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Common Law Radio

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Common Law Radio is a bimonthly program on Vancouver Co-op Radio, 100.5 fm which explores legal issues from the points of view of both the lawyers and individuals involved - all from our Canadian perspective.

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Common Law Radio is a bimonthly program on Vancouver Co-op Radio, 100.5 fm which explores legal issues from the points of view of both the lawyers and individuals involved - all from our Canadian perspective.

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Common Law Radio is a bimonthly program on Vancouver Co-op Radio, 100.5 fm which explores legal issues from the points of view of both the lawyers and individuals involved - all from our Canadian perspective.

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Rank #1: The Site C Dam: A Perspective on Aboriginal & Treaty Rights

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The Site C Dam is a large-scale hydroelectric dam currently under construction on the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia. It is situated on the traditional territory of the Treaty 8 First Nations. The dam has been highly contested by these First Nations and has been the subject of a number of cases brought before both the […]

Mar 22 2017
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #2: Sex Work in Canada

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In 2013, the Canada v Bedford case saw the Criminal Code provisions regulating sex work in Canada struck down as unconstitutional. The new legislation introduced by the federal government to regulate this area, titled the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, came into force the following year. Pivot Legal Society, a Vancouver-based anti-poverty group, recently released a report […]

Mar 01 2017
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #3: Gender Inequality & CEDAW

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The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women recently published a report following its review of Canada’s progress and fulfillment of its obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in late October. In the report, the Committee expresses concerns over a lack of access to […]

Jan 11 2017
40 mins
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Rank #4: The BC Teachers’ Federation

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In November the Supreme Court of Canada rendered a decision which brings to a close a 14-year legal battle between the BC Teachers’ Federation and the government of British Columbia. The court concluded that in 2002 the BC government violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms by passing a law restricting what the BCTF could bargain […]

Dec 13 2016
57 mins
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Rank #5: Human Rights Commissions

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June 2016 – Human Rights Commissions are considered part of the trifecta of human rights institutions: a tribunal to adjudicate complaints, a clinic to represent complainants, and a commission to represent the public interest. BC’s commission was shuttered about 15 years ago. In this episode we look at what the commission did, what other commissions […]

Dec 11 2016
46 mins
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Rank #6: Indigenous Law & Prisoners’ Rights

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November 14, 2016 – The case of Adam Capay in Ontario has risen to media prominence this fall as a troubling example of the use of solitary confinement in the criminal justing system, a practice that a United Nations Special Rapporteur has equated with torture. Valerie Napoleon is the Law Foundation Professor of Aboriginal Justice and Governance at the […]

Nov 24 2016
46 mins
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Rank #7: The Law of Tent Cities

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October 24, 2016 – Tent cities have become a fixture of urban life in British Columbia. In two recent cases the BC courts have examined the law related to tent cities in Abbotsford and Victoria. Hear housing and homelessness lawyer DJ Larkin of the Pivot Legal Society discuss her work on the case Abbotsford (City) v. Shantz. Then […]

Nov 07 2016
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #8: The Digital Divide & Poverty in BC: The PovNet Story

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October 14, 2016 – The online resource-sharing site PovNet has provided anti-poverty advocates across BC with information, networks, and training for almost two decades now. The organization aims to help address the “digital divide” that arises when poverty and technology intersect, and low-income folks face difficulties accessing both resources and community due to lack of […]

Oct 17 2016
40 mins
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Rank #9: The Living Wage

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May 2016 – The Living Wage. It’s an appealing idea: people should earn enough to meaningfully participate in society and to be able to raise children. But how exactly is the living wage calculated? How does the line set by the living wage really differ from the poverty line? Is it a problem with the […]

May 28 2016
34 mins
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Rank #10: Access to Information in British Columbia

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April 2016 – Late last year the Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC released a report, Access Denied: Record Retention and Disposal Practices of the Government of British Columbia. Describing what has come to be called the triple delete scandal, this report detailed a government culture of avoiding the access to information process. An assistant to the Minister […]

May 02 2016
41 mins
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