The Right to Die: The Carter Case and Assisted Suicide in Canada

Alexis Mulvenna On October 14, the question of whether Canadians have the right to seek assisted suicide made its way to the Supreme Court of Canada yet again. Assisted suicide, which is currently illegal in Canada, is the intentional killing of oneself with the help of another. The issue was famously first addressed by the Supreme […]

Selling Sex: Bill C-36, Prostitution, and the Canadian Constitution

Alexis Mulvenna Last December, prostitution was forced on to the federal agenda when the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously struck down all three related Criminal Code provisions as unconstitutional, giving Parliament just one year to put forth new legislation. The Court was responsive to arguments made by the applicants in Canada v Bedford under section […]

Selling Sex in Canada

Natasha Segal On Thursday, June 20, Selling Sex: Experience, Advocacy and Research on Sex Work in Canada was launched at a party hosted by Maggie’s: The Toronto Sex Workers Action Project, featuring a giant singing vagina and a cake courtesy of –where else?—Frostitution. The cabaret book launch also included readings by Tor Fletcher, Jane Doe, […]

When a Judge Got Appointed to the Supreme Court and No One Noticed

Matt Thompson Last October, Prime Minister Stephen Harper nominated Judge Richard Wagner of the Quebec Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. If this is the first you’ve heard of it, you are not alone. On the day that Justice Wagner’s predecessor, Marie Deschamps, announced her retirement, the story was not reported until […]