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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

Evaluating Ontario’s Proposed Police Legislation

By Sarah Strban   A (Slightly) Safer Ontario On November 2nd, the Ontario Legislature tabled an omnibus bill that comprehensively overhauls the province’s police oversight system. Bill 175, The Safer Ontario Act, is intended to resolve many of the oversight issues raised by Justice Michael Tulloch in his April report. Among them, the Bill clarifies … Read More

Constitutional Roundtable Recap

By Ryan Howes   Alistair Price on “The Relationship between Constitutional and Tort Damages for State Failures to Protect in Canada, England, and South Africa” On November 29, 2017, the Asper Centre Constitutional Roundtable hosted Alistair Price, Associate Professor in Law, University of Cape Town. Price’s presentation was titled “The Relationship between Constitutional and Tort … Read More