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BCCLA and Additional Claimants: The Death with Dignity Case

By |August 24th, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

Solitary Confinement Reform in Canadian Prisons

By |August 24th, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

Canada Introduces Bill-C16 to Fight Transphobia

By |August 24th, 2016|Categories: 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. [...]

The B.C Civil Liberties Association and Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

By |August 24th, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

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

By |August 24th, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

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

By |August 24th, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

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

By |August 24th, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

Why Having the Right Defence Lawyer Makes All the Difference

By |April 18th, 2016|Categories: Blogs|

Self-representation is never a smart choice when facing any sort of criminal charges. Not having an experienced and professional advocate by your side automatically places you at a disadvantage against the complex legal system. Your [...]

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