The courts must start to interpret the Constitution as written

Government has been changing the nature of the country for many years without any constitutional amendment being enacted

The courts must start to interpret the Constitution as writtenThe federal and provincial governments of Canada have allowed the Constitution’s separation of powers outlined in Section 92 of the British North American (BNA) Act to be blurred – disfigured even. Section 92 (7) outlines exclusive jurisdiction over health to be provincial. But since the introduction of the Canada Health Act, the federal government –…

Why our health system treats Canadians poorly

Do we or the government own our bodies?

Why our health system treats Canadians poorlyFormer B.C. deputy minister of health Lawrie McFarlane’s July 24 commentary on the “Cambie Surgery Centre ruling” (a descriptive that ignores two cancer patients and three children who were co-plaintiffs) contained some valid commentary. The crisis we now face in our health system is there for all to see and observe. Notably, McFarlane offers no solutions.…

Animal welfare laws need to be strengthened in Canada

Gaps in regulations and enforcement leave companion animals, livestock vulnerable to abuse

Animal welfare laws need to be strengthened in CanadaWhen it comes to laws protecting pets and livestock, Canada receives a failing grade. In 2020, an international organization called World Animal Protection gave the country a D, placing it among a group that includes Tanzania, Peru and the United States. The reason for that dismal ranking comes down to the “split jurisdiction” of Canadian federalism, according…

The final act of Boris Johnson’s political career

Johnson got careless and arrogant after only three years in power, assuming he was above the law

The final act of Boris Johnson’s political careerWhen U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson reflects on his political career, there will always be a certain fondness for the Dec. 12, 2019, general election. His Conservative government earned a majority of 80 seats, the party’s largest since 1987. The party also had a net gain of 48 seats and its highest percentage of the…

U.S. Supreme Court was right to overrule Roe versus Wade

If people want to pay for an abortion, and live with the consequences, that’s their choice

U.S. Supreme Court was right to overrule Roe versus WadeOn June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled Roe versus Wade in a 5-4 decision. The controversial 1973 case that made abortion legal in all 50 states was no more. Pro-life supporters celebrated this announcement and declared it a landmark ruling. Pro-choice activists have protested this decision in many U.S. cities. Tensions remain high and…

National research aimed at reforming Canada’s justice system

Experts to examine systemic problems, make evidence-based recommendations

National research aimed at reforming Canada’s justice systemA research team led by a University of Alberta scholar has received nearly $2.5 million in new federal funding for a national research project aimed at reforming the Canadian justice system. The team, headed by sociologist Sandra Bucerius and including the United Way and academic experts on the court and prison systems from across Canada, was awarded a Partnership Grant from…

Earning a law degree fulfils grad’s lifelong dream

Assisting landmark Indigenous cases, Anita Cardinal-Stewart graduates with even stronger passion

Earning a law degree fulfils grad’s lifelong dreamThe caption on her junior-high yearbook photo reads, “Dreams of being a lawyer or an actress.” That was when Anita Cardinal-Stewart was full of hope, and anything seemed possible. But that hope evaporated through her teen years growing up in the Woodland Cree First Nation in northern Alberta. “I started to see how hard it…

Why the U.S. continues to drag its feet on gun control

Gun control is one of many issues on which American elected officials are far out of sync with constituents

Why the U.S. continues to drag its feet on gun controlGolden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is one of the most esteemed personalities in the National Basketball Association. After yet another school shooting in the United States, this time at an elementary school in Texas – following a mass shooting at a grocery store and another at a church – Kerr spoke up. His righteous…

Ottawa needs to reset its relationship with drug developers

Politicians have to stop creating impediments to access

Ottawa needs to reset its relationship with drug developersBy Nigel Rawson and John Adams Macdonald-Laurier Institute On April 14, 2022, Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos announced the federal government’s decision to cancel most of its plan for the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) to regulate significantly lower prices for new medicines in Canada – a mess created five years ago by then Health…

The benefits of mediation over offence-based legal judgments

Studying the history of law in Iran might help point the way to improving legal systems in the West

The benefits of mediation over offence-based legal judgmentsYou might be tempted to think Jairan Gahan’s interest in the legal history of sex in Iran is purely academic. She is most fascinated by the early 20th century, following Iran’s Constitutional Revolution of 1906, when the country was drafting its criminal code. How could that possibly be relevant to life in the modern state, especially…

One Indigenous inquiry after another proves fruitless

All the social and justice indicators show that things have only worsened among Indigenous peoples

One Indigenous inquiry after another proves fruitlessThe March 9, 1988, police shooting of J.J. Harper on the streets of Winnipeg and the much earlier murder of Helen Betty Osborne in The Pas in 1971 led Manitoba Premier Howard Pawley’s government to commission the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry (AJI) on April 13, 1988. This occurred in the middle of the election campaign that…

Will going ‘woke’ ultimately damage Disney?

Has Disney caught the wave of the future? Or will going woke harm The Mouse?

Will going ‘woke’ ultimately damage Disney?To be ‘woke’ is to have the approved left-leaning opinions about race, the ecology and all manner of social justice issues. Since 2018, the maxim “go woke, go broke” has declared that corporations that go out of their way to be ‘progressive’ suffer financially when consumers resist the message. Examples of the truth of the…

Time to unmask the truth about wearing masks

Since 2020 Alberta chiropractors have been required to wear masks. Now one of them has had enough

Time to unmask the truth about wearing masksSince last September, experts have testified at a tribunal hearing for an Alberta chiropractor on how well masks do, or don’t, slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Unfortunately, the chiropractor’s college, YouTube and LinkedIn didn’t want you to know what was said because most of it contradicts what people have been told…

Where do we draw the line on pandemic profiteering?

Vaccines can’t only go to the highest bidder. Industry must be made to do what’s best for the public good

Where do we draw the line on pandemic profiteering?Two years ago, Matt Colvin was the most hated man in America. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, he had almost 18,000 bottles of hand sanitizer and was charging up to $70 per bottle, delivered. Colvin had been making a living by following the supply-and-demand principle of economics. He would study market trends, buy…

Judicial activism riding roughshod over our rights and freedoms

It’s time Canadians stood up and opposed judicial interference

Judicial activism riding roughshod over our rights and freedomsTwo recent provincial court judgments concerning the Charter of Rights and Freedoms are deeply concerning. I’m not a lawyer, but I’ve been around them most of my political life and had the good fortune of having several legal minds in my Newfoundland cabinet to advise me regularly. And going to the Supreme Court of Canada…
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