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Democrats v USSC: The Constitutionality of Court-packing

By: Jasmit De Saffel The Asper Centre’s first Constitutional Roundtable of the year transported the room two years ahead into a hypothetical future where the Democrats have won the U.S. 2020 election. In a world where the Democrats control Congress and the White House, how would they navigate a Supreme Court standing in ideological opposition … Read More

Frank v Canada: Contrasting the Section 1 Analyses

By: Sahil Kesar and Jasmit De Saffel On January 11, 2019 the Supreme Court issued its decision on the constitutional challenge to provisions of the Canada Elections Act detailing residence requirements for voting in federal elections. The provisions in question denied the right to vote in federal elections to Canadian citizens residing abroad for five consecutive … Read More

Reflecting on the Sex-Ed Charter Challenge

By: Leslie Anne St. Amour Now that the Constitutional challenge to the Ford government’s repeal of the 2015 sex-ed curriculum has been heard by the court, I am reflecting on why I wanted to work on this project as an Asper Centre Clinic student last term. The repeal of the 2015 sex-ed curriculum was terrifying … Read More

Unbiased Policing and the Legalization of Cannabis

by Jasmit de Saffel On October 18th, 2018 two Toronto Police Service (TPS) Sergeants came to the University of Toronto law school to present about the comprehensive training police officers go through to reduce their implicit biases on the job. The presenters were engaging, introspective and candid about the mistakes Toronto Police has made in … Read More

Reflections at the Asper Centre’s Ten Year Anniversary Event

  by Josh Foster On October 17th, the University of Toronto Faculty of Law opened its doors in celebration of the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights’ 10th Anniversary. To borrow from the submissions of Joseph Arvay in Carter v Canada (Attorney General), the Asper Centre’s 10th Anniversary was a “momentous occasion”.   Founded through the generous donation of UofT Law alumnus David Asper (LLM ’07), the Asper Centre has marshalled students, … Read More