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Back-to-work postal legislation found in violation of Charter rights

Justice Firestone of the Ontario Superior Court recently decided that back–to–work legislation introduced in 2011 aimed at striking postal workers from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers was an unjustified violation of the Union’s rights to freedom of association and expression under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. As a result, the judge retroactively declared the legislation of no force or effect.

 

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Appeal Court recognizes health and safety risks associated with sex-trade laws

On March 26, 2012, the Ontario Court of Appeal acknowledged that, “prostitution is a controversial topic, one that provokes heated and heartfelt debate about morality, equality, personal autonomy and public safety,” and overturned two of the three sections of the Criminal Code‘s prostitution law on the grounds that they are unconstitutional.

 

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