Episode 11: Open Up and Lock Down! COVID-19 and Your Rights in Canada

Our first episode of Season 2 covers a topic on everyone’s mind right now: the spread of COVID-19.  Mindy Caterina & Garrett Jamieson discuss the rights of people in Canada during this unprecedented emergency.  Learn about what laws and powers will be available for the government to use, including:

  • The federal Emergencies Act
  • The federal Quarantine Act
  • Provincial and territorial emergency  laws and powers

Wishing everyone health and happiness from the bottom of our hearts.

Stay safe, be well, and . . . stop hoarding toilet paper!

Useful Links:

The federal Emergencies Act

The federal Quarantine Act

Globe and Mail article: “How measures to contain COVID-19 may clash with Canadians’ Charter Rights”

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Episode 6: The Handrail’s Tale

Imagine being arrested and fined for not holding an escalator handrail — unfortunately for Bela Kosoian, this happened in Canada!

The Montréal Municipal Court acquitted Kosoian and found that not holding the handrail was not an offence.  Yet, Kosoian’s attempts to sue for her wrongful arrest have been unsuccessful – which is why she is taking her case to the Supreme Court of Canada.

In this episode, learn about:

  • The story of Bela Kosoian, the woman who was arrested in Québec in 2009 for not holding an escalator handrail
  • How and why Bela Kosoian sued for her wrongful arrest
  • Why the Québec Court of Justice and the Québec Court of Appeal ruled that Bela Kosoian was not entitled to damages
  • Damages: the kind of damages being sought by Kosoian
  • Damages: the case of Cameron Ward, the lawyer who sued the City of Vancouver after the police wrongfully arrested and strip-searched him because they thought he might throw a pie at the Prime Minister

**UPDATE**

On November 29, 2019, after this episode was released, the Supreme Court of Canada allowed Bela Kosoian’s appeal.  It ruled that the police officer had no legal justification to arrest Kosoaian and awarded her $20,000 in damages.

Supreme Court of Canada decision (English version)

CTV News article “Why the handrail verdict matters”

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Useful Links:

iHeartRADIO article that includes the pictogram referred to in this episode

Toronto Star article about Bela Kosoian and her case

CTV News coverage about Bela Kosian’s case

 

Episode 3: How The Canadian Constitution Works (Basically)

A quick *one hitter* that quickly breaks down how the Canadian Constitution works with the quickest criminal law example (basically).

In this episode, learn about:

  • what legally happened in 1867
  • why and how governments have power
  • what the Queen’s deal is in Canada
  • what changed in 1982
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Episode 2: How To Read Criminal Cases (With A Side Of The Constitution)

Empower yourself, don’t repress yourself! In this short *one hitter* episode, Mindy & Garrett chat about how to read and find Canadian criminal cases (with a quick detour into the constitution).

This episode is for anyone who wants to discover how to research Canadian criminal cases for themselves.

Learn about:

  • how precedents work
  • how to do your own legal research, and
  • why all Canadian criminal cases begin with the name “Regina”. . .
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Useful links:

Canlii (The Canadian Legal Information Institute)

The Criminal Code of Canada