Gerald D. Chipeur, Q.C.

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Fair Recognition of Newcomer Qualifications

On June 19, 2019, the Honourable Jason Copping, Alberta Minister of Labour and Immigration (“Minister”), introduced Bill 11 in the Legislature for first reading. If enacted, it will become the Fair Registration Practices Act (“Act”). The Minister highlighted the importance...

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The Courts Erect a Wall

I. Introduction In a decision released on May 31, 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada (“Court”) addressed the question of how high the wall between church and court should extend. Like the wall between church and state, the answer was...

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Gerald Chipeur comments in The Globe and Mail article on Supreme Court ruling

The Globe and Mail, "Religious groups ‘free to determine’ membership, rules: Supreme Court"

From religious groups to political parties, Canada’s voluntary associations have won a major victory at the Supreme Court of Canada, which ruled on Thursday that judges have no business reviewing their decisions. The case before the court involved a question of...

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Alberta Health and Alberta Doctors Partner to Improve Patient Care

On October 17, 2016, the Government of Alberta (“Alberta”) and the Alberta Medical Association (“AMA”) announced that AMA members had ratified amendments to the existing Master Agreement between the parties. The Master Agreement was not set to expire until 2018,...

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Gerald Chipeur quoted in The Globe and Mail on assisted-dying bill

The Globe and Mail, "What you should know about the Liberals’ assisted-dying bill"

The Liberal government introduced a bill on Thursday that would legalize medical assistance in dying. The Supreme Court ruled in February, 2015, that a blanket ban on assisted death was unconstitutional, saying the sanctity of life includes “the passage into...

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Changes in the Criminal Code: Employee Rights in a Time of Legal Chaos

Introduction In 2016, employees may be faced with requests from employers or from others whom the employees serve to participate in activities that are prohibited by the Criminal Code.  There are two areas, in particular, of potential legal conflict in...

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Constitutionality of the Extra-Provincial Application of Securities Law

Exempt Edge, Issue 14

I. Extra-provincial Impact of Provincial Securities Laws Provincial securities legislation typically prohibits the advertisement or promotion of investment in certain security instruments, unless the investment opportunity has been properly registered with the province’s securities commission or qualifies for an exemption...

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Physician-Assisted Suicide: Drafting Memo for Parliament

Charter and Human Rights Litigation, 1912-1914

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Reciprocal Enforcement of Judgments in Arizona and Alberta

It is now easier to enforce an Arizona judgment in Alberta and vice versa.  On April 1, 2015, Governor Douglas Ducey of Arizona signed into law Senate Bill 1447 – foreign country money judgments; enforcement (“Arizona Statute”).  This law authorizes...

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Co-operative Federalism Reinforced: Workers’ Compensation Rules Clarified

Parliament said that it desired a flexible approach to workers’ compensation for federal employees across Canada when it passed the Government Employees Compensation Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. G-5 (“GECA”).  The Supreme Court of Canada upheld that model of  flexibility for...

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First Nations Remuneration Transparency

The Harper Administration has made transparency its theme since assuming office in 2006.  First, it brought in the Federal Accountability Act, S.C. 2006, c. 9, to make transparent all communication to the Federal Government, where a fee is charged for...

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First Nations Remuneration Transparency

Canadian Labour & Employment Law Blog

The Harper Administration has made transparency its theme since assuming office in 2006.  First, it brought in the Federal Accountability Act, S.C. 2006, c. 9, to make transparent all communication to the Federal Government, where a fee is charged for...

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Supreme Court of Canada on Adequate Labour Tribunal Reasons

On November 29, 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada accepted the arguments of Miller Thomson partner Kent Davidson and reinstated a decision of the Alberta Labour Relations Board. In so doing, the Supreme Court underscored the deference that appellate courts...

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Polygamy: The Curious Case Of The Unrequited Reference

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Another Free Speech Precedent in Alberta

Charter and Human Rights Quarterly

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Canada’s First Ambassador to the Office of Religious Freedom

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The Protection of Freedom of Expression is not Just the Responsibility of the Courts

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Right to Work Legislation in Parliament

Has right to work legislation been introduced in Parliament? Not yet. However, the seed has been planted. In the fall of 2012, Mr. Pierre Poilievre, M.P. and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, issued a public letter expressing the view...

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Parliament acted legally when it passed Bill C-18

The Globe and Mail

Last week, in an op-ed column on Bill C-18, the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act (the legislation that ends the Canadian Wheat Board’s monopoly of wheat and barley sales), Peter H. Russell, professor emeritus of political science at the...

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