December 22, 2014
Barbara Kay: More rape statistics by the biased for the biased
Publication: National Post
This column article discusses a recent survey on rape and sexual assault. The author quotes Elizabeth Sheehy, Common Law Section, to support her claim that the findings are biased and do not represent reality.
How partisan Conservative ads undermine the rule of law
Publication: Globe and Mail
In this Op-Ed, Errol Mendes, Common Law Section, comments the federal government’s spending on partisan publicity. “Governments are allowed to advertise about services and programs that they are implementing, but when some of them are either untruthful, promote partisan positions or are not even authorised by Parliament, it becomes a vehicle to undermine the foundations of any democracy that values the spirit and letter of the rule of law,” he says.
E-cigarette use slapped with growing provincial regulation
Publication: CBC News
David Sweanor, Common Law Section, shares his opinion on electronic cigarette regulation. "If we look at Canada, for instance, we know that in the next 25 years, based on current trends and consumption, a million of our fellow Canadians are going to die as a direct result of cigarette smoking," he says.
Judicial appointments show an indifference to diversity
Publication: Toronto Star Online
In this Op-Ed, Rosemary Cairns Way, Faculty of Law, discusses gender and race inequality in the federal and provincial governments' judicial appointments.
The honeymoon's over: Côté's learning curve at Supreme Court will be steep and swift
Publication: Ottawa Citizen
This article profiles Suzanne Côté, the new Supreme Court justice for Québec. Carissima Mathen, Common Law Section, discusses, stating “she’ll probably start to develop a distinct ‘judicial voice’ of her own.”