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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…

Banks and Consumer Protection: Not Exclusively Parliament’s Jurisdiction

(Disponible en français : Banques et protection des consommateurs – Une compétence fédérale, mais pas exclusivement) In recent rulings, the Supreme Court of Canada clarified some constitutional issues concerning federal and provincial authority in regulating certain banking practices. Section 91(15) of the Constitution Act, 1867 gives Parliament the power to regulate “banking, incorporation of banks…

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

(Disponible en français : Les droits linguistiques des francophones de l’Ouest devant la Cour suprême… aujourd’hui) 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…