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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

Implementing UNDRIP: Opportunities and Challenges

By Catherine Ma On October 22, 2018, the Faculty of Law’s Office of Indigenous Initiatives hosted Professor Brenda Gunn to discuss the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (“UNDRIP”). Her presentation primarily focused upon the opportunities and challenges related to implementing UNDRIP in Canada. UNDRIP enshrines the individual and collective rights of … Read More

Above the Law? Understanding the Notwithstanding Clause

By Catherine Ma On September 20, 2018 the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights convened a panel with U of T Law Professors Yasmin Dawood and Lorraine Weinrib, and Goldblatt Partners’ Steven Barrett to discuss the constitutional challenge to the Better Local Government Act. The proposed legislation would have reduced the size of Toronto’s city … Read More

Tax rule capping charities’ political activity infringes on free expression: ONSC

By Sara Tatelman Courts often breeze by the first step of the Oakes analysis, I remember my first year constitutional law professor telling the class. That is, when determining whether a law infringing on Charter rights is justified, judges tend to give governments the benefit of the doubt that their laws have a legitimate purpose. … Read More

Bill C-59: The Good, the Bad, and Where We’re At

By Patrick Enright When Bill C – 51, the Federal Government’s revised Anti-Terrorism Act, was pushed through Parliament following the attacks on Parliament Hill in 2015, the reaction from the public and civil liberties societies was swift. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association challenged key provisions of the Act under the Charter, and Professors Roach and … Read More