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How to do Originalism

In my last post, I summarized the Supreme Court’s recent decision in  Caron v. Alberta, 2015 SCC 56, which held that Alberta is not under a constitutional obligation to enact legislation in French as well as English. 1,688 more words

Constitutional Law

What Did They Mean?

Must the laws of Alberta ― like those of Manitoba (as well as Québec, New Brunswick, and of course Parliament itself) be enacted and published in both French and English?  1,783 more words

Constitutional Law

Tenacity and perseverance pays off in fight for respect

When it comes to staying power you’ve got to give credit to Cote Saint-Luc Councillor Ruth Kovac and Hampstead lawyer Harold Staviss. These two, a veritable dynamic duo, don’t take “non” for an answer. 182 more words

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West Quebec bilingual newspaper tangles with language police, English is pushed to back pages

A long-standing back and forth between a West Quebec newspaper and the body that enforces that province’s language laws has come to a head with an injunction that compels the newspaper separate its French and English pages, the co-publisher says. 667 more words

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Alleged Ottawa drug dealer's language rights violated, judge rules

An alleged Ottawa drug dealer’s trial has been delayed, if not halted, after an Ontario Court of Appeal judge found the francophone man’s language rights were seriously violated by prosecutors and a judge in a lower court. 717 more words


Learning indigenous languages in Japan to rebuild identity

For many indigenous people around the world, language learning as peacebuilding comes in the form of fighting to learn and keep one’s native language in the face of political, social and cultural oppression. 203 more words

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