Right to Protest on Canadian University Campuses
Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre Blog
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1M ago
By Myrna El Fakhry Tuttle Protest encampments on Canadian university campuses have been dealt with variously. Some universities have allowed the encampment to stay on campus while negotiating with the student protesters. Some have issued trespass notices and have ordered the encampment to be removed, with the help of the police, within hours of its set up. Yet other universities have filed for an injunction – that was denied by the court — to dismantle the encampment. The Right to Protest The right to protest is constitutionally protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the Cha ..read more
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Canada is not yet Ready to Expand its Medical Assistance in Dying Legislation
Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre Blog
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3M ago
By Myrna El Fakhry Tuttle Reposted from LawNow with permission Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) laws were set to change in March 2024 to include mental disorders. But the federal government has once again delayed implementation until at least March 2027. Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) was legalized in Canada in 2016 and became available to eligible adults with terminal illnesses. In 2021, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying) expanded MAID to include people whose natural death was not considered reasonably foreseeable. The 2021 changes came in response ..read more
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Federal Court Rules that the Government’s Invocation of the Emergencies Act on February 14, 2022, was Unreasonable and not Justified.
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4M ago
By Myrna El Fakhry Tuttle Case Commented On:  Canadian Frontline Nurses v  Canada (Attorney General), 2024 FC 42 (CanLII).  On January 23, 2024, Justice Richard Mosley of the Federal Court ruled that the government was unreasonable and not justified when it invoked the Emergencies Act (the Act) on February 14, 2022, in order to deal with protests in various parts of the country. This ruling came almost a year after the Commissioner of the Emergencies Act inquiry, Justice Paul Rouleau, found that the government met the threshold for invoking the Emergencies Act. Background On Feb ..read more
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Are Canada’s Air Passenger Protection Regulations Working?
Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre Blog
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7M ago
By Myrna El Fakhry Tuttle Reposted from LawNow 47(5) with permission Canada’s Air Passenger Protection Regulations protect passengers traveling to, from or within Canada, including by setting out compensation rules for when flights are delayed or cancelled. When something goes wrong with our flight, we get very annoyed. Nowadays, there are a lot of complaints about airlines delaying and cancelling flights and their refusal to or delay in paying compensation, as well as staff shortages. Air Passenger Protection Regulations Since December 2019, the Air Passenger Protection Regulations  ..read more
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The Impact of Canadian Wildfires on Indigenous Rights
Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre Blog
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10M ago
By Hani Lee Out-of-control wildfires are making headlines across Canada. Wildfires are natural phenomena that occur every year, but the destruction started earlier in the season this year and with greater force. The size and intensity of these fires have dramatically increased in recent years due to climate change, causing alarming disruptions to ecosystems and communities alike. Indigenous peoples, due to their close connection with land, bear a disproportionate share of the burden, including increased risks to health from wildfire smoke and pollution, displacement from their traditional terr ..read more
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Public Trust Doctrine and Climate Litigation in Canada
Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre Blog
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11M ago
By Myrna El Fakhry Tuttle The right to a healthy environment is making headway thanks to case law against governments arguing the public trust doctrine and with changes under Bill S-5 to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.  Today, climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing us globally. Climate change affects countries, including Canada, where temperatures are rising above the global average. Climate change can be addressed through litigation, which has been used to challenge governments’ actions in this field. Particularly, we see young people expressing their ..read more
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The Many Forms of Harassment
Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre Blog
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11M ago
By Temitope Oluleye Harassment may exist in many forms, including discrimination under human rights laws, a workplace hazard, sexual harassment, and bullying. Harassment is the act of treating another person in a way that causes them to feel insulted, demeaned, sad and sometimes unsafe. It can take many forms including bullying, racial harassment, and sexual harassment. What can harassment look like? It can mean annoying, intimidating, threatening, or bullying another person. It also includes tormenting a person by persistent attacks or criticism, or subjecting that person to uninvited or unwe ..read more
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What You Need to Know about Bill 80 and the Alberta Human Rights Act
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1y ago
By Charlotte Dalwood The Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2021 (no. 2), otherwise known as Bill 80, came into force on December 08, 2021 and made several consequential changes to the Alberta Human Rights Act (“the Act”). Bill 80 passed the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as part of a series of Acts intended to cut regulatory red-tape and make it easier for Albertans to access government programs and services. It clarified, modernized, or otherwise updated the Act in five key areas: (1) the Alberta Human Rights Commission’s bylaw-making authority; (2) the Director’s powers and role; (3) s ..read more
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Sexual Assault is on the Rise in Canada
Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre Blog
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1y ago
By Myrna El Fakhry Tuttle Though sexual assault is the only violent crime in Canada not declining, many incidents are not reported to police for reasons including victim blaming and low confidence in the justice system. In August 2022, Statistics Canada reported that sexual assault is the only violent crime in Canada not declining. According to the report, the sexual assault rate in 2021 was the highest since 1996. There were more than 34,200 reports of sexual assault in Canada in 2021, an 18 per cent increase from 2020. Despite the increase in reporting, the number of sexual assault ..read more
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Racial Bullying in Schools
Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre Blog
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1y ago
By Myrna El Fakhry Tuttle Studies show a majority of students have witnessed or experienced racism at school, with implications for both students and teachers. A majority of students in Canada have either witnessed or experienced racism at their schools, according to a 2021 survey by the Angus Reid Institute in partnership with the University of British Columbia (ARI/UBC Survey). In this context, racism likely means racial discrimination as opposed to systemic racism. The ARI/UBC Survey said 58% of respondents had seen kids insulted, bullied, or excluded based on their race ..read more
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