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RST LEGAL ISSUES DEBATE TOPICS



Privacy: does it exist anymore? Have we traded it for technology

(LIA pg 460 and LIA 126)





Aboriginal over-representation in prisons



Publication Bans (Ashley Smith case, Tori Stafford case, the Toronto 18 trial)




Prostitution: is decriminalization the answer?




School violence (Jordan Manners case, Concordia, Dawson college shootings)




Pardons (Karla Homolka, Graham James)



Drug Treatment for Addicts (Institute in Vancouver)




Youth Gangs (Jane Creba shooting, the Malvern Crew, the Galloway Boys, the Eaton Centre shooting)




Racial Profiling (Jacqueline Nassiah, LIA p. 302)



The Omnibus Crime Bill (Mandatory Minimum Sentences) (LIA p. 238)



Tasers: (Robert Dziekanski / LIA p. 212 Police use of violence



(Cyber) Bullying (LIA p. 376)



Security Certificates: the Secret Trial Five; Adil Charkaoui




Doctor Assisted Suicide (Rodriguez, Rasouli, Gloria Taylor)




Illegal Downloading—LIA, p. 103




Terrorism: the Toronto 18 Bomb Plot, Said Namouh, Mohammad Momin Khawaja




Native Standoffs: Caledonia / Gary McHale



Sexual harassment (Jordan Wimmer, Diane LaCalamita, Janet Merlo)



Legal Aid—should it be free for all? Access to legal counsel – should this be a right? Why do tax payers foot the bill for criminals? LAI, p. 412




Copyright laws – business law issue – who collects? LIA 103 Illegal Music Downloading —Bill C-60 —Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada v. Canadian Assn. of Internet Providers (2004) 2 S.C.R., 27



When the Powerful Break the Law: Conrad Black, Michael Bryant, Charles Smith, Russell Williams, Rob Ford, Duffy, Pamela Wallin,




Self Defence: fighting back or vigilantism?

Gun Control in Canada (LIA pag 228)





Refugees: is the new federal legislation constitutional? Who decides who is in and who is out?

LIA 132




The G20 summit—Did police go too far? Who are the Black Block? Bill Blair’s report. CCLA’s doc (as an alternative, you could look at the Occupy Toronto protests or the Quebec student protests)




Polygamy




Honour Killings in Canada: the Shafia trial, Aqsa Parvez


Identity Theft (LIA pg 556)




Women's Prisons—from the P4W scandal to now



Adoption rights – and other issues related to privacy versus a child`s right to know. (LIA 518 as a start)



Racial Profiling – Discriminatory Practices? Legitimate police work?

LIA 302




Class Action Suits – should they be allowed?
LIA pg 438



Does Marriage Matter – Common Law is the same thing
(LIA pg 480)



Mandatory Minimums – is this the answer?

(LIA 328)





Role of a jury – is it necessary? Do they make mistakes? Is it useful and practical anymore? (LIA pg 278)



Who do children really belong to? What are the rights of parents versus the government? Can a child be taught unconventional ideas? (LIA 178)


Technology in the law – is a cartoon or an avatar still immune to the law?

LIA pg 90




Pornography/Freedom of Artistic expression

—R. v. Sharpe (2001) 1 S.C.R. 45

—R. v. Butler (1992) 70 C.C.C. 129

—Little Sisters Book & Art Emporium v. Can. (Minister of Justice) [2000] 2 S.C.R. 1120

—R. v. Labaye, [2005] 3 S.C.R. 728, 2005 SCC 80




Rights of Criminals/Accused persons

Sauvé v. Canada (Attorney General), [1993] 2 S.C.R. 438;

Sauvé v. Canada (Chief Electoral Officer), [2002] 3 S.C.R. 519; 2002 SCC 68

—R. v. Askov (1990) 2 S.C.R. 1199

—Bill C-27 (the new "three strikes and you're a dangerous offender" legislation)

—Steven Truscott, Guy-Paul Morin, David Marshall





Rights of same-sex couples

—Egan v. Canada (1995) 2 S.C.R. 418 , —Miron v. Trudel (1995) 2 S.C.R. 418 , —Vriend v. Alberta (1998) 1 S.C.R. 493 , —Reference re: Same Sex Marriage (2004) S.C.C. 79




Rights of the Disabled

—Eldridge v. British Columbia (Attorney General) (1997) 3 S.C.R. 624

—Auton v. British Columbia Attorney General (2004) S.C.C. 78 (and Deskin-Wynberg)

—Eaton v. Brant County Board of Education, [1997] 1 S.C.R. 241




CHOICE propose an area of Canadian law that you want to explore, that has been in the news, and is interesting to your team.



Physician-Assisted Suicide

—Sue Rodrigues (1993), —Nancy B. —Robert Latimer (2001)









  1. Privacy: does it exist anymore?

Have we traded it for technology

(LIA pg 460 and LIA 126)



  • http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/01/24/f-vp-moreman-privacy-right.html

  • www.realprivacy.ca

  1. Aboriginal over-representation in prisons

  • http://www.oci-bec.gc.ca/rpt/annrpt/annrpt20052006info-eng.aspx

  • http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=70c1f4ba-76d2-4955-9783-657c8ee6ad0e

  1. Prostitution: is decriminalization the answer?

  • http://www.thecourt.ca/2010/10/12/bedford-v-canada-renewed-debate-on-the-worlds-oldest-profession/

  • http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/TV_Shows/Power_&_Politics_with_Evan_Solomon/1308697887/ID=1999624142

  1. Publication Bans (Ashley Smith case, Tori Stafford case, the Toronto 18 trial)


  • http://www.cjfe.org/resources/features/publication-bans-and-open-court-principle-canada

  1. School violence (Jordan Manners case, Concordia, Dawson college shootings)

  • http://www.thestar.com/news/article/217023




  1. Youth Gangs (Jane Creba shooting, the Malvern Crew, the Galloway Boys, the Eaton Centre shooting)

  • http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/prg/cp/bldngevd/2007-yg-1-eng.aspx#s3

  1. Drug Treatment for Addicts (Institute in Vancouver)

  • http://supervisedinjection.vch.ca/

  • http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2011/09/29/bc-insite-supreme-court-ruling-advancer.html




  1. Pardons (Karla Homolka, Graham James)

  • http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1094559--unpardonable-policy

  • http://www.pardons.org/?_vsrefdom=gaw&gclid=CPvMsbXG_a0CFS6FQAod8jcetQ

  1. The Omnibus Crime Bill (Mandatory Minimum Sentences) (LIA p. 238)

  • http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/09/21/f-federal-crime-legislation.html
  • http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/09/21/pol-crime-bill-in-out.html


  1. Racial Profiling (Jacqueline Nassiah, LIA p. 302)

  • http://www.thestar.com/specialsections/knowntopolice




  1. (Cyber) Bullying (LIA p. 376)

  • http://www.canadiansafeschools.com/programs/research.htm

  • http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2012/05/03/ns-cyberbullying-law-murchison.html

  1. Self Defence: fighting back or vigilantism?

Gun Control in Canada (LIA pag 228)

  • http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/05/03/f-self-defence.html

  1. Tasers: (Robert Dziekanski / LIA p. 212

Police use of violence

  • http://www.cbc.ca/news/interactives/map-tasers-canada/

  • http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/01/19/tasers-a-new-urban-terrorism-against-downtrodden-canadian-study/

  1. Doctor Assisted Suicide (Rodriguez, Rasouli, Gloria Taylor)

  • http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/LOP/researchpublications/919-e.htm

  • http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2011/11/15/assisted-suicide-returns-to-canadian-courts/



  1. Terrorism: the Toronto 18 Bomb Plot, Said Namouh, Mohammad Momin Khawaja


  • http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/TV+Shows/the+fifth+estate/ID/1412156226/?page=7




  1. Security Certificates: the Secret Trial Five; Adil Charkaoui

  • http://secrettrial5.com/

  • http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2009/08/21/f-security-certificates.html




  1. Native Standoffs: Caledonia / Gary McHale

  • http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/07/08/caledonia-lawsuit.html




  1. Sexual harassment (Jordan Wimmer, Diane LaCalamita, Janet Merlo)

  • http://www.canadianlawyermag.com/Suing-for-Equity-s-Sake.html

  • http://www.stephenhammond.ca/sexual-harassment-in-the-workplace.php

  1. Illegal Downloading—LIA, p. 103

  • http://www.pirateparty.ca/

  • http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2011/09/12/file-sharing-lawsuits-canada_n_958738.html



  1. Legal Aid—should it be free for all? Access to legal counsel – should this be a right? Why do tax payers foot the bill for criminals?LAI, p. 412

  • http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/

  • http://www.scc-csc.gc.ca/court-cour/ju/spe-dis/bm07-03-08-eng.asp
  • http://www.themarknews.com/articles/531-lawyers-on-strike


  1. Women's Prisons—from the P4W scandal to now

  • http://dawn.thot.net/election2004/issues32.htm

  • http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/i-wasnt-that-monster-131845373.html




  1. When the Powerful Break the Law: Conrad Black, Michael Bryant, Charles Smith, Russell Williams, Rob Ford

  • http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/black_conrad/trial-glance.html

  • http://www2.macleans.ca/tag/michael-bryant/

  • http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2009/12/07/f-charles-smith-goudge-inquiry.html

  • http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/russell-williams/

  1. The G20 summit—Did police go too far? Who are the Black Block? Bill Blair’s report. CCLA’s doc

  • http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/publications/files/reports/g20_after_action_review.pdf

  • http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/2010-2011/youshouldhavestayedathome/

  • http://ccla.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Breach-of-the-Peace-Final-Report.pdf

(as an alternative, you could look at the Occupy Toronto protests or the Quebec student protests)

  1. Honour Killings in Canada: the Shafia trial, Aqsa Parvez
  • http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/verdict-reached-in-shafia-murder-trial/article2318731/


  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqWm9r8AZ2o




  1. Refugees: is the new federal legislation constitutional? Who decides who is in and who is out?

LIA 132

  • http://ccrweb.ca/en/refugee-reform

  • http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/refugees/reform.asp




  1. Polygamy

  • http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/11/23/b-c-polygamy-ruling-offers-road-map-to-avoid-prosecution-lawyer/

  • http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/11/23/a-confused-judicial-treatise-on-polygamy/




  1. Copyright laws – business law issue – who collects? LIA 103

Illegal Music Downloading —Bill C-60

—Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada v. Canadian Assn. of Internet Providers (2004) 2 S.C.R., 27

Canadian Recording Industry Association , federal court of appeal case


  1. Identity Theft (LIA pg 556)

  1. Adoption rights – and other issues related to privacy versus a child`s right to know

(LIA 518 as a start)

LL. Racial Profiling – Discriminatory Practices? Legitimate police work?

LIA 302


  1. Class Action Suits – should they be allowed?
    LIA pg 438

  1. Does Marriage Matter – Common Law is the same thing
    (LIA pg 480)




MM. Role of a jury – is it necessary? Do they make mistakes? Is it useful and practical anymore?

(LIA pg 278)



  1. Who do children really belong to? What are the rights of parents versus the government? Can a child be taught unconventional ideas? (LIA 178)

PP. Mandatory Minimums – is this the answer?

(LIA 328)



NN. Technology in the law – is a cartoon or an avatar still immune to the law?
LIA pg 90



Pornography/Freedom of Artistic expression

—R. v. Sharpe (2001) 1 S.C.R. 45

—R. v. Butler (1992) 70 C.C.C. 129

—Little Sisters Book & Art Emporium v. Can. (Minister of Justice) [2000] 2 S.C.R. 1120

—R. v. Labaye, [2005] 3 S.C.R. 728, 2005 SCC 80




Rights of Criminals/Accused persons

Sauvé v. Canada (Attorney General), [1993] 2 S.C.R. 438;

Sauvé v. Canada (Chief Electoral Officer), [2002] 3 S.C.R. 519; 2002 SCC 68

—R. v. Askov (1990) 2 S.C.R. 1199

—Bill C-27 (the new "three strikes and you're a dangerous offender" legislation)

—Steven Truscott, Guy-Paul Morin, David Marshall





Rights of the Disabled

—Eldridge v. British Columbia (Attorney General) (1997) 3 S.C.R. 624

—Auton v. British Columbia Attorney General (2004) S.C.C. 78 (and Deskin-Wynberg)

—Eaton v. Brant County Board of Education, [1997] 1 S.C.R. 241

http://www.archdisabilitylaw.ca/index.asp





Rights of same-sex couples

—Egan v. Canada (1995) 2 S.C.R. 418

—Miron v. Trudel (1995) 2 S.C.R. 418

—Vriend v. Alberta (1998) 1 S.C.R. 493

—Reference re: Same Sex Marriage (2004) S.C.C. 79




Physician-Assisted Suicide

—Sue Rodrigues (1993)

—Nancy B.

—Robert Latimer (2001)









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