Matthew Ponsford


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32 years of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Today, April 17th, marks the 32nd anniversary of the establishment of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as part of Canada’s Constitution Act. Liberal MP Irwin Cotler and former Minister of Justice and Attorney…


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Edward Snowden: “technology represents the most significant new threat to civil liberties in modern times.”

Speaking from Moscow to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, whistleblower Edward Snowden provided live testimony, declaring: “Technology represents the most significant new threat to civil liberties in modern times” (8 April 2014). Prominent…


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Freedom of Conscience & Religion: Loyola High School v Québec (AG)

On March 24, 2014 the Supreme Court of Canada heard arguments in the case of Loyola High School et al v Attorney General of Québec. The case deals with freedom of conscience and religion and…


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Conservatives may consider renaming Nadon to SCC

Despite the Supreme Court of Canada’s 6-1 decision regarding the unconstitutionality of Marc Nadon’s appointment to the high court, Justice Minister Peter MacKay wouldn’t rule out advancing Mr. Nadon’s nomination to the SCC: Peter MacKay…


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Marc Nadon Denied Appointment to SCC

In a long-awaited decision from the Supreme Court of Canada, six justices of the top court have confirmed Justice Marc Nadon’s ineligibility to sit as the ninth justice of the SCC, concluding that Prime Minister…


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SCC to Rule on Marc Nadon’s Appointment

An important decision will be released Friday, March 21, 2014 regarding Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s appointment of Marc Nadon to the Supreme Court of Canada. The appointment already underwent extensive judicial review and attracted substantial…


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SCC Unanimously Upholds Sexual Assault Conviction

A decision rendered March 7, 2014 from the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously upheld a sexual assault conviction of a Nova Scotia man, Craig Hutchinson. The man attempted to trick his then-girlfriend into pregnancy by…


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Québec’s Gun Registry Appeal to the SCC

There is no shortage of tension between the federal Conservative government and the province of Québec. Matters include: the Supreme Court of Canada Senate Reference; the intention to appoint Justice Marc Nadon to the Supreme Court…


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Bill-52 (Euthanasia) Debate Continues

Debate around Québec’s Bill-52 (Euthanasia), introduced by the Parti Québécois, continues. For background information, read a previous entry. Professor Margaret Somerville, a leading expert and founding Director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law…