Update on Constitutional Challenge to C-51

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Via @cforcese,
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You can read the Notice of Application for the constitutional challenge to Bill C-51, the new anti-terror legislation, here.

The applicants - the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression - are crowdfunding their constitutional challenge. Visit their crowdfunding site here

Cross-Post: uOttawa Common Law Launches Visiting Scholars Program and Shirley Greenberg International Bursary for Visiting Scholars

The Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa is pleased to announce its Visiting Scholars Program aimed at welcoming visitors, particularly international visitors, to undertake research and reflection while housed in our faculty for periods of weeks to months. The Faculty of Law also announces the Shirley Greenberg International Bursary for Visiting Scholars that provides limited funding to a visiting professor from abroad every year.

The Visiting Scholars Program is open to all professors, researchers and graduate students who wish to visit for any period of time--from weeks to months--at the Faculty of Law. The Faculty of Law cannot provide office space but can provide access to library and internet services, participation in our abundant and enriching lecture series, and connections to our vibrant research community.

Applicants to the Visiting Scholars Program must have secured their own funds for travel and accommodation and be recommended by a faculty member who is willing to serve as their contact person. If the applicant's first language is not English, French or an Indigenous language, they will be required to produce evidence of proficiency in one of those languages or a faculty contact person who is willing and able to provide supervision and support. 

Applicants for the Shirley Greenberg International Bursary for Visiting Scholars must be full-time professors employed at a law faculty outside of Canada who propose to visit for one-two academic semesters. One bursary, described below, will be awarded each academic year, aimed at deflecting some of the costs associated with international travel and relocation to Ottawa. The visitors will also be provided with office space, wireless and library access, and the opportunity to present their research at a faculty seminar. Recipients of the Greenberg Bursary may also be asked to provide guest lectures in courses that coincide with their expertise, and may request to teach a course while visiting.

The Shirley Greenberg International Bursary for Visiting Scholars of $7,500 will be awarded to a visitor whose research project reflects the goals of the Shirley Greenberg Chair of Women and the Legal Profession: "The holder of the Chair works with a large existing group of feminist scholars, all committed to women’s equality through law, to encourage women to enter the profession, to train legal professionals to deliver services to women, to connect women in law school with women in the legal profession, and to further law reform and research impacting on women as clients and women in the profession."

Application Procedures for the Visiting Scholars Program and for the Shirley Greenberg International Bursary for Visiting Scholars:

Applications for the Fall semester (September-November) are due July 1st

Applications for the Winter Semester (February-April) are due November 1st

All prospective applicants must submit an application form and the supporting materials:
  1. Completed Visiting Scholar Application
  2. CV, complete with publications
  3. One-page research proposal
  4. Two (2) Letters of Reference in support of the application
  5. Applicants whose first language is not English, French or an Indigenous language must provide evidence of proficiency in one of these languages or a faculty contact person who will facilitate their visit.
Applications should be sent to the attention of the Vice Dean Research Elizabeth Sheehy esheehy@uottawa.ca.

Cross-Post: Prof. Suzanne Bouclin Receives Early Researcher Award for Access to Justice Project

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

From the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law website:


Professor Suzanne Bouclin has received an Early Researcher Award (ERA) from the Ministry of Research and Innovation for a five-year project entitled “Addressing the Access to Justice Crisis for Homeless People:  The Potential for New Communications Technologies.”

Prof. Bouclin’s research aims to provide direct social and legal benefits to homeless people facing obstacles in securing access to justice in Ontario.  Using new media and communications technologies, the project aims to enhance homeless people’s digital literacy and increase their access to necessary legal information.  The project will ask how Social Networking Sites (SNSs) can be used to provide vital and timely legal information to the homeless; and whether SNSs can increase homeless people's engagement with law as active agents exercising their rights, rather than simply as passive people who experience legal regulation on a daily basis.

The Early Researcher Award program helps promising, recently-appointed Ontario researchers build their research teams of undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, associates, and technicians. The goal of the program is to improve Ontario’s ability to attract and retain the best and brightest research talent.

Prof. Bouclin will receive $140,000 from the Ministry, with an additional $50,000 from the University in matching funds.  She is part of a group of 11 researchers from the University of Ottawa who will share a total of $1.54 million as part of the Early Researcher Award program.  Among the other uOttawa projects funded by the program are a project examining northern transportation planning, and a project to develop low-cost high-efficiency cell designs for solar energy.

Congratulations to Prof. Bouclin!

Toronto Star: "Journalist Group and Civil Liberties Association Start Constitutional Challenge to Anti-Terrorism Bill C-51"

The Toronto Star is reporting that Canadian Journalists for Freedom of Expression and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association are challenging the constitutionality of several provisions of Canada's new anti-terror bill.

Professor Craig Forcese of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (Common Law Section) and Professor Kent Roach of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law have authored an exhaustive analysis of the law's shortcomings. Their analysis is available here, and will be forthcoming in a new book in the fall. 



Litigation Update

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Professor Joanne St. Lewis of the University of Ottawa Faculty of law has won a permanent injunction at the Ontario Court of Appeal, prohibiting Denis Rancourt from further publishing racist, defamatory comments about her in any form.

This is a great victory for all of those in academia who have worked to create a workplace free of racism and other forms of oppression.


Feminist Review of Canada's Human Rights Record

On July 6th, 2015 a delegation of women from the Feminist Alliance for International Action ( FAFIA) appeared before the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva. Every five years, as a signatory to the United Nations Covenant on Civil and Political rights, Canada reports in writing and in person to the Committee on it's compliance with the Covenant.

During these periodical reviews non-governmental organisations such as FAFIA  prepare 'shadow reports', which document Canada's human rights record in various key areas, and appear in person. FAFIA's shadow report documents Canada's failures to uphold important human rights standards as they relate to all Canadian women. FAFIA's shadow report co-filed with the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) documents egregious human rights violations against Indigenous women.

Blogging for Equality will host a series of blog posts over the coming weeks highlighting the findings of these two shadow reports in various areas.

Trinity Western University Litigation Update

Monday, July 6, 2015

The Ontario Superior Court in this decision denied Trinity Western University's application for Judicial Review. TWU applied for a review of the decision by the Law Society of Upper Canada not to accredit their graduates to practice law in Ontario.

Feminist Professor Constance Backhouse wins prize

Thursday, June 25, 2015

University of Ottawa Faculty of Law Professor Constance Backhouse has won the prestigious Canadian Council for the Arts Molson Prize for the Social Sciences and Humanities. 

Congratulations Professor Backhouse, we are so proud of your feminist contributions.


Feminist Bioethics link

Monday, June 15, 2015

For those working at the intersection of ethics, law, health and feminism- here is a fantastic online resource treating feminist bioethics. In particular the bibliographies are worth looking at.

TWU litigation mini roundup

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Here are a few sites of interest to those following the TWU litigation:

1) Out on Bay Street has an excellent website which includes press releases, legal arguments and other extensive archived materials.

2) Here and here: media coverage of the Ontario case.
Designed by Rachel Gold.