Legal proceedings are costly and can be untenable for those actively involved in public debate. Anti‑SLAPP legislation provides a mechanism to protect this kind of debate from being silenced.
Pro Bono is a monthly column written by lawyers and legal experts at Iler Campbell LLP that explores the murky legal waters activists regularly confront in doing their work.
When organizations seek charitable registration from government, they necessarily accept oversight by a government agency that, in an atmosphere as poisonous as Canada's these days, can overreach.
This week, the Ontario Court of Appeal is hearing an appeal of a 2013 court decision on the right to housing, which raises the question of whether housing rights are embodied in the Charter.
A recent string of well‑deserved thrashings in court have demonstrated that the Supreme Court is truly an independent, non‑partisan body, able to act as a check on the Harper government's actions.
There is something fundamentally unjust in giving an institution, which actively discriminates against an identifiable group, access to a licensing regime that should be open to all, equally.
This case is good news for species at risk. It means that it will be difficult for the federal government to continue to ignore its obligations for the 167 species it has failed to protect.
An agreement has now been reached and a process established for compensation, but victims of the Rana Plaza garment factory disaster have yet to see any compensation.
Stephen Harper's strong condemnation of individuals who criticize Israel's policies raises serious concerns about his government's commitment to protecting political speech in Canada.
This case is a victory because it recognizes that the current legal regime of prostitution in Canada has penalized and caused harm to the very individuals it was supposed to protect.
On November 8, 2013 Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced changes to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) immigration program. Edward C. Corrigan gives an overview.