Judicial System & Legal Issues

The judiciary and legal systems represent an important aspect of Canadian governance and politics. Find articles on the structure of the Canadian judiciary and legal systems, as well as important legal-political trends and issues.

Supreme Court of Canada: Role, History, and Operation

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Jul 16, 2008

This educational feature examines the the Supreme Court of Canada, including its place in Canada’s court system, its history, its modern organization and operation, as well as key issues and debates regarding the Court.

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The Long-Gun Registry in Canada: History, Operation and Debates

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Aug 12, 2010

Since its introduction in 1995, Canada’s long-gun registry has been a high-profile political issue. This stems, in large part, to philosophical differences on gun control policy between and among Canada’s political parties, and issues relating to the cost of the program. This article provides an overview of the history, operation, and debates surrounding the long gun registry.

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Copyright Law in Canada: An Introduction to the Canadian Copyright Act

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Mar 13, 2009

Copyright is an important legal and political issue in Canada, an issue that has been made even more significant with the rise of new technologies, such as the Internet, mobile media devices, and digital copying technology. This article provides an introduction to copyright law in Canada, with a particular focus on the Canadian Copyright Act. Specific topics discussed include an introduction of Canada’s copyright system, the history of copyrights in Canada, highlights of the Canadian Copyright Act, and examination of key issues in Canadian copyright law.

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Canada’s Human Rights Commission System: Introduction to the Canadian Human Rights Commission and Tribunal

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Nov 18, 2008

The Canadian human rights commission system is constituted by two key federal agencies: the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. These agencies administer, promote, and adjudicate Canada’s federal human rights and employment equity legislation. This article provides an introduction to the history, role, structure, and key issues concerning these agencies.

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The Canadian Human Rights Act: Introduction to Canada’s Federal Human Rights Legislation

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Nov 18, 2008

One of Canada’s central rights documents is the Canadian Human Rights Act, which protects Canadians’ against discriminated against in areas of federal jurisdiction. This article presents the purpose and history of the Act, and provides an overview of its key provisions, application and administration.

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The Indian Act: Historical Overview

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p>The Indian Act is federal legislation that provides the basic legal status and entitlements of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. The Act deals with such things as the legal definition of who may claim Indian status in Canada, the rights and duties which accompany that status, the structure of Canada’s reserve system and the nature of Aboriginal self-government.

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The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: An Introduction to Charter Rights

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p>The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is a central element of the Canadian Constitution and has a major impact on the relationship between Canadians and their governments.

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The Canadian Constitution: Introduction to Canada’s Constitutional Framework

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p>The Constitution is Canada’s premier political institution, representing the basic “rulebook” by which Canadian politics operate.

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Public Inquiries in Canada

Public inquires have become relatively common events in Canadian politics, be it at the federal or provincial/territorial levels.

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Youth Justice in Canada: History & Debates

Find an educational article the details the history and debates of youth justice in Canada.Read More »

Supreme Court of Canada Appointment Process

The Supreme Court of Canada is this country’s highest court, and is the final authority for all legal disputes, settling matters between individuals, o

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Same-Sex Marriage in Canada

In July 2005, Canada became the fourth country in the world, after the Netherlands, Belgium, and Spain, to legalize same-sex marriages nationwide.

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The Notwithstanding Clause: Section 33 of the Charter

Section 33 of the Charter, commonly referred to as the Notwithstanding or Override clause, has an important place in Canada's constitutional development, as well as the relationship between the legislative and judicial branches of government. This article provides an introduction to the nature, operation, and history of the Notwithstanding clause.

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Gomery Commission of Inquiry & Sponsorship Scandal

In February 2006, the Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities (better known as the Gomery Commission) released the second of two reports.

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The Charter & Health Care in Canada

The issue of waiting lists in Canada's public health care system has given rise to a new national debate: the nature of health care rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

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