November 25, 2014
The Exchange With Amanda Lang
Publication: CBC News – The Exchange
(1:45-8:37) The Ontario provincial government is moving to restrict the usage and sales of electronic cigarettes. David Sweanor, Common Law Section, comments that the real problem is the people smoking now, and that people die from smoke, not nicotine. He adds that electronic cigarettes can help people quit and that these restrictions might be discouraging people trying to move away from traditional cigarettes.
Animal charter of rights drafted with policymakers in mind
Publication: CBC News Ottawa
A Canadian animal rights group is promoting its “Charter of Rights and Freedoms for Animals”. Carissima Mathen, Common Law Sanction, explains that adding such rights to Canada's legal system might be an issue. “One of the core rights of any person is the right not to be exploited and we use animals in a variety of ways. That's really not for the benefit of animals, it's for the benefits of humans. There would be huge problems with that.”
Every Canadian Cyclist's Guide to Canadian Law
Publication: CBC News - All In a Day
Craig Forcese and Nicole Laviolette, Faculty of Law, co-wrote a book titled Every Canadian Cyclist's Guide to Canadian Law. They realized, being avid cyclists, that not everyone knows or understands the laws that govern bicycle-related activities. They hope the book will be a "single source that answers all these important questions on law that pertains to cycling."
Deal raises hopes for use of Canadian vaccine against Ebola
Publication: Ottawa Citizen
NewLink, the small U.S. company that holds the rights to a Canadian-developed Ebola vaccine has agreed to licence it to vaccine giant Merck, which should speed the development of the product. Amir Attaran, Common Law Section, published a letter in British medical journal The Lancet two weeks ago calling for Canada to withdraw from its agreement with NewLink, arguing that a bigger company could get the product in the field more quickly. He stated that “Canada needs to find a partner that is capable of replacing NewLink and Merck is an outstanding partner with the ability and the facilities to do so.”
Government urges more spy powers; Safety minister says legislation needed to stop terrorist attacks
Publication: Ottawa Citizen
Craig Forcese, Common Law Section, comments the federal government's proposed anti-terrorism legislation changes. “It’s a fixer upper. It’s not a bill that’s response to the current preoccupation say with homegrown terrorism, although these things tend to be interlinked in fact.”
Why Kinder Morgan relies on a civil injunction rather than criminal sanctions to punish protesters
Publication: Georgia Straight
Pipeline survey protesters are being arrested in Burnaby, British Columbia. The article mentions a paper written by Amir Attaran, Common Law Section, in which he said that "on occasion those involved in public demonstrations come into conflict with the law and obstruct or interfere with the rights of others. The use of criminal sanctions in these situations is generally not appropriate."