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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

Supreme Court’s Ruling in Recent Extradition Case Disappoints: Comment

by Patrick Enright This past week the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in the landmark extradition case of India v Badesha.  The case – which the Asper Centre intervened in earlier this year – involved the possible extradition of an infamous couple to India to face charges of conspiracy to commit murder.  The … 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

Bill C-23 leaves cross-border travelers vulnerable to Charter rights infringements

By Natasha Anzik Bill C-23, the Preclearance Act, was recently amended by the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security and passed to the Senate on June 21, 2017. The bill establishes many new preclearance areas in Canada to be staffed by U.S. officers in order to clear travelers through customs prior to crossing … Read More

Rectifying the Wrongs of Indefinite Immigration Detention in Canada

by Natasha Anzik and Norman Yallen After being continually detained for seven years, Kashif Ali was finally released earlier this year by order of Justice Ian Nordheimer of the Ontario Superior Court. The case, Ali v. Canada, outlined the details of his immigration detention, which was comprised of five years in a maximum-security prison and … Read More