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The Law Enforcement Review Board (LERB) was established under Alberta's Police Act to provide an independent and impartial review of decisions related to complaints about the conduct of police officers and peace officers, and services and policies of the police services. Historically, the LERB reviewed decisions of chiefs and presiding officers after initial investigations on a standard of review of correctness, using a de novo hearing—the appeal court refers to the lower tribunal’s record to determine the facts, but will rule on the evidence and questions of law without deference (respectful submission to the judgment) to the lower tribunal’s findings. However, after two decisions of the Alberta Court of Appeal—Pelech and Newton—the LERB has come to view its mandate as limited to conducting a review on a reasonableness standard, and not holding de novo hearings. Our report discusses the concerns about restricting the mandate of the LERB to reasonableness and makes recommendations for changes to both the police complaint process and the Police Act. 100 pages. ISBN #1-896225-49-7. 2017.
Updated! Contains full text of the Alberta Act, including recent amendments, by-laws, current case law and tribunal decisions. Table of Concordance and other resources. 200+ pages. ISBN #1-896225-68-3.
This paper seeks to look at the effect of municipal bylaws on persons with low incomes through a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms lens. We examine the circumstances of those low-income Albertans persons who are most directly affected by some bylaws. We summarize the content of some representative bylaws and we discuss ways that the bylaws may have an adverse effect on low-income persons. Using hypothetical situations, we summarize the existing applicable legal decisions and principles and how they might be used to argue that the Charter rights of persons of low income have been violated. We also suggest possible remedies for these violations. We end with some recommendations for law reform (or bylaw reform). ISBN 1-896225-88-8. 178 pages.
This report examines the impact of the shift in the scope of executive powers in Canada on the separation of powers and the rule of law. There are three parts: Part One explains the separation of powers and how it operates in Canada; Part Two explores the role of the judiciary in defending the rule of law and the resulting tensions spawned as a consequence of carrying out this duty; and Part Three examines the Canadian executive's approach to this tension, and how it impacts the rule of law and the separation of powers. Finally, we highlight what this trend means for Canadian democracy and the rule of law, and why Canadians should take action to protect it. 2016. 43 pages ISBN# 896225-88-8.
This report uses human rights parameters for evaluating the design and implementations of work programs for inmates in Canada: human rights law, as it is expressed in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and international human rights instruments that Canada has ratified. Constitutional law issues are also considered. Although the report addresses only one aspect of the lives of those who are imprisoned, the human rights and civil liberties principles that are considered in this report also apply with respect to other conditions of incarceration as well. Thus, this report should be of interest to those who want to understand how the Charter and other human rights law apply to prisoners. 2014. 168 pages ISBN# 896225-78-0.
The question and answer format deals with legal and other employment issues faced by youth in Alberta: employment standards, discrimination and harassment, work and age, salary, benefits, hours of work and breaks, overtime, safety and working conditions, holiday, and being fired. Includes a resource section and learning exercises (updated minimum wage figures in 2014).
Background information for teachers and activities on human rights, the Charter, discrimination, bullying and harassment and applicable laws, suitable for secondary school students (Grades 7 to 12). May be used with The Respectful Me, Respectful You video and guidebook. Includes reproducible handouts. 2014.
Handy guide to terminology pertinent human rights law, privacy, revealing gender identity to other employees, use of bathrooms and other issues regarding accommodation of trans-identified persons in the workplace. 4 pages. For pamphlet format order from ACLRC at 403.220.2505.
This handbook provides information on a range of legal subjects of interest to seniors (65 years or older) - abuse, mental health, personal directives, powers of attorney and consumer protection. Includes a glossary of senior serving agencies in Alberta. It is written in “plain English” and is intended as a basic resource for seniors, their friends, relatives and advocates. Updated 2010.
The intent of the project is to promote and facilitate anti-racism education, at all levels of the formal education system. The goal is to ensure that every student receives appropriate and effective anti-racism education and support to address personal experiences of racism and enhance safety in self-affirming and productive ways.