Dalhousie Law Journal


Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Nova Scotia, amendment, renewed mandate, social rights, economic rights, Supreme Court of Canada, constitutional law


Over the decade since the birth of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, expectations that it would impact greatly on the lives of Canadians have gone largely unfulfilled for those regarded as being the most in need of its protection. A recent decision of the Nova Scotia County Court has reminded critics that the narrow interpretation given the Charter'se quality2 and security oftheperson3 provisions, particularly with regard to social and economic rights, excludes from its purview the well-being of Canadians in economic need.