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Accidental Deliberations: On constitutional questions

Most of the analysis surrounding the Cons’ terror bill so far has assumed that CSIS’ powers will be interpreted based on a plain reading of the legislation. Under this reading of C-51, any action which could violate the Charter or other Canadian law would only be authorized by a warrant, meaning that deprivations of rights . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On constitutional questions

Susan on the Soapbox: Where are the Ethical Lawyers?

In the last three months Albertans have witnessed a shocking display of raw power. The Redford government calls it “delivering the responsible change Albertans voted for.” The rest of us call it the abuse of majority power to crush the rights of environmentalists, land owners and labour unions.

Black November

In Nov 2013 the . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Where are the Ethical Lawyers?

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Edgar Schmidt Update

Schmidt is the federal government lawyer who revealed that his department has been told not to inform the government or opposition MPs when upcoming legislation is likely to fail subsequent legal scrutiny, and who has been suspended without pay as a result.  As Dennis Gruending notes, there have been a few new developments in the case.  Schmidt . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Edgar Schmidt Update

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Assorted content to start your week.

– Dennis Gruending writes about the importance of Edgar Schmidt’s whistleblowing against unconstitutional legislation: Schmidt says that he has over a period of years raised concerns about what he considers the department’s flawed practices. He has done that through various official channels, up to the deputy minister level — . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Sunday reading.

– Joseph Stiglitz discusses how the U.S.’ extreme inequality is limiting its prospects for economic recovery: There are all kinds of excuses for inequality. Some say it’s beyond our control, pointing to market forces like globalization, trade liberalization, the technological revolution, the “rise of the rest.” Others assert that . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Edgar Schmidt Case Is Scarier Than You Thought

Edgar Schmidt is the government lawyer who revealed this week that his department has been told not to inform the government or opposition MPs when upcoming legislation is likely to fail subsequent legal scrutiny.  Such has been the policy since 1993.  Dennis Gruending tells the story in greater detail than the Globe piece, and he’s not behind some . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Edgar Schmidt Case Is Scarier Than You Thought