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Thank you for your comment SHK. Similar to the women in El Salvador and women globally, Aboriginal Peoples in Canada have faced systemic discrimination, and a Court trained to recognize this would be highly beneficial. The government interference you refer to resulted in deterioration of many traditional Aboriginal systems of government, and it would be astounding to see traditional practices of dispute resolution and governance be woven into the Canadian judicial system. It is comforting to know that judges conferences and legal seminars across the country are now providing education in hopes of creating an understanding of these processes. Aboriginal consultation and sentencing circles are examples of recent efforts to incorporate cultural practices into our currently Eurocentric system. Perhaps a specialized court would be a stable venue for these types of processes.
Hello Mr Suffragor, Thank you for your comments. Unfortunately we were unable to give a detailed biography for Ms Sarkeesian in the blog post, but only mentioned her briefly as an explanation for the GamerGate controversy. Regardless what her business endeavors may be, she was harassed specifically for investigating (or discussing) sexist stereotypes in video games, hence its mention. As you can see from previous posts, this blog is not confined to solely legal issues. Yet, if you look close enough, you might be able to recognize that harassment based on gender can be considered a hate crime, which is therefore a legal issue. While not within the scope of the post to discuss potential criminal implications for harassment and bullying, there definitely are legal implications. As well, as with the theme of Ms Suffragette's posts this semester, we discuss topics related to women's rights. Equality and gender neutrality in a "past time" is just as necessary as within any other realm. When all aspects of our professional and personal lives respect diversity in gender (and other marginalized demographics), our society is better off. Since issues of disproportional representation and sexism often are not reflected in case law, we must look beyond only the hard cases. We appreciate your comments and invite you to read future posts which may be better aligned with your interests.
Thank you so much, we look forward to seeing you at the Legislature on November 27th. Thank you again for providing the above photographs.
Thank you Mitch, Eleanor, Kate and David for your comments and support! We have thoroughly enjoyed blogging this semester, and are already looking forward to what we have planned for next semester.
Thank you for your comment Marnie! The Uber debate has indeed sparked quite the controversy. It is interesting that civil litigants do not also have a Charter recognized right to a speedy trial, as some cases can take up to ten years to complete.
Thank you Suzanne! Watch for more exciting interviews in the coming weeks!
Hi Marnie! Thanks for your comment. You're absolutely right - there are retired individuals who could potentially serve as jurors; However, to serve as a juror the individual must be a resident of Alberta, and not excluded under s 4 of the Alberta Jury Act. Alberta has one of the youngest populations - out of the approximate 4,121,000 population, only about 468,000 are over the age of 65 (about 11%). Arguably more than half of the 65+ population would be under hardship by participating in a 42-week trial, which then may allow exclusion under s 5(1)(c) of the Jury Act. So, while I agree that there are individuals who could serve as a juror, the actual amount of people (probably under 4% of the population) is the reason for qualifying the jury pool potential as minuscule (and for dramatic effect of course). Karen - thank you for your comment! There is definitely a difference between American and Canadian jury power. Are you aware if there is a similar association for Canadian juries? I was unable to come across one. Thanks for the catch Professor Penney! Criminal law is a beautifully complicated creature.
Thanks for your comment! The fact that the Magna Carta continues to influence our lives today really speaks to its significance and how it was such a foundational document.
Margo-Looks like you had a great time ! Thank you so much for posting that!
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