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Authoritarianism, closer to home
We invite the Honourable Irwin Cotler back to speak about the impacts of authoritarianism, closer to home.Professor Cotler talked about recent events in the US, the mob attack on the Capitol building, and the rule of law implications. He also spoke...
Privacy and the rule of law
On International Data Privacy Day on January 28, we bring you this special episode, featuring remarks from lawyer Richard Peck, QC at our previous Rule of Law Lecture. He highlights modern technology’s invasion into our privacy, how it compromises our...
COVID-19 and the rule of law, part 2
In this episode, Edmonton health lawyer Tracey Bailey and host Jon Festinger examine our rights and freedoms in the midst of a pandemic. Tracey walked us through some of the differences in legislation in BC and Alberta as it relates to emergency powers...
COVID-19 and the rule of law, part 1
Earlier this year, BC ombudsperson Jay Chalke and his office found that two orders the BC government made in response to the pandemic were unlawful. In this episode, Jay explains the role of the ombudsperson in upholding the rule of law, how it helps...
The rise of authoritarianism and assaults to the rule of law, part 2
We welcome back renowned international human rights lawyer the Honourable Irwin Cotler to discuss several examples of what authoritarianism looks like in countries like China, Iran and Saudi Arabia. He touched on the Chinese government’s treatment of...
The rise of authoritarianism and assaults on the rule of law, part 1
In this episode, renowned international human rights lawyer Professor Irwin Cotler warns against the rise of authoritarianism in countries around the world, naming indicators such as erosion of the free press, criminalization of basic rights like free...
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Good resource on Canadian law & democracy
The Law Society of BC recently launched the Rule of Law Matters podcast to raise awareness and promote dialogue on what the rule of law means and why it matters. The rule of law is a fundamental principle underlying democracy to provide impartial control of the use of power by the state and to guard against arbitrary governance. A timely reminder in our increasingly polarized political climate.