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Asper Centre at the Supreme Court of Canada Twice Next Month

  The Asper Centre will be at the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) as an intervener in two separate cases next month: Gillian Frank v Attorney General of Canada and Spencer Dean Bird v Her Majesty the Queen. First up on March 16, 2018 is our intervention in Bird, an important case about prisoners’ rights in Canada.  In this … Read More

A Quick Comparison: The Recent Solitary Confinement Rulings by BCCA and ONCA

By Ryan Howes The British Columbia Court of Appeal (BCCA) and the Ontario Court of Appeal (ONCA) have both recently ruled that the current correctional practice of administrative segregation (or solitary confinement) is unconstitutional. Both ruled the impugned provisions of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA) are invalid pursuant s. 52 (1) of the … Read More

Asper Centre Students in Focus – Natasha Anzik

by Ryan Howes Natasha Anzik worked as a summer research student at the Asper Centre last year for her 1L summer. Natasha was interested in working in constitutional law because she recognizes that it is the “driver of social change.” “I am very happy that I decided to work with the Asper Centre,” said Natasha, … Read More

Panel Discussion with TWU Interveners’ Counsel

By Erika Voaklander and Solomon McKenzie At the end of 2017 the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) heard arguments in the two Trinity Western University (TWU) appeals. The results of the appeals may have wide and deep impacts on the legal profession and on Canada more broadly. On January 18, 2018, the Asper Centre, Out … Read More

Beverley McLachlin: Reflecting on 18 Years and Beyond

By Catherine Ma CBC’s Sunday Edition recently interviewed former Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin prior to her retirement. Chief Justice McLachlin reflected on her own career, as well as the legal system at large. Chief Justice McLachlin emphasized the need for “conscious objectivity” in the legal system: “The job of a judge is not to simply … Read More