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Canada’s New Prostitution Bill: Don’t Assume it’s Unconstitutional

—Michael Plaxton, University of Saskatchewan [Twitter: @MichaelPlaxton] Last week, Justice Minister Peter MacKay tabled the much-anticipated Bill C-36, The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act. The bill, which is a response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark ruling in Bedford, has already been the subject of considerable criticism. In particular, critics contend that

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Published on June 13, 2014
Author:          Filed under: Analysis

A Successful Challenge to Canada’s Prostitution Laws

—Vanessa MacDonnell, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law On December 20, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in one of the most anticipated cases of 2013: Canada (Attorney General) v Bedford[i], a constitutional challenge to three prostitution provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada.[ii] These provisions made it an offence to keep a common bawdy

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Published on January 15, 2014
Author:          Filed under: Developments