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Witnesses diametrically opposed in testimony before committee on assisted death

A hopeless chasm opened Monday at the feet of the parliamentarians hurrying to embody the right to die in federal law.

Grace Pastine of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association and Jay Cameron of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Rights sat side-by-side at the witness table before the joint committee of 15 MPs and senators tasked with devising doctrine to underpin the federal physician-assisted dying law expected June 6. 516 more words


Top court hears arguments on suspending assisted-dying decision

The Supreme Court is deliberating on whether irremediably ill Canadians with intolerable suffering should, once again, be denied their constitutional right to a doctor-assisted death while Parliament takes another six months to figure out how to safely decriminalize assisted suicide. 587 more words


Extend current assisted-suicide laws six months, federal lawyers to ask

Laws against assisted dying, due to end in 28 days, should remain on the books for another six months to give governments sufficient time to enact what’s sure to be a highly divisive physician-assisted suicide law, federal lawyers are to argue before the Supreme Court Monday. 712 more words


Assisted-suicide debate leads off a busy Supreme Court session

The debate over assisted dying leads off the Supreme Court of Canada’s winter session next week. Twenty other appeals are to follow, ranging from whether federally regulated workers can be legally fired without cause, to a constitutional quarrel over mandatory-minimum criminal sentencing. 616 more words


Chinese signs: After dismissing complaints, is Richmond getting serious?

After years of dismissing residents’ worries about the expansion of Chinese-language signs in Richmond, the city is hiring a new staff person to press for more signs to include English. 914 more words

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Tory laws on Liberals' hit list

The incoming Liberal government is expected to uproot several constitutionally contentious laws and policies sown by the defeated Conservative government.

So far, the Liberals have pledged to repeal or amend at least six pieces of Conservative legislation, most notably the two signature proclamations of the Tory era: the Fair Elections Act and Bill C-51, otherwise known as the Anti-terrorism Act of 2015. 595 more words


Terrorist tries to stop gov't from revoking citizenship

An Iranian-Canadian imprisoned in Edmonton for terrorism has filed a court challenge against federal legislation that could result in the loss of his citizenship, arguing it amounts to “cruel and unusual punishment.” Hiva Alizadeh, who pleaded guilty last year to possessing explosives with the intent to endanger life or damage property for the benefit of a terrorist group, wrote in his application to the Federal Court that the citizenship law harmed his right to security. 280 more words