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Mandatory Minimum Sentences and Section 12 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Charlie Feldman Legal and Social Affairs Division On 14 April 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in R. v. Nur, a case that challenged the constitutionality of mandatory minimum sentences for the possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition. In a split 6–3 decision, the Court found that the required…

The Arctic Council Under Canada’s Chairmanship

Thai Nguyen Economics, Resources and International Affairs Division As Canada’s 2013–2015 chairmanship of the Arctic Council comes to an end, the country hands that role over to the United States at the biennial Arctic Council ministerial meeting on 24–25 April 2015 in the Nunavut capital of Iqualuit. Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s minister responsible for the…

Organ Donation in Canada

Sonya Norris Legal and Social Affairs Division Every year, the number of Canadians awaiting organ transplantation surgery surpasses the number of organs available for transplant. On average, 225 patients die each year while awaiting a transplant. In Canada, the third week in April – this year, 19–25 April – is National Organ and Tissue Donor…

Update: Water Pollution from Microplastic Beads in Consumer Products

Jed Chong Economics, Resources and International Affairs Division Since the publication of the HillNote on water pollution from microplastic beads in consumer products, Parliamentary initiatives have been introduced by both the federal government and the provincial government in Ontario. On 24 March 2015, Parliament unanimously passed a motion calling on the federal government to add…