Word cloud of policy debates taking place in Parliament. Copyright: Library of Parliament.

The Regulation of Marijuana under Canadian Law

Marijuana, otherwise known as cannabis, has been legally prohibited in Canada since 1923. The 2002 report of the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs noted that there was little debate surrounding this addition to the criminal law at the time; as such, the precise motivation for doing so remains unclear. Today, the prohibition of cannabis…

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The Counter-Terrorism Framework in Canada

Canada is not immune to terrorism. According to Global Affairs Canada, a number of international and domestic terrorist groups are present in Canada. Some are engaged in terrorist activity here, while others are active beyond our border. Canada has a number of tools that respond to several different terrorist threats. These tools range from community…

Picture of the Canadian mosaic

Diversity in Canada: Evolving patterns in immigration

Immigration has played an increasingly critical role in the shaping of Canada’s population. A variety of factors, including policy developments, have led to important changes in the composition of the immigrant population over time. As a result, the nation’s linguistic diversity, racial diversity and religious diversity have all been on the rise. These trends show…