Source: RCMP, 2014. "Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women: A National Operational Overview" http://ow.ly/JB6t3

National Roundtable on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Julie Cool Legal and Social Affairs Division Although Aboriginal women make up about 4% of the Canadian population, they represented 11% of missing women and 16% of female homicides between 1980 and 2012. Since the 1990s, several high-profile cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada have cast increased national and international attention on…

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The Supreme Court Decision on Assisted Suicide

Martha Butler Legal and Social Affairs Division On 6 February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision on a constitutional challenge of the prohibition in the Criminal Code against assisted suicide. The Court held unanimously in Carter v. Canada (Attorney General) that the prohibition violates the rights under section 7 of the Canadian…

Banks and Consumer Protection: Not Exclusively Parliament’s Jurisdiction

Adriane Yong  Economics, Resources and International Affairs Division In recent rulings, the Supreme Court of Canada clarified some constitutional issues concerning federal and provincial authority in regulating certain banking practices. Section 91(15) of the Constitution Act, 1867 gives Parliament the power to regulate “banking, incorporation of banks and the issue of paper money.” Using this…

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Language Rights of Francophones in Western Canada to Be Heard by the Supreme Court … Today

Marie-Ève Hudon Legal and Social Affairs Division The accused and their court challenge Today the Supreme Court will hear the case between Her Majesty the Queen, et al. (respondents) and Gilles Caron, et al. (appellants), a francophone Albertan charged with an offence under Alberta’s Traffic Safety Act. Another Albertan facing similar charges, Pierre Boutet, joined…