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Stripping youth rights

Is it time for a second look at laws that empower Canada’s school authorities the right to break the rules guaranteed under our Charter of Rights and Freedoms?

The recent strip search of a 15-year-old female student in Quebec City who was suspected of selling or carrying pot has raised the question. READ

A tax hike by any name

Back in 2009, then-premier Ed Stelmach made good on an election promise to kill the Alberta health-care premium. When he did it, the savings to Albertans was the equivalent of a 12 per cent cut in income taxes. READ

Digital eavesdroppers

Our weekend news feeds were supposed to be distracted by other things: how to find love on Valentine’s Day; how people in eastern North America were supposed to find their neighbours buried under two metres of snow; how to spend quality time with family on the long weekend, with our February snow melting all around us. Instead, we were instructed to watch what we say in front of the television. READ

Ready for the inevitable

Of course, I have no insider’s access and I do not know what is said in cabinet meetings, but I suspect the Harper government already has a team of civil servants drafting a law to allow suffering and dying patients to request the help of a doctor to ease and aid their death. READ

Punishment fits crime

The case of self-admitted “arrogant pissant” Justin Bourque signals a new era for Canada’s criminal justice system, which now has the power to lock up killers and throw away the keys. READ

Profitable pot revolution

When actors Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper hit the road on their choppers in the counterculture film Easy Rider, they cruised onto the big screen at the heart of the rise of recreational drug use, with marijuana at its epicentre. READ

Canadian workers first

Almost 30 years at her job apparently wasn’t enough to prevent Sandy Nelson from being replaced by the Harper government’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program. READ

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