Court challenges under the charter assignment

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Task: Research one of the cases below and then write a report which must include a title page and a sources cited list. The total assignment should be 300 – 500 words.
Famous Canadian Charter Cases:

M v H (Equality Rights) R v. Morgentaler (Abortion)

Ford v Quebec (French Language Laws) Big M Drug Mart (Sunday shopping)

M v H (Equality Rights) R v Oakes (Legal Rights)

R v. Zundel (Freedom of Expression) Rodriguez v. British Columbia (Assisted suicide)

  • For this assignment, you will research one of the famous Canadian Charter cases above. Information can be found through a variety of sources, including newspaper and journal articles online.

  • You can also view the actual Supreme Court decisions published at though they can be difficult to read.

  • We will have two periods in the Computer Lab with which to research.

Requirements for Report: Key components of your case should include:

  • Case citation (i.e. R. v. Nguyen, [2008] Ont. C.A. 149)

  • Summary of the key facts of the case

  • Which statute law is being challenged as “unconstitutional”

  • Identify which section(s) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms has been allegedly violated in the case

  • Identify what the Supreme Court decision was by:

  • Relating the vote count (5-4; unanimous, etc.)

  • Summarizing the reasons for their decision

  • Analysis of Case: This portion of your written work will be your commentary on the case. You might discuss such things as why the case was so important in Canadian Law, what groups of people were interested in the outcome, how it affected more than just the people directly involved with the case, what effect the case still has on us today or other interesting points that are directly related to your case, and finally whether you agree or disagree with the decision made, and why.

  • Include a Sources Cited (at least 3 sources not WIKIPEDIA) and a Title Page to highlight your case and what it is about.

Due: Monday March 21st, 2016

Charter Assignment Rubric Name:

[ ] Official Case Citation [ ] Summary of Key Facts of the Case (approx 100 – 200 words)

[ ] Outline of Charter right(s) allegedly violated [ ] Supreme Court Decision (including vote count)

[ ] Analysis of Case (approx.. 100 – 200 words) [ ] Works Cited (at least 3 websites, not including Wikipedia)

[ ] Title page

Mark Breakdown


- Name and date of case is included at the top of pg. 1

- Summary clearly demonstrates a strong command of the case, student was able to create a comprehensive and thorough case summary.
- Charter violation and Supreme Court decision

clearly identified

0 1 2

0 1 2 3

0 1 2 3 4 5


- Anaylsis of the case addresses the relationship of its importance to Canadian Law. In addition, the commentary identifies the effect on our society and if applicable, special interest groups.

- Sources or Works Cited included, with at least three sources

0 1 2 3 4 5

6 7 8 9 10

0 1 2 3 4 5


- Student clearly articulates ideas and information in a precise and coherent manner. Impact on Canadian society is clear. Proper spelling, grammar and language conventions are used

0 1 2 3 4 5


- Creative title page created

- All aspects of the assignment were

completed and class time was used


0 1 2
0 1 2 3

Learning Skills

Responsibility – Assignment submitted on-time





Self-regulation – Used class time effectively






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