Bill Longstaff: Why Canadians must resort to the courts for democracy

Federal Conservatives have been complaining lately about the courts being used, in the words of MP Dan Albas, “to do an end-run around our democratic process.” My immediate reaction to Albas’s remarks was, what democratic process? If he is referring to our current governance, describing it as democratic is overly generous. To begin with, our ...

The Canadian Progressive: United Steelworkers legally challenge RBC temporary foreign worker plan

By: United Steelworkers | Press Release: TORONTO, April 11, 2013 – The United Steelworkers (USW) is legally challenging the federal government’s approval for RBC and/or iGate to hire temporary foreign workers to replace existing employees. “We have applied today to the Federal Court to challenge the federal government’s decision,” said Ken Neumann, the USW’s National Director for Canada. […] The post United Steelworkers ...

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Supreme Court hears laptops and cell phones search and seizure case

By: BC Civil Liberties Association | Press Release: OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada will be hearing arguments on March 27, 2013 in R. v. Vu. The Court will look at whether a search warrant for documents can also allow the search and seizure of personal computers and mobile phones […] The post Supreme Court ...

The Canadian Progressive: What we missed: Federal Court upholds rights tribunal decision on family status accommodation

By: Public Service Alliance of Canada | Press Release OTTAWA – The Federal Court has upheld a decision by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal saying that employers cannot discriminate against employees with family obligations. Federal court decision: Attorney General of Canada and Fiona Ann Johnstone and Canadian Human Rights Commission Canadian […] The post What we ...

The Canadian Progressive: Sandy Pond Alliance court case to decide fate of lakes across Canada

By: Council of Canadians (Press Release)| Feb. 26, 2013: St. John’s, NL – The Federal Fisheries Act was intended to protect fish and fish habitat in part by prohibiting the dumping of harmful substances into fish-bearing waters. The intent of the Act was diluted by regulations that give the mining industry an exemption that allows the conversion ...

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Harper Conservatives Lose Robocalls Fraud Court Challenge

The Federal Court has nuked the Conservatives effort to stop the courts from hearing a legal challenge to some of the results of the 2011 federal election. With the support of The Council of Canadians, individuals in seven of the more than 40 affected ridings legally challenged the results under the Canada Elections Act. In ...