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Carbon Tax Constitutional Challenge: ABCA Sides with Province

by Adam LaRiviere On February 24th, 2020, the Alberta Court of Appeal (‘ABCA’) released its decision regarding the constitutional challenge of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, SC 2018, c 12 (‘Act’). The case was decided 4-1 in favour of the Alberta government and stated that Parts 1 and 2 of the Act were unconstitutional … Read More

Reflections on the Asper Centre Intervention in Ontario v. G

By Jeffrey Wang As a clinic student this term, I had the opportunity to hear the Asper Centre’s oral arguments in its intervention at the Supreme Court of Canada in the appeal of Ontario v. G, which took place on February 20, 2020. The appeal concerned the constitutionality of the Ontario and federal sex offender … Read More

Courts Without Cases: The Law and Politics of Advisory Opinions

By Kylie de Chastelain The Asper Centre recently hosted Professor Carissima Mathen, author of Courts Without Cases: The Law and Politics of Advisory Opinions (2019), for a dynamic Constitutional Roundtable about her new book, with Professor Lorraine Weinrib as discussant. Professor Mathen’s book, described by Professor Weinrib as a “milestone” in Canadian Constitutional writing, explores … 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

Trial by military: Spotlight on R v Beaudry

by Teodora Pasca Years ago, Corporal R. P. Beaudry was charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm, an offence under s 272 of the Criminal Code carrying a maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment. Beaudry, a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, requested a jury trial. And because he was a member of the Forces, his request was denied.    … Read More