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Charter of Rights and Freedoms anniversary

Last Updated Apr 17, 2017 at 4:15 pm MDT

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Today marks a big anniversary for human rights and the law in this country.

On this day, 35 years ago, the legal landscape changed forever with the signing of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Linda McKay-Panos of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre says it’s important to recognize such a big milestone.

“It gives us sort of a framework from which to operate our entire country and, you know, when laws are passed, the lawmakers in Parliament have to consider the Charter rights of everybody when they’re making laws. I think it’s kind of setting an example for the rest of the world,” said McKay-Panos.

She says it shows we can have a democracy that’s protected and yet, function together in peace.

McKay-Panos suggests celebrating the Charter anniversary by heading to Law Day at the Calgary Courthouse on Saturday, April 22nd from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

For more information you can go to the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre http://www.aclrc.com/ and the Alberta Law Day website http://lawdayalberta.weebly.com/calgary.html