The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Democratic Rights, Part 2 The Evolving Charter

In my last entry for this series, I demonstrated how the democratic rights outlined in sections 3-5 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms were designed to prevent the return of laws from Canadian history that either disenfranchised specific groups or interfered with the fairness of elections. However, by the time the Charter was […]

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Democratic Rights, Part 1 Introduction

Starting this week, this blog series will be moving on to a new set of rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: The democratic rights under Sections 3 to 5! This week, I will provide a general overview of these democratic rights, which will act as context for the next entries in the […]

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Fundamental Freedoms, Part 5 Major Court Cases

Frequent readers of this series might notice a common theme among the entries I have posted so far. In each section, I outlined how the fundamental freedoms in Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms go beyond their literal meaning. In particular, parts 2 and 3 of this series showed how the […]

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Fundamental Freedoms, Part 4 The Charter in our daily lives

In my last blog entries, I have mainly focused on how the fundamental freedoms in Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms have changed Canada on a societal level. This is because of the Charter’s nature. The Charter can only compel action from governments in Canada. It cannot affect the actions of […]

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Fundamental Freedoms, Part 3 Reasonable Limitations

Over the last two weeks, this blog has provided an in-depth look into how the fundamental freedoms in Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms allow Canadians to express themselves, follow any religion and assemble as they wish. However, these rights are not limitless. All Charter rights are subject to Section 1, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]