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McLachlin intervened to allow LGBTQ groups into Trinity Western case

(subscription) (subscription)Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Beverley McLachlin varied the order of one of her colleagues on the bench — a...

Choose Supreme Court justices on the basis of merit — and nothing else

(subscription)But the most poignant cautionary tale belongs to current Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin — the first woman to serve in that role on the...

Supreme Court once again comes down hard on child porn

(subscription)Justice Thomas Cromwell, who is due to retire in September, said, in writing what will be his last decision for the court, “A reasonable...

Supreme Court once again comes down hard on child porn

(subscription) (subscription)Justice Thomas Cromwell, who is due to retire in September, said, in writing what will be his last decision for the court, “A...

Top court upholds military justice system

(subscription)The Supreme Court of Canada has found defence ministers, even though they are political players, are the only ones who can appeal the decisions...

Three years too long to wait for trial, Supreme Court of Canada rules

Canadian Lawyer Magazine (subscription)Writing for the court, Justice Michael Moldaver called the “overall delay in a case of moderate complexity” a “forest.” He continued, “Despite...

Three years too long to wait for trial, Supreme Court of Canada rules

Canadian Lawyer Magazine (subscription)Writing for the court, Justice Michael Moldaver called the “overall delay in a case of moderate complexity” a “forest.” He continued, “Despite...

Don't like C-14? Pass it anyway.

(subscription)Bill C-14, the government's response to the Carter Supreme Court ruling on medical assistance in dying, is generating a lot of criticism from diametrically...

Don't like C-14? Pass it anyway.

(subscription)Bill C-14, the government's response to the Carter Supreme Court ruling on medical assistance in dying, is generating a lot of criticism from diametrically...

Assisted death amendments voted down

(subscription) (subscription)With just one week to go, the federal government acknowledged publicly for the first time Monday that it may not be able to...

Supreme Court protects World Bank from disclosing evidence in SNC Lavalin bribery case

(subscription) (subscription)If there were to be such an “implied” waiver, Justices Michael Moldaver and Suzanne Côté, writing for the court, said, the World Bank...

Supreme Court protects World Bank from disclosing evidence in SNC Lavalin bribery case

(subscription) (subscription)If there were to be such an “implied” waiver, Justices Michael Moldaver and Suzanne Côté, writing for the court, said, the World Bank...

Survey suggests victims of communism memorial will be scaled down and moved

(subscription) (subscription)... planned to locate the originally large-scaled memorial on a premium plot of land next to the Supreme Court, but had drawn significant...

Justice & Security

(subscription) (subscription)OTTAWA – An internal audit has uncovered numerous gaps in the federal border agency's efforts to prevent dangerous cargo and people from entering...

Supreme Court

(subscription) (subscription)In its first-ever ruling on Canada's infanticide law, the has unanimously opted to uphold the law by dismissing an appeal in Queen...

Beverley Mclachlin

(subscription) (subscription)The reasoning in his decision while on the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal in the Marshall / Bernard case, which involved aboriginals cutting...

Thomas Cromwell

(subscription) (subscription)Supreme Court Justice is retiring in September, setting the stage for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's first appointment to the high court. Cromwell,...

criminal code

(subscription)The Supreme Court ruled last winter that Criminal Code provisions prohibiting physician-assisted death were unconstitutional, and gave the federal government and provincial legislatures until...

Jim Hillyer

(subscription) (subscription)When Conservative Deputy Leader Denis Lebel noted in French that the budget “confirmed their fears” of a $30 billion deficit and quoted la...

Ian Binnie

(subscription)None of those expenses should have been charged to taxpayers, a former Supreme Court justice said Monday even as he slashed the total amount...

Supreme Court

(subscription) (subscription)In its first-ever ruling on Canada's infanticide law, the has unanimously opted to uphold the law by dismissing an appeal in Queen...

Melanie Joly

(subscription) (subscription)The former government's plans to locate the memorial on a choice plot of land beside the Supreme Court drew protests from a number...

Stephen Harper

(subscription)The Supreme Court of Canada overturned mandatory minimum sentences for gun possession and the Abolition of Early Parole Act. It tossed a law passed...

Trudeau's Senate reform plan isn't perfect — but it beats the status quo

(subscription) (subscription)In a subsequent attempt, the PMO manipulated the process so that its preferred candidate (Marc Nadon) would be selected in spite of some...

Trudeau's Senate reform plan isn't perfect — but it beats the status quo

(subscription) (subscription)In a subsequent attempt, the PMO manipulated the process so that its preferred candidate (Marc Nadon) would be selected in spite of some...

The RCMP wants more online surveillance power. We should say no.

(subscription) (subscription)He finally blew a tire when he openly attacked the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in a spurious and spiteful way over...

SCC to rule on limits of bestiality in Canadian law

(subscription) (subscription)A group called Animal Justice appeared as an intervener Monday at the Supreme Court of Canada in a bestiality case, arguing that animals...

Five ways Stephen Harper left his mark on Canada

(subscription) (subscription)But even though Harper has appointed most of the nine-member Supreme Court of Canada, the Conservative agenda has run into a brick wall,...

Supreme Court tackles thorny question of who qualifies as a 'status Indian'

(subscription) (subscription)After 16 years of litigation, a historic case that could add a million more people to the number of Aboriginal Canadians funded by...

Record shows Sheriff Steve's not so tough on crime after all

(subscription) (subscription)For years, Harper has tried to impose his political will on Canada's justice system — including a frontal assault on the Chief Justice...

Vast majority of Canadians trust Supreme Court, including most Tories

(subscription) (subscription)When the Prime Minister's Office suggested last summer that the chief justice of the Supreme Court meddled inappropriately in the attempted appointment of...

Why Stephen Harper should be in court — under oath

(subscription) (subscription)The Supreme Court didn't “get over it” and rejected Nadon. Harper went for Beverly McLachlin's throat. The PMO also vetted the appointment of...

Spies, lies and the myth of 'oversight' at CSIS

(subscription) (subscription)Recall that it was Galati who taught the prime minister and company a sharp lesson about the Constitution when he scuttled Harper's plans...

Canada 2020: Distinct society now a fait accompli, says Fournier

(subscription) (subscription)The Supreme Court has also recognized Quebec's unique standing in several judgments, he added including the recent decision on the eligibility of Supreme...

Stephen Harper's comeback plan: distraction

(subscription) (subscription)The prime minister's latest foray into one-man government was his recent end-run around a special House of Commons committee reviewing his nominations to...

Mulroney retunes the Harper critique

(subscription) (subscription)Last week Mulroney let loose with a deluge of criticism of Harper ranging from Canada's troubled relationships with the United Nations and Barack...

The Conservatives in 2014 — tired, angry and out of tricks

(subscription) (subscription)But when Harper lashed out at Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin earlier this year, it seemed less like calculation and more like a tantrum.

Stephen Harper v. Canada

(subscription) (subscription)Why do so-called “special interest groups” challenge laws? Because the average Canadian can't afford to. Supreme Court Justice Beverly McLachlin has spoken out...

RCMP union ban a constitutional violation, Supreme Court told

Toronto Star (subscription)A nearly century-old ban on Mounties forming a union underwent the ultimate litmus test Tuesday at the Supreme Court, where critics argued the...