December 20, 2013
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday struck down three of the country's anti-prostitution laws, finding that they violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. While prostitution is not illegal in Canada, the laws at issue banned keeping a brothel, living on the avails of prostitution, ...[read more]
March 1, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On March 1, 2007, the Supreme Court of Canada held that a decision by the Canadian Parliament in 2000 to deny retroactive survivor benefits to same-sex couples was unconstitutional discrimination under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. That legislation recognized legal rights for same- ...[read more]
February 28, 2013
by Julie Deisher
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Wednesday that limitations on free speech with regards to hate speech are constitutionally valid. Under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, every Canadian is entitled to "freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press ...[read more]
April 29, 2012
by Clay Flaherty
On April 29, 2011, the Canada Supreme Court ruled that Ontario's Agricultural Employees Protection Act (AEPA), which denies agricultural workers the right to unionize and engage in collective bargaining, does not violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The court determined in an 8-1 ...[read more]
March 26, 2012
by Jamie Reese
The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled Monday that provisions of the Canadian Criminal Code place unconstitutional restrictions on prostitutes' ability to protect themselves while others are not a violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The specific provisions involved, § 210... ...[read more]
November 24, 2011
by Michael Haggerson
The Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled on Wednesday that a law banning polygamy was constitutional. The law was under challenge by two bishops of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) who claimed that the law infringed on their religious freedom and was not ...[read more]
October 24, 2011
by Cynthia Miley
On October 24, 2006, the Ontario Superior Court struck down the motive clause of Canada's Anti-Terrorism Act, saying that the law's definition of terrorist activity violated the Canadian Charter on Rights and Freedoms. The lawsuit challenging the statute was brought by Mohammed Momin Khawaja, the... ...[read more]
September 9, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On September 9, 2010, the Ontario Superior Court ruled that the Canadian Blood Services (CBS) was justified in prohibiting sexually active gay males from donating blood. In 2002, Kyle Freeman falsely denied having had sex with other men and subsequently donated blood that tested positive for ...[read more]
June 17, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On June 17, 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled 7-0 in Ontario (Public Safety and Security) v. Criminal Lawyers' Association that Canadians have a limited right to government information if the information is necessary to the effective exercise of the freedom of expression and is not ...[read more]
May 27, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On May 27, 2008, the Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled that Canadian laws on drug possession and trafficking were unconstitutional, violating the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In PHS Community Services Society v. Attorney General of Canada, Justice Ian Pitfield gave the Canadian ...[read more]

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