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Dave L. May 2, 2012
The case of a judge who steps over the mandate for independence and impartiality that he himself had set.
The Chief Justice of the Québec Superior Court just committed a gaffe… Indeed, he who just a few months ago said that “a judge cannot, because of his obligation to be impartial, participate in public debate”, now states that Justice Minister Jean-Marc Fournier must intervene to support the injunctions ordering students back to the classroom. What happens when the lines blur between the judiciary, the executive and the legislative?
Catherine Lalonde June 5, 2012
Anarchopanda, the philosophy professor become, in a panda costume, a symbolic figure of the student protests is contesting the constitutional validity of the city of Montreal’s new anti-mask regulation. His challenge will be deposited in the Supreme Court (Cour supérieure) in the next few hours, the Devoir learned.
The city of Montreal’s commission on public security (La Commission de la sécurité publique de la Ville de Montréal) adopted a rule on May 18th obliging protesters to show their faces and produce their itinerary to the police. Montrealers now can’t have their faces covered without “reasonable motive” and, if they want to protest, must inform the SPVM (Service de police de la Ville de Montréal) of their route in advance, under penalty of heavy fines. It’s up to the police officers to determine if the wearing of a mask in a public space is justified or not. This variable application is one of the points that raise the most criticism from jurists.