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SCC Decision: January 29, 2009

Ravndahl v. Saskatchewan, 2009 SCC 7
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(Limitation periods / Charter)
R lost her widow's pension benefit when she remarried in 1984.  Legislative amendments ultimately provided for such compensation to continue after remarriage, but these amendments only applied to persons remarried after 1985, the date that s. 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into effect.  In 1999, the government provided a lump sum benefit for those not covered by the amendments.  R refused the lump sum, and brought her action asking for her benefits to be reinstated with interest, and for a declaration that the legislative amendments were of no force or effect.  The trial court dismissed her claim as barred by the statute of limitations.  The Supreme Court held that R's personal claims were statute barred, but her claims for declarations of constitutional invalidity were not.
Majority/Dissent: 7/0

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