Author Archives: Brian Seaman

About Brian Seaman

Brian Seaman is a human rights/civil liberties consultant whose 13 years of work history in Calgary include a one-year term contract with the City of Calgary Law Department and almost nine years with the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre. Originally from Nova Scotia, Brian was a property tax assessment adjudicator and practiced law for several years in Halifax (chief practice areas being administrative law, family law, and legal research) before moving to Calgary in 2000 to pursue opportunities outside of traditional legal practice.

There’s no right to absolute privacy when you want to build something in a city

PDF version: There’s no right to absolute privacy when you want to build something in a city  Case commented on: Edmonton (City) v. Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner), 2011 ABQB 226 There is no absolute right to privacy in the … Continue reading

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French Language Rights in Alberta Get a Boost

PDF version: French Language Rights in Alberta Get a Boost  Case considered: R v Pooran; R v Vaillant, 2011 ABPC 77 Significant consequences can arise from what might otherwise have appeared to be just another mundane case; in this instance, … Continue reading

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Is R v Gomboc really only about a homeowner’s expectation of privacy or is there more to it?

PDF version: Is R v Gomboc really only about a homeowner’s expectation of privacy or is there more to it?  Case commented on: R. v. Gomboc, 2010 SCC 55 The late November 2010 decision of Canada’s Supreme Court in R. … Continue reading

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Has a recent Queen’s Bench decision put the damper on future complaints of privacy breaches in Alberta, especially in the health care setting?

Case considered: Lycka v. Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) and Jane Doe, 2009 ABQB 245 PDF version: Has a recent Queen’s Bench decision put the damper on future complaints of privacy breaches in Alberta, especially in the health care setting? … Continue reading

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Assisted human reproduction in Canada: it’s a gnarly world out there

Considered: Assisted Human Reproduction Act, S.C. 2004, c.2. PDF Version: Assisted human reproduction in Canada: it’s a gnarly world out there When 60-year-old Ranjit Hayer of Calgary gave birth via caesarean section to twin boys at Calgary’s Foothills Hospital in … Continue reading

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