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  • COVID-19 and the rule of law, part 2

    In this episode, Edmonton health lawyer Tracey Bailey and host Jon Festinger examine our rights and freedoms in the midst of a pandemic. Tracey walked us through some of the differences in legislation in BC and Alberta as it relates to emergency powers and explained the relationship between the medi … Read more »

  • COVID-19 and the rule of law, part 1

    Earlier this year, BC ombudsperson Jay Chalke and his office found that two orders the BC government made in response to the pandemic were unlawful.  In this episode, Jay explains the role of the ombudsperson in upholding the rule of law, how it helps people who have a concern with a government body … Read more »

  • The rise of authoritarianism and assaults to the rule of law, part 2

    We welcome back renowned international human rights lawyer the Honourable Irwin Cotler to discuss several examples of what authoritarianism looks like in countries like China, Iran and Saudi Arabia. He touched on the Chinese government’s treatment of Uighurs and the need for Canada and other countri … Read more »

  • The rise of authoritarianism and assaults on the rule of law, part 1

    In this episode, renowned international human rights lawyer Professor Irwin Cotler warns against the rise of authoritarianism in countries around the world, naming indicators such as erosion of the free press, criminalization of basic rights like free speech, and the imprisonment of lawyers. Adding … Read more »

  • Lawyer independence and the rule of law

    President Craig Ferris and Jon Festinger discuss what it means for lawyers to be independent, why lawyers must represent their clients’ interests, and what could happen if lawyers are threatened for just doing their jobs. 

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