January 27, 2001 |
A long-awaited decision by Canada's Supreme Court on Friday clarified what is and isn't child pornography, upholding a law that bans possession of child pornography but creating exceptions that child advocacy groups decried as "opening the doors to pedophiles." In resolving a yearlong challenge, the court tried to strike a balance between protecting children from sexual exploitation and preserving the freedom of thought, belief and expression.
January 5, 2001 |
A survey of 17,300 eighth-grade students, conducted by the University of Michigan, asked how many had smoked a cigarette on a daily basis--repeat, at least one cigarette a day--during the 30 days prior to the survey. Eight percent of the eighth-graders said, yes, they had. Do the math. That's more than 1,300 kids--some no older than 12--who claim they light up a cigarette every day. OK, let's say a few of the 8% lied. You know, just trying to be funny, or else just trying to act cool.
June 16, 2000 |
The Supreme Court unanimously upheld Canada's 1995 law requiring that gun owners be licensed and register firearms. The law, requiring licenses by year's end and registration of weapons by Jan. 1, 2003, has been criticized by the pro-gun lobby and some provincial governments as excessive and inefficient. The law was prompted by a gun-control campaign after a man shot and killed 14 people in Montreal in 1989.
February 12, 2000 |
The Canadian government announced an overhaul of 68 federal statutes to erase most legal differences between heterosexual and homosexual couples. The sweeping changes--affecting everything from citizenship to spousal tax credits and spousal benefits in government pensions--would extend benefits and obligations to homosexual couples on the same basis as common-law heterosexual couples.
March 30, 1997 |
When home electronics dealer Mirek Matuszewski sells a satellite television system to a customer, he hands out a little legal advice to go with it. There's nothing wrong with owning one of the pizza-sized dishes in Canada, but the minute it starts receiving U.S. programming via satellite, the owner is in breach of Canadian law. There are as many as 300,000 such outlaws in Canada today, watching television beamed from such U.S.-operated services as DirecTV and Echostar.
January 18, 1997 |
The World Trade Organization ruled that legislation designed to shield Canada's magazine industry from competition by lower-cost U.S. publications violates international trade rules. The ruling by a WTO panel overturned the federal government's ban on split-run publications such as Time Warner Inc.'s Sports Illustrated, which in 1993 began publishing issues with U.S. editorial content and Canadian advertising. Under legislation passed in the 1960s, U.S.