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Beyond freedoms: the administrative underbelly of the Trinity Western decision

By Sara Tatelman The Supreme Court of Canada may have divided 7-2 on whether law societies must accredit Trinity Western University’s proposed law school, but the split was much narrower when it came to the nitty-gritty of administrative law. While the five-justice majority accepted the Doré/Loyola framework for judicial review of administrative law decisions, the … Read More

Meeting Susan Ursel, the Asper Centre’s next Constitutional Litigator-in-Residence

By Sara Tatelman When you walk into the waiting room at labour law firm Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP, you’re greeted by large black-and-white photographs of Canadians at work and, in silver sans-serif type mounted on the back wall, an unattributed quote: “The philosophers have only interpreted the world. The point is to change it.” … Read More

Procedural delays prevent constitutional answers in B.C. Medicare case

By Sara Tatelman It is a truth universally acknowledged that a first-year law student in possession of a jam-packed schedule must be in want of an excuse to skip Legal Process class. But as we see in Cambie Surgeries Corporation v. British Columbia (Attorney General), both ignorance and careful manipulation of the smallest rules of … Read More

Selected responses to R v Comeau

By Sara Tatelman Beer remains imprisoned by provincial borders. In 2012, Gerard Comeau of Tracadie, N.B. was fined nearly $300 for bringing 15 cases of beer and three bottles of spirits from Quebec to New Brunswick. His battle against the law behind that fine has finally wound its way up through the courts. Last month, … Read More

Asper Centre Student Working Groups Making an Impact

by Tal Schreier University of Toronto law students can become involved in the Asper Centre’s work through volunteering with one of our student working groups. The working groups are student-led initiatives that bring together 10-15 students to work in conjunction with academics, civil society groups or members of the bar on Charter rights advocacy or … Read More