movies: twenty-something women huddled in a dark house, forced into violent forms of sexual exploitation. That is part of the unfortunate truth, but human trafficking is much more […]

Pink Shirt Day

February 25th was Pink Shirt Day. Pink Shirt Day brings awareness to the important fight against bullying in this country. The many pink shirts worn on this day remind all of us that we must remain intolerant to bullying. As parliamentarians, we have a duty to ensure that everyone can feel safe. But bullying is […]

My Reflections on Bill C-36 – Part 4

Over the past few blog posts, (part 1, part 2, part 3) I have outlined some of my opinions on bill C-36. In this final post on the matter (for now) I would like to look at the issue from a new angle: let us look forward. What does it mean for Canada now that […]