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The Role of the Supreme Court of Canada – Membership and the Nomination Process

Maxime Charron-Tousignant Robin MacKay Legal and Social Affairs Division The Supreme Court of Canada was created by Statute in 1875 and since that time its membership and nomination process have evolved considerably. The Court acts as a general court of appeal for Canada, deriving its authority from section 101 of the Constitution Act, 1867 and…

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The Supreme Court Decision on Assisted Suicide

Martha Butler Legal and Social Affairs Division 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 rights under section 7 of the Canadian…

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Language Rights of Francophones in Western Canada to Be Heard by the Supreme Court … Today

Marie-Ève Hudon Legal and Social Affairs Division The accused and their court challenge Today the Supreme Court will hear the case between Her Majesty the Queen, et al. (respondents) and Gilles Caron, et al. (appellants), a francophone Albertan charged with an offence under Alberta’s Traffic Safety Act. Another Albertan facing similar charges, Pierre Boutet, joined…

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Lawful Access and Privacy: The Legislative Framework

Dara Lithwick and Dominique Valiquet, Legal and Social Affairs Division This HillNote is the first in a series of four. (Aussi disponsible en français: Accès légal et vie privée : le cadre législatif) Lawful access is an investigation technique used by national security and law enforcement agencies. It entails the interception of private communications and the seizure…