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“Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Safe Third has got to go! Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Safe Third has got to go!”

by Karen Chen, Shelby Rooney and Anju Xing Dozens gathered in front of the Federal Court in Toronto this Monday, Nov. 4 to chant along in support of a legal challenge against the United States’ designation as a “safe country” under the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA). A challenge years in the making, Asper Centre … Read More

First Nations Child Welfare: the Challenges of Overcoming Colonization and Removal

by Kylie de Chastelain On October 28, 2019, the Indigenous Initiatives Office at the Faculty of Law hosted lawyers Maggie Wente and Sinead Charbonneau from Olthius Kleer Townshend LLP for a presentation entitled: First Nations Child Welfare Practice Post-Caring Society. Wente and Charbonneau provide legal representation and support to First Nations governments and communities as … Read More

Recapping Brandon Garrett’s Constitutional Roundtable on Wealth, Equal Protection, and Due Process

by Kylie de Chastelain On Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 the Asper Centre hosted Professor Brandon Garrett for a Constitutional Roundtable titled “Wealth, Equal Protection and Due Process.” Professor Garrett presented work from a recent paper exploring “equal process” – a term he coined to describe the intersection between the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses … Read More

Freedom of expression in an election context: A purposive approach

by Keely Kinley On September 19, 2019, the Ontario Court of Appeal dismissed the City of Toronto’s legal challenge against the Province of Ontario for making unilateral changes to the size and structure of Toronto’s city council midway through last year’s municipal election period (Toronto (City) v. Ontario (Attorney General), 2019 ONCA 732). In a … Read More

Substantive equality in sentencing: Interventions in R v Morris and R v Sharma

By Teodora Pasca This fall, the Asper Centre is intervening in two cases before the Ontario Court of Appeal (ONCA) whose outcomes could significantly impact the province’s approach to sentencing marginalized people. In R v Morris, the ONCA will consider the appropriate manner in which systemic factors should shape the sentencing framework for Black Canadians. … Read More