Monthly Archives: August 2016

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BCCLA and Additional Claimants: The Death with Dignity Case

By |August 24th, 2016|Blogs|

In 2011, several claimants challenged the Federal Court of Canada against the laws that surround an ill person’s ability to end their life with the help of a physician. The British Columbia Civil Liberties, a patient withthe degenerative diseaseALS, a couple who traveled to use an assisted suicide clinic for an ill and elderly family [...]

Solitary Confinement Reform in Canadian Prisons

By |August 24th, 2016|Blogs|

On January 19, 2015, the BCCLA and John Howard Society sued the Federal government over issues regarding solitary confinement in Canadian prisons. The lawsuit describes that the use of solitary confinement – subjecting a prisoner to isolation for up to 23 hours a day for often months or years at a time – results in [...]

Canada Introduces Bill-C16 to Fight Transphobia

By |August 24th, 2016|Blogs|

As a response to heated debates taking place next door in the U.S, Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that legislation ensuring “full protection” of transgender Canadians would be tabled on Tuesday morning this week. Trudeau who recently received an award for fighting homophobia and transphobia said the demand for true equality is necessary and [...]

The B.C Civil Liberties Association and Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

By |August 24th, 2016|Blogs|

In April of 2015, the B.C Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) reacted to two Supreme Court of Canada decisions which deemed some of the previous government’s legislation regarding criminal law unconstitutional. The cases Lloyd andSafarzadeh-Markhali have presented the dangers and unjustness of mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offences through Bill-C10, The Safe Streets and Communities Act. The [...]

Recent Changes to Canadian Legislation: The Repeal of Bill C-24 under the Citizenship Act

By |August 24th, 2016|Blogs|

In 2014, Bill C-24 stirred up huge controversy. Essentially, the bill offered two tiers of citizenship – natural born and naturalized – a convoluted and rather controversial move that differentiated between those who were born in Canada and those who migrated in the past. More importantly, the law also allowed Ottawa to revoke citizenship of [...]

Recent Cases: Canada (Attorney General) v. Federation of Law Societies of Canada

By |August 24th, 2016|Blogs|

One recent case that has gotten some attention in Canadian law circles is Canada (Attorney General) v. Federation of Law Societies of Canada. The case concerned legislation surrounding anti-money laundering and anti-financing legislation also collectively referred to as the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Actor simply “The Regime.”According to the case documents, [...]

Growing Marijuana: A reflection of Recent Changes in Criminal Law in Canada

By |August 24th, 2016|Blogs|

In mid-February of this year,the Federal Court of Canada struck down the ban against licensed Medical Marijuana users who want to grow their own marijuana in the Allard v. Canada case. The original legislation associated with the ban wascreated under the Conservative Government back in 2013, but in March 2016, Federal Court Judge Michael Phelan [...]