Category Archives: Rule of Law

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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Open Letter regarding Alberta Education’s Guidelines to Respect Diverse Sexual Orientations

Today I read with great interest Bishop Henry’s letter concerning the Minister of Education, Hon. David Eggen’s, requirement that Board Chairs of Public, Separate, Francophone and Charter School Boards respect diversity and foster a sense of belonging across Alberta such … Continue reading

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Questions about Bill C51: Candidate Answers and Responses

The following are answers to RMCLA questions concenring Bill C51 from various candidates in Alberta’s federal ridings for the upcoming election on Oct. 19th, 2015. The responses have been received as of Oct 18, 2015. The entire set of questions … Continue reading

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Slow down, let cool heads prevail

History tells us the worst laws are hastily made in the heat of crisis. It is far too easy to create greater police powers, while our civil liberties are eroded in the process. Speed can be a dangerous thing in … Continue reading

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Who’s Defending Your Right to Know?

In celebration of the 10th annual Right to Know Week, Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association and the Privacy and Access Council of Canada are presenting the Calgary Sunshine Summit to raise awareness and generate discussion about access rights and practices. … Continue reading

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Evaluating Canada’s Human Rights Situation: The UN Universal Periodic Review” or “Universal Periodic Review: Why Should You Get Involved?

As a Canadian, if you travel to another country and tell people that you are Canadian, chances are that you will receive warm words about Canada — how the people are so friendly, how it is so safe in Canada, … 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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Occupation and the Right to Protest

Starting in mid 2011, several cities across the world experienced the “Occupy Movement”, which is directed primarily at social and economic inequality. In many Canadian cities, “Occupy Canada” protestors set up camps, usually on public land. In some locations, officials … Continue reading

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Is there a Pregnant Pause in Implementation of Alberta’s Human Rights Legislation?

Some people are surprised to learn that it was not until 1989 that the Supreme Court of Canada recognized that discrimination based on pregnancy was a form of gender or sex discrimination (see: Brooks v Canada Safeway, [1989] 1 SCR … Continue reading

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