Category Archives: Access to Justice

Court of Appeal for Alberta Upholds Mandatory Minimum Previously Declared Unconstitutional

In a recent decision, the Court of Appeal for Alberta upheld the constitutionality of a mandatory minimum sentence provision in section 153(1.1)(a) of Canada’s Criminal Code. The decision is called R v EJB, 2018 ABCA 239. The mandatory minimum in … Continue reading

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Parenting and Polyamory: What is in the Child’s Best Interests?

In an April 4, 2018 judgment the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court awarded a declaratory order pursuant to section 7 of the Children’s Law Act that three persons be named parents of one child. The current legislation in the province … Continue reading

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Access to Justice and Legal Aid Funding in Alberta and Canada

Introduction Legal Aid Alberta’s vision statement is “[a]n Alberta where everyone can access justice and achieve fair and lasting resolutions to their legal issues.” Sadly, that vision is far from the reality facing Albertans today. On April 16, 2018, the … Continue reading

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Wake up and Smell the Civil Liberties!

July 5, 2017, Calgary, AB – Let me begin by stating in no uncertain terms that I do not condone the killing of anyone, for any reason. Nor do I condone the conscription of children into their parent’s wars. I … Continue reading

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RMCLA Applies for Intervenor Status in Supreme Court Case

Free expression in Alberta has been dealt a huge blow by the Alberta Court of Appeal, and RMCLA is applying for intervenor status as this case proceeds to the Supreme Court of Canada. We are doing this to protect your … Continue reading

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A Smart Decision – Access to Counsel for the Poor and Disabled in a Legal Aid Crisis

By: Sarah Burton, first published at: http://ablawg.ca/2014/09/04/4770/ PDF Version: A Smart Decision – Access to Counsel for the Poor and Disabled in a Legal Aid Crisis Case commented on: R v Smart, 2014 ABPC 175 Access to justice advocates should … Continue reading

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Independence of Police Officers from Political Leaders

The following letter was sent to City of Calgary’s Chief Rick Hanson, Police Commissioner Chair, Mike Shaikh, and City of Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. Dear Chief Hanson, Mr. Shaikh, and Mayor Nenshi: RE: Independence of Police Officers from Political Leaders … Continue reading

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Potential Premier’s Response to Civil Liberties Issues in Alberta

Potential Premiers of Alberta were given the opportunity to state their position about civil liberties in Alberta by responding to eight questions from the Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association (RMCLA). All candidates for leadership of the Progressive Association of Alberta … Continue reading

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Access to Justice: Human Rights and Legal Aid, by Linda McKay-Panos

Legal Aid is defined as a system which provides individuals with access to the legal system (and more specifically to legal representation) who otherwise might not have had the means to do so (Department of Justice Canada. Legal Aid, online: … Continue reading

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Access to justice becoming a privilege of the rich, judge warns

From Friday’s Globe and Mail,  Published Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011The middle class has been shut out of a justice system that caters primarily to the very rich and the very poor, the country’s top judge has told a group of … Continue reading

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