University of Alberta Press

Law and Society


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    This volume marks the 2007 centenary of the Supreme Court of Alberta. These essays examine the extent to which the Court articulated an Albertan response to the varied legal questions of the past century. Canvassing the Court's jurisprudential history, the volume includes thematic essays examining First Nations' hunting rights, oil and gas law, water law, gender, the Hutterites and religious freedom, and family law. Additional essays detail the court's history through its ear... [READ MORE]
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    From 1960 to 1982 Barry L. Strayer was instrumental in the design of The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the patriation of Canada's Constitution. Here Dr. Strayer shares his experiences as a key legal advisor with a clear, personal voice that yields an insightful contribution to Canadian history and political memoir. He discusses the personal philosophies of Pierre Trudeau and F.R. Scott in addition to his meticulous accounts of the events and people involved in C... [READ MORE]
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    Wilbur Bowker's writings embrace a wide variety of subjects, ranging from wills, estates, succession, intestacy and dower, to human rights, antidiscrimination, law reform, medical experimentation, and professional ethics. They mirror the various stages of Bowker's career as practising lawyer, graduate student, law professor, and Director of legal research. They cover historical material, contemporary developments in the law, and possible future trends.
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    Forging Alberta's Constitutional Framework explores the nature and development of Alberta's constitution by examining a number of celebrated cases and themes that have shaped and altered legal, social, economic, political, and cultural rights and responsibilities within Alberta and Canada. Contributors from across Canada include historians, lawyers, political scientists, and politicians writing on themes that illustrate how Alberta's constitution is the product of decades, ev... [READ MORE]
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    In Frontier Justice, Ged Baldwin brings the old Peace River he knew to life again. Baldwin, the feisty MP from Alberta, went to Peace River in 1929 as a young lawyer and was soon involved in a number of court cases, especially murder trials. He tells ten real-life tales in his own inimitable style, including the unique and colorful characters who found themselves in these northern lands during their frontier days.
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    Sweeping changes are being proposed as Canadians examine our health care system. But what are the legal implications of health care reform? In this timely collection, lawyers and legal scholars discuss a variety of topics in health care reform, including regulation of private care, interpretation of the Canada Health Act, and the constitutional implications of proposed reforms. Barbara von Tigerstrom is currently studying at the University of Cambridge in England. Timothy Cau... [READ MORE]
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    The Law of Nations and the New World explores the ideology of European colonial expansion, describing and evaluating the legal, theological and philosophical justifications of both colonizers and those who opposed them from two very different points of view. The authors provide fascinating insights into the thinking that helped to create the "aboriginal problems" faced by so many in the world today.
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    Using the voices of ordinary people, clinical ethicist and nurse Dianne Godkin explores the end-of-life issues and emotions that arise when an individual sets out to prepare an advance directive (living will). Conversations with study participants, and the composite character of Alice, are forthright, practical, and uplifting. Written for individuals and their families who are thinking about creating an advance directive, and for healthcare providers who interact with these i... [READ MORE]
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    These twelve essays constitute a groundbreaking volume of new work prepared by leading scholars in the fields of history, anthropology, constitutional law, political science, and sociology, who identify the many facets of what it means to be Métis in Canada today. After the Powley decision in 2003, Métis people were no longer conceptually limited to the historical boundaries of the fur trade in Canada. Key ideas explored in this collection include identity, rights, ... [READ MORE]
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    This is an essential resource for all outdoor programming agencies and leaders. Glenda Hanna examines relevant negligence law as it is applied in Canada courts of law and identifies the legally defined responsibilities of program administrators, leaders, and participants.
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    This first edition is now out-of-print.
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    Government and First Nations leaders have tended to operate within two different systems of knowledge and perception regarding treaty rights issues in Canada. While First Nations emphasize the original spirit or intent of an agreement, government stresses the letter of the agreement. The Spirit of the Alberta Indian Treaties has long been acknowledged as an authoritative source for both oral and documentary perspectives on Alberta treaties. It has been twice cited in landmark... [READ MORE]