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Editor: Richa Sandill

Hate Speech in Canada: Revisiting the Whatcott decision
  • January 26, 2015
  • Jacob Murad

Against the very recent debates in global media on how far freedom of speech should be protected, this article takes a look at this right in a Canadian context. Using Saskatchewan (Human Rights Commission) v Whatcott, the author reveals the interesting interplay fundamental freedom of speech and the limitations posed on this freedom by hate speech legislation.

The "Inspiration Effect" at the Equality Effect
  • October 08, 2014
  • Richa Sandill

Five diverse lawyers come together in one article to share their enthusiasm behind human rights, volunteering, and working together as the driving forces of the Equality Effect - the headline organization for the CCLHR Section's upcoming October 14 event.

What the Bedford Decision Means for Constitutional Litigation
  • March 26, 2014
  • Lauren Shneer

A recap of the OBA's March 4, 2014 program addressing the Supreme Court's unanimous decision in Canada v Bedford, a decision declaring three provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada that criminalize various activities related to prostitution as unconstitutional.

Barriers Continue for Disabled Voters
  • May 05, 2010
  • Shaun O’Brien

It is surprising, even shocking, to learn that Canadians continue to face barriers to exercising their fundamental right to vote.