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The Failed Experiment: Gun Control and Public Safety in Canada, Australia, England and Wales popular

In this study Gary Mauser looks at crime trends in Commonwealth countries that have recently introduced firearm regulations, those being Great Britain, Australia, and Canada. Mauser argues that the widely ignored key to evaluating firearms regulations is to examine trends in total violent crime, not just crimes committed with firearms.
http://www.fraserinstitute.ca/admin/books/files/FailedExperi...

A Civil Argument About Dignity, Beliefs and Marriage

Ian T. Benson wrote this brief regarding the Civil Marriage Act (Bill C-38). Benson argues that the central problem with the marriage debate is that the fundamental starting points of both sides are irreconcilable.
http://culturalrenewal.ca/downloads/sb_culturalrenewal/Brief...

Errors and Omissions in Bill C-38 as Passed by the House: The Need for Senate Recommendations for Amendments

In this brief Iain T. Benson argues that, in the case of divisive issues like marriage, special attention must be paid to process and analysis.
http://culturalrenewal.ca/downloads/sb_culturalrenewal/BillC...

Euthanasia: Definitions, Concerns and Proposals

In this paper Dr. Arnold Voth explores euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide from a medical point of view.
http://www.culturalrenewal.ca/downloads/sb_culturalrenewal/C...

Giving Animals Rights: Bill C-15B Portends Litigation Nightmare

Giving Animals Rights, a Frontier Centre Backgrounder by Robert D. Sopuck, argues that new animal cruelty legislation poses a risk to legitimate animal uses. Sopuck asserts that Bill C-15, an Act to amend the Criminal Code of Canada to include such provisions as harsher penalties for animal cruelty offences, has the potential to negatively affect established animal uses in agriculture, research and recreation. Sopuck cites, for example, the proposed Act’s definition of animals, which he claims is too broad because it no longer considers animals as property under the Criminal Code. Sopuck concludes that existing animal protection legislation is adequate and that the proposed Bill should be deferred.
http://www.fcpp.org/pdf/giving_animals.pdf

How the Marriage Challenge Developed

In his paper Iain T. Benson explores changes in law and in society that have paved the way for the current debate about marriage.
http://culturalrenewal.ca/downloads/sb_culturalrenewal/m_bac...

Marijuana Growth in British Columbia

Stephen Easton argues that the cultivation and production of marijuana in British Columbia highlights the problems inherent in enforcing laws that are generally ignored by broad sectors of the populace.
http://www.fraserinstitute.ca/admin/books/files/Marijuana.pd...

Notes Towards a (Re)definition of the “Secular”

Iain T. Benson suggests that the term “secular” has received little analysis in any judgement by the Canadian courts. The author examines the meaning of “secular” in relation to the nature of human acts as based on faith, and also explores some contextual concerns.
http://culturalrenewal.ca/downloads/sb_culturalrenewal/benso...

Protecting Parental Liberty in a Child-Centred Legal System

According to Silver, in Canada the institutions of the family, private property and religion are under strain. She contends it is time to renew discussion about the “proper role of the family in a free and democratic society.”
http://www.culturalrenewal.ca/downloads/sb_culturalrenewal/d...

The Enforcement of Corporate Criminal and Securities Laws

In late 2002 the Public Policy Forum convened a roundtable discussion on the subject of white-collar crime in Canada, inviting regulators, public service officials, private industry executives, and academics to participate. This publication, authored by David Brook, is a summary of the evening’s discussion. Brook explains that roundtable participants were asked to focus on four issues: 1) the adequacy of Canadian criminal and securities laws; 2) investigation; 3) prosecution; and, 4) sentencing. The report summarizes discussion on these issues and provides recommendations for actions roundtable participants felt could be taken to strengthen Canada’s legal system.
http://www.ppforum.ca/common/assets/publications/en/ow_p_11_...

The Future of Marriage in Canada: Is It Time to Consider “Civil Unions”?

Iain T. Benson suggests that while the status of same-sex marriage is almost resolved in Canada, what has not been discussed is whether the government can use “marriage” as a category to determine benefits.
http://culturalrenewal.ca/downloads/sb_culturalrenewal/m_opt...

The Role of the Family in Democracy: Obstacle or Necessity?

Recently, the terms “family” and “family values” have become the focus of great concern on the political stage. However, David Brown says the debate about family is always important.
http://www.culturalrenewal.ca/downloads/sb_culturalrenewal/d...

Youth Justice Policy and the Youth Criminal Justice Act

Ross Green compares the Youth Criminal Justice Act of 2002 to the Young Offenders Act from 1984. He outlines the key policy directions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act and discusses where the changes in policy will have the greatest impact.
http://www.uregina.ca/sipp/documents/pdf/PPP20_Green.pdf