Are you frustrated with the media and pundits providing an incomplete picture of a legal issue? A new law blog seeks to provide a more in-depth perspective on Canadian Legal Ease. The about page states,
This site intends to help fill that gap by providing a forum to provide the public with timely, informed commentary on legal issues currently facing Canada and Canadians.
The Idle No More movement is right to be concerned. Bill C-45’s amendments to these Acts could have significant negative impacts on Aboriginal and treaty rights, especially rights to hunt and fish, that are recognized and affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.
The follow-up post is from UofT law graduate Benjamin Oliphant, looking further at whether Bill C-45 violates the duty to consult in section 35. After providing case law on both sides of the argument he concludes,
As the Alberta Court of Appeal aptly noted: the “exact content of the duty to consult is in its formative stages, and is still being hammered out on the anvils of justice”. Hopefully this issue makes it up to the Supreme Court before too long.
The various analysis by the Globe & Mail and Mark Blevis, as well as cursory Google comparisons of Idle No More to things like the “Walking Dead,” suggest there is indeed quite a broad interest and demand for information on this subject.
If the contributors at this new site can provide some insightful commentary on topical issues I’m certain we would all appreciate it, particularly when it demonstrates that parties on both sides of a significant conflict do not necessarily have the complete answer.