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Bench Marks: Cases that Change the Legal Landscape

Featured Articles: Bench Marks: Cases that Change the Legal Landscape

Some decisions our courts make carry the possibility of changing lives (same-sex marriage) and defining our institutions (the Senate).  This issue looks at a few of these “Bench Marks”.

Landmark Cases: Cases which have changed the Legal and Social Landscape of Canada
Some cases have had the effect of changing not only the legal but also the social landscape of Canada. Here is a look at a few of them.

The Increasing Importance of Reference Decisions in Canadian Law
Reference Decisions, from the Senate Question to the Nadon decision, are increasingly important in Canadian jurisprudence.

Supreme Court Reins in Social Credit
This 1938 case has echoed through history with its powerful support for freedom of expression and freedom of the press as necessary aspects of our constitutional democracy.

The Whatcott Case: Balancing Free Speech and Social Harmony
The Whatcott decision highlights the clash of Charter values when evaluating hate speech.

Special Report: Aboriginal Law

Indian Residential Schools: A Chronology
From 1755 to 2014: a timeline of the Residential Schools tragedy.

The Indian Act – Exemption from Taxation
Interpretations and court decisions have shaped the income tax rules for Canada’s aboriginal people.

Aboriginal Children and Child Welfare Policies
The Residential Schools program scarred generations of aboriginal children. Today, child welfare policies have the potential to cause damage too.



A Bench Mark case indeed!

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Human Rights Law
Human Rights of Transgender Persons

Not-for-Profit Law
New Legislation Eases Moves Into or Out of Alberta for Not-For-Profits

Employment Law
Compassionate Care: A New Basis for Temporary Unpaid Leave from Work

Landlord and Tenant Law
Can a landlord charge a tenant for renovations?

Family Law
Protection Orders in Dangerous Circumstances

A Famous Case Revisited
Whatever Happened to … Childs v. Desormeaux: Killer Hospitality

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