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The Constitutionality of the Proposed Federal Conversion Therapy Ban  

by Jeffrey Wang On June 21, 2019, the Federal government announced its intentions to criminalize conversion therapy in a letter to provincial premiers. While this is undoubtedly a positive step for LGBT+ rights, the constitutionality of this ban has been questioned.   Conversion Therapy   Conversion therapy can be defined as any practice that claims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. The … Read More

The Constitutional validity of separate school funding

by Jeffrey Wang On April 20th, 2017, Justice Layh of the Saskatchewan Queen’s Bench released the decision of Good Spirit School Division No. 204 v. Christ the Teacher Roman Catholic Separate School Division No. 212, ruling that public funding for non-Catholic students to attend Catholic schools is unconstitutional. In other words, this decision means that non-Catholic students can no longer attend Catholic … Read More

Challenging Quebec’s Secularism Bill despite its use of s.33

by Jeffrey Wang On June 16th, 2019, Quebec passed An Act respecting the laicity of the State (Bill 21). This bill was controversial for banning the wearing of religious symbols, such as hijabs, niqabs, turbans and kippahs, for some public employees, including some teachers and public servants with state-sanctioned power to exercise coercive authority, such … Read More

Report from our 2019 Summer Fellow at LEAF

by Paniz Khosroshahy This summer I have been working at Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) as an Asper Centre Summer Fellow. LEAF works to advance women’s substantive equality rights through litigation, law reform, and public education, and I feel fortunate to have been able to assist the organization with its projects for the … Read More

R v Barton and the Role of Interveners in Criminal Litigation

By Keely Kinley The Supreme Court released its highly anticipated decision in R v Barton on May 24, 2019. In 2011, Cindy Gladue was found deceased in the bathtub of Bradley Barton’s hotel room with a fatal 11-cm gash in her vaginal wall. Barton admitted to accidentally causing Ms. Gladue’s death during what he characterized … Read More