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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

Supreme Court Moves Voting Rights into Globalization Era in Frank Decision

by Jasmit de Saffel In its first decision of the year, the Supreme Court of Canada sided with Canadian ex-pats in a case about their voting rights. Chief Justice Wagner held that “citizenship, not residence, defines our political community and underpins the right to vote” (para 35). Frank v Canada had been initiated by two … Read More

Dunsmuir Revisited: Questioning the Standard of Review

by Catherine Ma Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Canada heard the appeals in Minister of Citizenship and Immigration v Alexander Vavilov, Bell Canada et al v Attorney General of Canada, and National Football League et al v Attorney General of Canada. The Supreme Court explicitly declared that these cases offered “an opportunity to consider … Read More

Asper Centre Files Submissions on Administrative Segregation

by Jasmit de Saffel On November 19, 2018, the Asper Centre filed submissions to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security in regards to the use of administrative segregation in Canadian correctional facilities and the proposed amendments to the legislation under Bill C-83. The submissions were prepared by the Executive Director, Cheryl Milne, … 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