“If the people believe there’s an imaginary river out there, you don’t tell them there’s no river there. You build an imaginary bridge over the imaginary river.” - Nikita Khrushchev
Sections 53 and 54 of the Supreme Court Act authorize the Federal Government of Canada and the governments of the provinces to ask the Supreme Court of Canada for advisory opinions. The federal and provincial governments usually use this power on matters that may be challenged in future on constitutional grounds. This power is a flaw in our laws and can be solved by an act of Parliament. A guiding principle of democratic societies is separation of powers, especially a separate judiciary branch independent from politics and political influences. The reference
Making a living is a stressful activity and much of life can be nasty and brutish. Tort law does not provide compensation for all stress-causing and nasty conduct that individuals may suffer at the hands of another. A court cannot order people to be nice to each other. Yes, a judge had to rule so. The fight of two neighbors caused one of the most pleasant-to-read judgments ever issued by a court. Here is the judgment. Enjoy!
The Government of Canada has proposed new regulations amending the Immigration and Refugees Protection Act (“IRPA”) that would “narrow the definition of dependent child by reducing the age limit to ‘under 19’ and removing the exception for full-time students.” See the new regulation here.