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Working for human rights around the world

Working for human rights around the world Connie L. Mah Among the many international organizations for justice, there are groups that focus on advocating universal human rights. Amnesty International Amnesty International is one of the most prominent international human rights organizations. It has about 1.8 million members and supporters from more than 150 countries. Amnesty […]

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25 years of the Charter of freedom of religion

25 years of the Charter of freedom of religion Andrea Fugeman-Millar Historically, the relationship between freedom of religion and government power has been volatile. Government-imposed cruelties of gross proportion and unspeakable tragedy have been imposed upon individuals for their religious beliefs, let alone actions, for millennia. However, the international understanding of government-sanctioned persecution of the […]

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To charge or not to charge — and other discretions

To charge or not to charge — and other discretions Erin Olsen In our system of criminal justice, the Crown Prosecutors can be considered the gatekeepers of the criminal justice system. They screen police investigations, direct the presentation of a case to a judge, and argue what appropriate sentences might be. All of these duties […]

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Enforcing international conventions and customary international law in Canada

Enforcing international conventions and customary international law in Canada Linda McKay-Panos International courts, such as the International Court of Justice at The Hague, deal with international disputes between States, not between individuals. Very recently, in 2002, the International Criminal Court came into being to deal with individual acts of genocide and serious human rights violations […]

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Contracts in the context of family law

Contracts in the context of family law Robert G. Harvie Why do we concern ourselves with such things? The concept of the contract allows people to make commitments between themselves that the state will enforce–the result being future stability of relationships, avoidance of conflict, and general societal harmony. How odd, then, to apply these concepts […]

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A lease is a contract

A lease is a contract Lynn Parish Most of us do not think of ourselves as negotiators and deal-makers. The reality is that in our everyday lives we are negotiating and making agreements all the time without really thinking about it. Some of the agreements are purely personal matters without any legal implications. Other agreements […]

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The pros and cons of personality testing in the workplace

The pros and cons of personality testing in the workplace Garett A. Eisenbraun Even a simple search of the Internet will reveal any number of “psychological experts” who are willing to assist an employer by assessing its employees or potential employees for a range of personality traits and aptitudes. The use of personality tests in […]

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Thinking like a watershed

Thinking like a watershed Michael M. Wenig Alberta’s fresh water supply has long posed a management challenge. Eighty percent of demand for the province’s fresh water is in the southern region, which accounts for only twenty percent of the province’s supply. However, ecological concerns, costs, and increasing industrial water demands in the north, have precluded […]

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Kids on death row. in the US and Canada

Kids on death row. in the US and Canada Teresa Mitchell Christopher Simmons was seventeen years old and still a junior in high school when he murdered a woman in the State of Missouri. Because he was seventeen, he was outside the jurisdiction of the juvenile court system and was tried as an adult. After […]

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courthouse design with its users in mind

The Calgary Courts Centre: courthouse design with its users in mind Bill Chomik [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Architects are rarely given the opportunity to challenge the status quo when designing institutional buildings, particularly justice facilities–the risks to the client group are typically deemed unacceptable. This, however, was not the case in the design of the much anticipated, […]