On November 26, the Canadian Press reported that Justice Minister Arif Virani was considering options for the criminalization of residential school denialism, a move first looked into by his predecessor, David Lametti.
The proposition upheld by the Divisional Court—that fear of burdening racialized candidates should lead the government to scrap a test meant to boost poor math scores throughout public schools—represents a nadir of bigotry of low expectations and threatens to entrench poor math outcomes for all students.
Law students protesting for Palestine are free to promote their activism at the expense of their future careers, just as prospective employers perusing the available talent pool are free to pass over any students who make such a choice.
In retrospect, what did the quarantine hotels afford Canada? According to the government’s stated rationale of protecting the country from variants, not much. It is vital to remember the lessons from the pandemic and how rights were so easily bulldozed in the name of amorphous claims of public safety.
A “Notwithstanding Act” would oblige the federal cabinet to use its power to disallow a federal or provincial law every time a legislature uses section 33 to pass a law that either they or the Supreme Court of Canada concludes is inconsistent with international law.
The Supreme Court of Canada has held that the federal government’s Impact Assessment Act is largely unconstitutional. In coming to this conclusion, the Court’s reasoning left some important issues open…