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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

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

Recapping the Panel Discussion on the upcoming Trinity Western University Appeals

by Ryan Howes On November 30 and December 1, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) will hear arguments in the Trinity Western University (TWU) appeals. The question: Can the law societies of Ontario and British Columbia refuse to accredit graduates of the TWU’s proposed law school? The point of contention in this case is TWU’s … Read More

Asper Centre to support efforts in challenging solitary confinement in Canada

by Tal Schreier Long periods of solitary confinement can have a devastating impact on the mental and physical well-being of prisoners. Ending solitary confinement is not only morally just but also has practical benefits of improving public safety as prisoners who have been subject to solitary confinement often experience problems re-entering into society and have … Read More

A Preliminary Look at Bill C-59 and its Implications on Canadian Privacy Rights

By Natasha Anzik   The Liberals’ new national security legislation, Bill C-59, was tabled in the House of Commons on June 20th, 2017. The ten-part, 139-page legislation has taken a robust look at the current state of Canadian national security, proposing many changes and additions, but still leaves several gaps in the protection of Canadian … Read More