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 5: Criminal Trials (The Nutshell)

What if Garrett was charged with alarming the Queen?  In this *one hitter*, Mindy uses Garrett as an example to explain how a criminal trial works.

Learn about:

  • the difference between criminal trials and civil trials
  • how evidence in trials is entered through witnesses
  • how Garrett could defend his criminal charge
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Episode 4: Rights, Right? (Your Legal Rights in Canada)

Rights, right? In our second full-length episode, Mindy Caterina and Garrett Jamieson break down your legal rights in Canada.  Learn about:

  • Your legal rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • The case of James Keegstra — why sometimes, the government can infringe your rights
  • The case of Hussein Nur — why minimum sentences for gun possession were struck down because they infringed the legal rights of Canadians
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Useful links:

R v Keegstra: the case of James Keegstra at the Supreme Court of Canada

R v Nur: the case of Hussein Nur at the Supreme Court of Candaa

R v Nur: the case of Hussein Nur at the Ontario Court of Appeal

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

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 1: When Can The Cops Strip Search you?

In our very first episode,  Mindy & Garrett *get to the bottom of* police search powers . . .

Topics covered include:  how to know if you are being “searched”, when the police can legally search you, and, the question of the hour – when can the police strip search you??

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