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BCCLA reacts to Supreme Court of Canada upholding strong privacy protections when police collect text messages

Today, December 8, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada issued judgments in two cases critical to defining Canadians’ privacy interests in text messages: R. v. Jones and R. v. Marakah.


Charter Challenge to Law Society’s mandatory Statement of Principles takes on new urgency

On Friday, the Law Society of Upper Canada soundly rejected a motion proposed by Joseph Groia, a prominent Toronto lawyer and bencher of the Law Society, to create an exemption to the new mandatory Statement of Principles for persons who believe the requirement violates their freedom of conscience.


Evangelicals Argue For Religious Freedom At The Supreme Court

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) and Christian Higher Education Canada (CHEC) are co-intervening in the joint Supreme Court of Canada hearings of Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada and Trinity Western University v. The Law Society of British Columbia Society, being held today and tomorrow. They will argue that the refusal of these law societies to accredit TWU’s proposed law school violates TWU’s religious freedom.


Supreme Court of Canada hears Trinity Western law school appeals

Tomorrow, West Coast LEAF is at the Supreme Court of Canada to support the Law Society of British Columbia’s (LSBC) decision to deny accreditation to a proposed law school at Trinity Western University (TWU), an evangelical Christian university located in British Columbia, which requires its students and employees to sign a Community Covenant prohibiting abortion and sex outside heterosexual marriage.


Supreme Court of Canada hears Trinity Western law school appeals

Later this week, West Coast LEAF is intervening at the Supreme Court of Canada to argue against accreditation of a proposed law school for Trinity Western University, an evangelical Christian university based in BC that requires prospective students and employees to sign a Community Covenant prohibiting abortion and sex outside heterosexual marriage.


Fraudsters target elderly woman

Vancouver Police are warning the public about a potential phone scam targeting the elderly.


BCCLA urges deference to membership decisions of private religious organizations

Tomorrow, Thursday, November 2, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear oral arguments in Highwood Congregation v. Wall, a case questioning how fundamental freedoms of religion and association protect membership decisions of religious communities and other voluntary associations from state and judicial interference.


Legal scholar speaks on how law shelters shareholders and coddles capitalism

Legal scholar Harry Glasbeek is speaking on "How Law Shelters Shareholders and Coddles Capitalism" as part of a series on his new book Class Privilege.


Imprisoned Transwomen Are Women

Women’s Wellness Within and Elizabeth Fry Society of Cape Breton respond to Nova Institution for Women: Transwomen are Women.


Privacy Commissioner’s report calls on the RCMP to increase transparency around the use of cellphone surveillance tools

A complaint launched by OpenMedia into the use of IMSI-catchers (a.k.a Stingrays) reveals that six warrantless deployments of the device violated the Charter.


UK MEDIATION AWARENESS WEEK 2017

UK Mediation Awareness Week 2017 will take place from the 14th to the 20th October. Over 30 events will be occurring all over the UK, where the important message of the value of mediation as a way of resolving disputes and conflict will be discussed, explored and highlighted.


Canadian Constitution Foundation granted intervener status in Supreme Court freedom of association case

Today, the Supreme Court of Canada granted the CCF's motion to intervene in a case that will have profound implications for all private civil society organizations, and particularly religious congregations.


Decision: Alberta’s discriminatory beer tax violates Agreement on Internal Trade

Today, an expert panel convened pursuant to the dispute resolution process of the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) ruled that the Government of Alberta’s Small Brewers Development Program, which discriminates against out-of-province craft beers, does not comply with the province’s free trade obligations under Canada’s Agreement on Internal Trade.


Unusual Car Cleanliness Leads to Arrests

On July 6, 2017, shortly before 2 pm, a Richmond resident in the Hamilton area noticed two suspicious men wearing gloves and using a spray bottle to frantically clean a car near her residence. She quickly took a photograph of the men and called police just before they sped away in a second waiting vehicle.


Legal challenge of Safe Third Country Agreement launched

The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR), Amnesty International (AI) and the Canadian Council of Churches announced today that they are launching a legal challenge of the designation of the United States as a safe third country for refugees.

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