January 18, 2018 CTV Power Play: Summer Jobs Program

Tweet Here’s an interview, my first on Power Play of 2018.  It deals with the federal government’s Summer Jobs Program which has been drawing controversy because of a recent change requiring applicants to attest that both the job and the sponsoring organization’s core mandate respect Charter values including “reproductive rights”. Cue the outrage. I expect ...

November 29 2017: New SCC Justice Sheilah Martin – Power Play intvu

Tweet In late November, Justin Trudeau announced his pick to replace Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin – not as Chief Justice, but as the ninth judge on the Court.  Ignoring a fever pitch of speculation about the possibility that he would, for the first time, appoint an Indigenous person (and indeed, anyone who is not white), ...

Nov 2, 2017: CTV Power Play – Ktunaxa

Tweet Here’s an interview I did following the Supreme Court’s extremely interesting decision in Ktunaxa.  The case involved a dispute around the construction of a ski resort in British Columbia, on land claimed as the home of a spiritual entity – GrizzlyBear – revered by the Ktunaxa people.  The Court unanimously upheld the Minister’s decision ...

October 23, 2017: more on that Quebec face covering law

Tweet Well, I did promise that I would have more to say about Bill 62, the law recently passed by Quebec than bans niqabs, veils and, um, sunglasses. First, a piece written for Policy Options. Second, an interview with Don Martin of CTV Power Play. There has been lots of talk about whether the Prime Minister ...

CPAC: Pillars of Democracy October 16, 2017

Tweet A panel discussion on the totally manageable, not-at-all unwieldy topic of “THE JUSTICE SYSTEM”. Fun, though. Link

CTV Powerplay Interview on 2017 Fall SCC Term

Tweet Here’s a recent interview with Don Martin of CTV Power Play about the upcoming fall term at the Supreme Court of Canada.  Which includes some barnburner cases on freedom of religion, criminal law and….beer!  Not to mention the pesky task of appointing both a puisne judge, and a new Chief Justice.  Good times. Link ...

“Defining Canada by Its Constitution” – Article in Policy Magazine for Canada 150

Tweet Here’s an article I wrote for a special issue of Policy Magazine celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. Link