This is another example of an increased willingness among provinces to use section 33 of the Charter and, in the case of Saskatchewan, to use it preemptively, before the courts have made a judgment on a law’s constitutionality.
While the allegations of Brand are serious and credible, they must be tested by the adversarial process and under the standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. The same government that has the power to put Brand in shackles cannot pre-emptively pressure private platforms to deprive him of his livelihood.
While the government is still talking tough, the Online News Act has been an utter disaster, leading to millions in lost revenues with cancelled deals, reduced traffic for Canadian media sites, and declining investment in media in Canada.
For those of you wondering if the government has managed to salvage at least something from the Bill C-18 debacle by satisfying Google, don’t hold your breath.
Over the past six weeks the news industry had a chance to prove how much the public values it. It has instead revealed the unsettling truth that most of it is nowhere near as fetching, nor as necessary, as the image it self-servingly sees when it looks in the mirror.
This week’s Hub Roundtable discusses the implications of the newly-released regulations for the government’s online news law. We also talk about the Liberal government’s plummeting poll numbers and what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can do to pull out of this free-fall.
It is governments and not the judiciary that can rightfully commit itself to a policy as onerous as a “right to shelter”. It is the City that must assess whether to slash other social programs, request federal funding, raise taxes, or decide the policy is simply no longer viable.
UR Regina and Egale Canada have threatened to sue Saskatchewan’s government over its policy of requirement that parents be informed and their consent obtained for their child’s pronoun or gender identity changes.
Is the Chinese model failing? David Frum on China’s economic woes. Plus, calls to criminalize discussion on residential schools
This episode of In Conversation with David Frum features the causes and consequences of a possible Chinese economic crisis and what it would mean for Canada and the global economy more broadly. They also cover renewed calls to criminalize so-called “Indian residential schools denialism”.
Even the gravest of past wrongs cannot justify circumventing fundamental democratic principles today. It’s imperative that the principle of popular rule remains intact even when we look at ways to address injustices or achieve other worthy goals.