Archive for June, 2015

Intercepts by GCHQ Violated Privacy Rights

  • June 28, 2015
  • Clayton Rice, K.C.

On June 22, 2015, the British government’s intelligence monitoring agency released its ruling that the interception of private communications of two international human rights groups by the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) was illegal and in breach of Article 8 of…

What Is a Fair Trial?

  • June 22, 2015
  • Clayton Rice, K.C.

On February 22, 1632, a book was delivered to Ferdinando II de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, titled Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems. Ferdinando was a patron of its author Galileo Galilei, known mononymously as Galileo, an Italian…

Supreme Court Rules Medical Marihuana Law Is Arbitrary

  • June 16, 2015
  • Clayton Rice, K.C.

On June 11, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada released its unanimous opinion in R. v. Smith, 2015 SCC 34 that the law prohibiting medical access to marihuana other than dried marihuana is unconstitutional. In a per curiam ruling, the court held that…

The Anderson Report

  • June 14, 2015
  • Clayton Rice, K.C.

In my post titled Anti-Terrorism Law Passed by Canada’s Senate dated June 10, 2015, I made this point. While Parliament flailed ahead with passing Bill C-51 there has been a developing claw back of state surveillance powers in the United…

Anti-Terrorism Law Passed by Canada’s Senate

  • June 10, 2015
  • Clayton Rice, K.C.

On May 25, 2015, criticism of Bill C-51, the Conservative government’s reckless Anti-terrorism Act, 2015, went up a notch when the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the world’s largest security oriented intergovernmental organization based in Vienna, released its…

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