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In Their Memory The Calls to Action Must Be Fulfilled

  71) We call upon all chief coroners and provincial vital statistics agencies that have not provided to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada their records on the deaths of Aboriginal children in the care of residential school authorities to make these documents available to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. 72) We … Read More

SCC’s Reference re GGPPA Decision: an important milestone, but still a long road to travel

by Cameron Somerville On March 25th, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) upheld as constitutional the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA), which sets a benchmark for pricing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the country. In a 6-3 decision, the SCC established that the federal government has jurisdiction to apply the GGPPA under … Read More

How should judges consider anti-Black racism in sentencing? Asper Centre intervenes in R v Morris

by Teodora Pasca On February 11, 2021, the Court of Appeal for Ontario heard oral arguments in R v Morris, the long-anticipated appeal that is expected to determine how systemic anti-Black racism should factor into sentencing determinations. The Asper Centre intervened in R v Morris with the assistance of counsel Nader Hasan of Stockwoods LLP … Read More

An Introduction to the Duty to Consult

by Annie Chan Arising from the Honour of the Crown, the duty to consult is a central tool in the protection of Aboriginal rights and the promotion of Crown-Indigenous reconciliation in Canada. As summarized by Professor Kerry Wilkins, adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, the “Crown has a duty to consult … Read More

Asper Centre Intervention Influences SCC on Suspended Declarations

by Jeffrey Wang The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) recently released the decision of ON (Attorney General) v G. This case challenged the constitutionality of Christopher’s Law, an Ontario law that allowed some offenders who were convicted of sexual offences to be removed from the federal and provincial sex offender registries after 10 years. Christopher’s … Read More