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Liberal Interpretations

Making sense of Justin Trudeau and his party

Clock Watching

The nuclear threat lingers still

Spending Power

Can compassion and efficiency be combined in the use of public funds?

Mark J. Freiman

Mark J. Freiman practises law at Lerners LLP in Toronto. He is a former deputy attorney general for Ontario. In his private practice he has appeared on a wide variety of human rights matters, including acting on behalf of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

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Mark J. Freiman

Raising Hell

A new look at the history of civil rights advocacy in Canada. November 2015
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association marked its 50th anniversary last year. Acting for Freedom: Fifty Years of Civil Liberties in Canada, with Marian Botsford Fraser as primary author, commemorates that anniversary by describing the controversies, court cases and campaigns in which the organization was involved over the first half century of its existence. A 50th anniversary can be an arbitrary demarcation…

Analysis vs. Polemic

A scholarly defence of Canada’s human rights regime December 2014
Human rights are said to be the rights we enjoy simply by virtue of our humanity. Some 66 years ago, when the nations of the world resolved to proclaim the content of these rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it was hardly surprising, in light of the horrific persecutions of the preceding decades, that protection from discrimination and from incitement to discrimination featured prominently on that…

“I Didn’t Do It”

How often, and why, do we send innocent people to jail? November 2011
All systems are prone to error and our justice system is no exception. At one pole, errors in the justice system manifest themselves in “wrongful acquittals,” with perpetrators, although duly apprehended and brought before a court, escaping punishment for their crimes. We hear a lot about such errors, either real or imagined, especially when high-profile cases…

Trial by Anecdote

A controversial polemicist takes on Canada's commitment to human rights June 2009
On January 11, 2008, Ezra Levant, his lawyer and a video camera attended an interview with a human rights officer from the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission. In 2006, Levant had published in the soon-to-be-defunct Western Standard the twelve famous Danish cartoons of the prophet Mohammed that had caused riots in Europe and…