Canadian Lawmakers Pass Bill Extending Transgender Protections (NBC News)
Kyle Kirkup, Faculty of Law, explains that Bill C-16, which adds prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression to the Canadian Human Rights Act, plays both a practical and symbolic function.
The Trudeau government peels back bill C-51 -- mostly (Vice)
Craig Forcese, Faculty of Law, shared on Twitter that the bill bears hallmarks of careful deliberation, puzzling through problems, calling it a totally different world from hell that was C-51 process.
U.S. has secured $14.7B from Volkswagen for cheating. In Canada, VW has yet to be prosecuted (Toronto Star)
Amir Attaran, Faculty of Law, says the Canadian prosecution can piggyback on the work of the United States, as the admissions included in the company's guilty plea can be used here.
Trudeau rejects new Internet tax to help fund media sector (The Globe and Mail)
Michael Geist, Faculty of Law, says that an Internet tax to fund Canadian content is a terrible policy choice with exceptionally harmful effects on vulnerable households in Canada.
Despite Liberal campaign talk, spy powers aren't being reduced - just monitored (The Globe and Mail)
Craig Forcese, Faculty of Law, discusses the new National Security and Intelligence Review Agency.
The government is letting our future physicians down (Toronto Star)
Tanishq Suryavanshi, a research assistant at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Health Law, shares his thoughts on Canada’s "broken" medical education system and the mental health impacts of dwindling positions for residents.
Cold facts take the heat out of Ontario's electricity debate (The Globe and Mail)
Nicholas Rivers, Faculty of Social Sciences, and Stewart Elgie, Faculty of Law, discuss the political heat surrounding electricity prices in Ontario and call for a fair appraisal of the government’s Fair Hydro Plan.
'A historic day': Algonquin tribal flags raised at home of German ambassador (Ottawa Citizen)
Larry Chartrand, Faculty of Law, says the Algonquin tribal flag is still an important symbol of recognition that shouldn't be underestimated for the message that it conveys.
National security vs. individual freedoms: How the Liberals aim to strike a balance (CBC News)
Craig Forcese, Faculty of Law, was among the most persistent critics of Bill C-51, the anti-terrorism measures introduced by the Conservatives.
Ottawa was right to unplug the notion of a tax on the Internet (The Globe and Mail)
Michael Geist, Faculty of Law, writes that a taxation system such as the one used for cable and satellite companies is highly inappropriate given the Internet’s importance for communication, electronic commerce, Web banking, education and tele-health.
Ottawa crée une super-unité de surveillance du renseignement (Le Devoir)
Wesley Wark, Faculté des sciences sociales, et Craig Forcese, Faculté de droit, commentent la surveillance.
Why shouldn't a small levy help update our support for Canadian culture? (The Globe and Mail)
The piece notes that critics of a proposal to place a small cultural levy on Internet service providers, including Michael Geist, Faculty of Law, raise the issue of affordability, pointing out that Canada has high Internet prices.
Supreme Court set to rule on N.L. drug case tossed out due to delays (CBC News)
Carissima Mathen, Faculty of Law, predicts the court will not tinker with the principles of Jordan, but rather focus narrowly on those transitional cases that were already in the system prior to the landmark ruling.
On national security, Liberals stake out the middle ground: Chris Hall read comments (CBC News)
Craig Forcese, Faculty of Law, was among the most persistent critics of Bill C-51, the anti-terrorism measures introduced by the Conservatives.t
Madame la juge (Le Droit)
Michelle O'Bonsawin, Faculté de droit, a été assermentée juge à la Cour supérieure de justice de l'Ontario.
Kirkup: Passage of transgender rights bill a strong step forward (Ottawa Citizen)
Kyle Kirkup, Faculty of Law, shares her thoughts on Bill C-16 - the Senate passed the federal government's transgender human rights legislation.
Canadian Internet Registration Authority funding aims to protect Canadians online (Exchange Morning Post)
The University of Ottawa’s Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic and the BC Civil Liberties Association will work together to help people protect their privacy/personal data when crossing the U.S.-Canada border.
National survey finds youth smoking rate at record low 8 percent (Winston-Salem Journal)
David Sweanor, Faculty of Law, says the survey provides more evidence that the fear-mongering about vaping leading to cigarette smoking lacks any credible evidence.
What the CRTC's ban on carrier unlocking fees means for Canadians (Mobile Syrup)
Michael Geist, Faculty of Law, explains that the lock was used as a barrier to lock not just the phone but the consumer to carrier, making it more difficult to leave and to roam with other carriers.
So, your country isn't keen to resettle refugees. Are you? (Integrated Regional Information Networks)
Jennifer Bond, Faculty of Law, notes there is a high level of interest worldwide towards the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (GRSI), supported by the University of Ottawa.
Roses and thorns of Canada's new national security bill (MSN)
Craig Forcese, Faculty of Law, shares his thoughts on Canada’s new national security bill.
Critics say Bill C-51 reforms don't go far enough to protect Canadian privacy (Mobile Syrup)
Michael Geist, Faculty of Law, discusses the impact of the proposed amendments to Bill C-51, otherwise known as the ‘Anti-terrorism Act 2015’.
The new national security bill: Just tinkering? (CBA National)
Craig Forcese and Kent Roach, law professors at the University of Ottawa and Toronto, respectively, believe that the list of acceptable disruption powers is a meaningful shift.