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In retrospect: The 10th Anniversary of the Supreme Court Decision in Canada (House of Commons) v. Vaid, and the Future of Parliamentary Privilege

(Disponible en français : Coup d’œil rétrospectif : Le 10e anniversaire de la décision Canada (Chambre des communes) c. Vaid de la Cour suprême et l’avenir du privilège parlementaire) Ten years ago, in May 2005, the Supreme Court of Canada released a landmark decision that clarified the scope and application of parliamentary privilege. The decision,…

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Mandatory Minimum Sentences and Section 12 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

(Disponible en français : Les peines minimales obligatoires et l’article 12 de la Charte canadienne des droits et libertés) On 14 April 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in R. v. Nur, a case that challenged the constitutionality of mandatory minimum sentences for the possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with…

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The Supreme Court Decision on Assisted Suicide

(Disponible en français : La décision de la Cour suprême sur le suicide assisté) On 6 February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision on a constitutional challenge of the prohibition in the Criminal Code against assisted suicide. The Court held unanimously in Carter v. Canada (Attorney General) that the prohibition violates the…

800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta

(Disponible en français : Le 800e anniversaire de la Magna Carta) In June 2015, the Magna Carta will mark its 800th anniversary. This anniversary presents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on how our fundamental legal principles have emerged, how they have endured, and how they continue to be put to the test in our…

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Big Data and the Big Picture in Criminal Investigations

Tanya Dupuis and Christine Morris Legal Affairs and Social Affairs Division This HillNote is the second in a series of four. (Aussi disponsible en français : Mégadonnées et vue d’ensemble dans les enquêtes criminelles) Given the ubiquity of communication technologies and the potential for the Internet to be used in criminal activities, telecommunications data are becoming…