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Taking racist sports logos to court: Sports, tropes and prospects for change

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On October 14, 2016, the Superior Court of Ontario heard an application for an injunction preventing the display, broadcast, and dissemination of the team name and logo of the "Cleveland Indians," a U.S. baseball team scheduled to play at the Rogers Centre later that day. The team, whose offensive logo has long been the subject of criticism amongst Indigenous Americans, was playing against the Toronto Blue Jays as part of the American League Championship Series.

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Landlords and tenants to fight out right to grow medical marijuana under new regulations

The new Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulation (ACMPR), which came into force on August 24, 2016, has changed how patients with prescriptions for medical marijuana can get their medicine. The ACMPR came to be, in part, as a response to a Federal Court ruling that the former Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) violated the Charter because it prohibited personal production of medical cannabis. For many medicinal cannabis users, the cost of accessing through the channels allowed under the MMPR were simply unaffordable.

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With judges like Robin Camp, how impartial is Canada's justice system?

I was recently listening to a radio program featuring racialized lawyers in Ontario discussing the challenges they faced in the legal profession and was struck by my reaction. I thought: how unfortunate that this was all being shared publicly. Unfortunate, not because I did not believe the experiences of these individuals or sympathize with the challenges they were describing, but because I didn't want people to know about the challenges. Why would anyone hire a racialized lawyer if they knew that the lawyer felt that there was a higher standard placed on them in court, by judges, as compared with their non‑racialized colleagues? 

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From Rio to Tokyo, gender discrimination in sport continues

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Privacy compromised: Legal rights and protections in Canada

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Alberta parents 'morally blameworthy' in son's death: The moral dimension of alternative health care

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Bill C-16 introduces transgender protections but keeps Harper's damaging human rights legacy

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Inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women brings hope and challenges

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A taxing matter: Non-profits await change from Liberal government

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In mandate letters to his newly appointed ministers, Justin Trudeau told Finance Minister Bill Morneau, and his minister responsible for Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), Diane Lebouthillier, to:

"modernize the rules governing the charitable and non-for-profit sectors. …. A new legislative framework to strengthen the sector will emerge from this process."

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Outgrowing the government: Medical cannabis access in Canada in light of the Allard decision

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Each week, new retail storefronts are opening in the city of Toronto. But these aren't your average retailers.

Medical cannabis dispensaries, storefronts which dispense cannabis on-site to those with medical conditions, have historically operated on the margins of the law, providing access to patients since a time in Canada when there was no legal means of doing so.

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