Category Archives: Rule of Law

From conception to cremation, Bill 207 could deny wide range of services

Anyone who lives in a remote rural area knows the frustration and potential danger of being unable to get immediate emergency medical services. Now imagine if the only emergency physician in town refused to help because you don’t attend his … Continue reading

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How the West will be lost this time around

Future historians might look back at this moment in history as when the West, meaning the Western world, was lost. And the defining image of that may well be a smartphone. There is a worrying trend, particularly among younger voters … Continue reading

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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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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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