Charter Eviction: Litigating Out of House and Home
Journal of Law and Social Policy 24. (2015): 46-67
23 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2015
Date Written: 2015
The case of Tanudjaja v Attorney General (Canada) takes up the cause of housing rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in a novel and complex way. The government actions and inactions cited as constitutional breaches and the broad remedial requests reflect the “pixelated” picture of housing concerns necessary to understanding Canada’s housing security crisis. In dismissing the challenge at a preliminary stage, the Ontario Superior and Appeal Courts risk rendering the Charter irrelevant to the deep social justice concerns that cross our country. More specifically, formulaic judicial invocation of concerns about positive rights and justiciability leave the most vulnerable among us constitutionally outside in the cold, particularly when the issues of justice at stake are complex.
Keywords: housing rights
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