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Asper Centre Clinic Student Reflects on Drafting the Bird Intervention Factum

by Becky Lockert This past fall, the Supreme Court of Canada granted the Asper Centre leave to intervene in R v Bird, a case that ties questions of access to justice and constitutionalism to the doctrine of collateral attack. The question at the heart of the case is, from the Asper Centre’s perspective, whether a … Read More

Asper Centre at the Supreme Court of Canada Twice Next Month

  The Asper Centre will be at the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) as an intervener in two separate cases next month: Gillian Frank v Attorney General of Canada and Spencer Dean Bird v Her Majesty the Queen. First up on March 16, 2018 is our intervention in Bird, an important case about prisoners’ rights in Canada.  In this … 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

Ktunaxa Nation: A Lost Opportunity

By Patrick Enright   Indigenous Religion and the Court: A Lost Opportunity to Revise Religious Freedom Under the Charter Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Canada delivered its much awaited freedom of religion decision in the case of Ktunaxa Nation Council v British Columbia. Put simply, we could have waited longer. The decision marks … Read More