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Supreme Court chief will be Richard Wagner, a Quebecer

The new chief justice of Canada’s top court will be Richard Wagner, a jurist trained in civil law which governs the French-speaking province of Quebec. This is in keeping with the tradition of alternating between a jurist trained civil law» 

Supreme Court rules on cell phone privacy issue

Canada’s highest court has handed down a verdict in connection with police searches of cell phones and a citizen’s right to privacy. The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) case began with two different lower court cases in Canada, but is» 

Economy, Politics, Society

Beer: Constitutional battle reaches Canada’s Supreme Court

“Free the Beer” legal case While Canada’s Prime Minister eagerly promotes international free trade deals abroad, that’s not the case within Canada itself. One of the barriers between provincial trade involves beer. Each province controls its own sales of alcohol,» 


New appointment to Supreme Court ensures gender balance and more

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced his nomination of  Sheilah Martin to the Supreme Court to replace Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin who will retire On December 15th. Her appointment would maintain the number of women sitting in the country’s highest» 

Economy, Environment, Indigenous, International, Politics

Supreme Court landmark decisions on development-indigenous rights

It’s been a three-year battle for the mostly Inuit communities of Baffin Island, but today they’ve won their battle at the highest court in the land. The Supreme Court of Canada has cancelled plans for seismic oil and gas exploration» 

Politics, Society

New Supreme Court justice may come from the North

In choosing justices for the Supreme Court of Canada, Canadian prime ministers have respected the custom of choosing jurists to represent all regions of the country. For the first time, the process will include Canada’s North. Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin» 

International, Society

Governments must learn from Khadr settlement: professor

While Canadians are still bitterly divided over the settlement made to former Guantanamo prisoner Omar Khadr, a professor says his and other cases show that when governments don’t obey the rule of law they must pay. A recent public opinion» 

Economy, Politics, Society

Top court to decide on beer barrier between provinces

While Canada is trying to negotiate free trade agreements with other countries, a case about a lack of free trade between provinces will be heard by the Supreme Court. A decision made by the Supreme Court 96 years ago is» 

Health, Politics, Society

Canada history: Feb 6, 2015 Supreme Court historic ruling on assisted suicide

It was, and remains, a controversial fight, and decision. In a landmark and unamimous ruling on this date, February 6, 2015, Canada’s highest court released its decision on the issue of assisted suicide. The court did not decide that assisted» 

Economy, Environment, Indigenous, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Politics, Society

Supreme Court to hear seismic exploration case in Arctic waters

A international consortium of companies has sought to perform seismic tests in oil and gas exploration in the waters off Baffin Island in northern Canada. Local residents are worried the loud blasts will scare off or even harm the marine»