Canadian Justice

Host Christine Van Geyn, welcomes advocates and lawyers on both sides of some of the most polarizing constitutional freedom cases involving Canadians today.

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Protests & Calls for Regime Change in Iran

Protests & Calls for Regime Change in Iran

Christine is joined by Kaveh Shahrooz, Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, and Shaparak Shajarizadeh, a human rights advocate, to discuss the death of Masha Amini in Iran, and the events that have followed in the country, in Canada, and around the world.

UBC’s Centre for Constitutional Law and Legal Studies

UBC’s Centre for Constitutional Law and Legal Studies

Christine speaks with Geoffrey Sigalet, Assistant Professor of Political Science at  the University of British Columbia (UBC), to discuss a newly-launched initiative – UBC’s Centre for Constitutional Law and Legal Studies – as well as the project’s origins, directives, and future goals.

How One Law Professor Wrote Her Way to Justice

How One Law Professor Wrote Her Way to Justice

Christine is joined by Dr. Julie Macfarlane, law professor and co-founder of “Can’t Buy My Silence,” to discuss her new book, ‘Going Public: A Survivor’s Journey from Grief to Action,’ as well as her own experience with sexual abuse.

The Future of the Monarchy in Canada

The Future of the Monarchy in Canada

Christine welcomes Allan C. Hutchinson, law professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, David Schneiderman, law professor at the University of Toronto, and Ben Woodfinden, doctoral candidate at McGill University, to discuss what changes – legal and otherwise – Canadians can expect with the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the accession of King Charles III.

The RCMP’s Use of Spyware Technology

The RCMP’s Use of Spyware Technology

Christine is joined by Dr. Brenda McPhail, an expert with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, to discuss the RCMP’s use of spyware technology and Canada’s privacy laws that exist to protect citizens from government surveillance.

The Legal Challenge Over “Magic Mushrooms”

The Legal Challenge Over “Magic Mushrooms”

Christine speaks with Paul Lewin, a lawyer from Lewin & Sagara LLP, and Spencer Hawkswell, President & CEO of Therapsil, to discuss the legal challenge tied to the recently-discovered treatment possibilities of “magic mushrooms,” containing the chemical psilocybin.

The Decriminalization of Hard Drugs In BC

The Decriminalization of Hard Drugs In BC

Christine is joined by Ben Perrin, Professor at Allard School of Law, UBC, and author Michael Schellenberger, to look into the new proposed law to decriminialize hard drugs, including opioids, cocaine, and methamphetamines.

Inquiry Into Government’s Emergencies Act Declaration

Inquiry Into Government’s Emergencies Act Declaration

Christine welcomes Russell Phillips, Communications Director with The Canadian Constitution Foundation, to discuss ways that the public can play a role in the independent inquiry into the Government’s Emergency Act Declaration.

Sports Stars, Sexual Assault, and NDA’s

Sports Stars, Sexual Assault, and NDA’s

Christine and her legal panel discuss the latest sports scandals, including sexual assault allegations against former members of Team Canada’s Junior National team.

Condom Use, Consent, and the Supreme Court

Condom Use, Consent, and the Supreme Court

Christine welcomes two Canadian criminal lawyers – Sarah Leamon from Sarah Leamon Law Group, and Rachel Lichtman from Lichtman Law – to discuss a recent case ruled on by the Supreme Court of Canada. The case of R. v. Kirkpatrick sought to answer the question of whether or not the use of a condom during sexual intercourse is a viable condition for giving consent. (Disclaimer: This episode of ‘Canadian Justice’ contains mature themes that may be disturbing to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.)

Fighting Monopoly Power in Canada

Fighting Monopoly Power in Canada

Christine speaks with Robin Shaban, Keldon Bester, and Andrew Cameron – Co-Founders of the Canadian Anti-Monopoly Project (C.A.M.P.) – to discuss the ongoing problem of powerful monopolies and oligopolies across several industries in Canada, and ways in which these issues could be resolved country-wide

The Fight for Legal Aid in Alberta

The Fight for Legal Aid in Alberta

Christine is joined by Danielle Boisvert, President of the Criminal Trial Lawyers’ Association, and Ian Savage, President of the Criminal Defence Lawyers’ Association, to discuss the most recent updates from those legal aid lawyers in Alberta who have voted for job action, in response to the provincial government’s chronic underfunding of Legal Aid Alberta

 

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Christine Van Geyn

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Christine Van Geyn

Christine Van Geyn is an outspoken advocate for freedom in Canada. She is currently the Litigation Director for the Canadian Constitution Foundation, a legal charity that fights for the fundamental freedoms of Canadians in the courts of law and public opinion. She is also host of the national television show "Canadian Justice", that covers Canada's most important legal news stories. 

Christine earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, Trinity College. She earned her JD at Osgoode Hall Law school, studied at New York University School of Law and was called to the bar in Ontario in 2012. 

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