In 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down a decision that has left many believing (erroneously) that Canadians have a constitutional right to abortion. In early 2105, the Supreme Court did give Canadians a constitutional right to physician assisted suicide. In the 27 years between those two birth and death rulings, the Court has delivered judgements that affect virtually every aspect of our lives. Despite criticism and concern, initially about judicial activism, then about the "judicialization" of our society, there is recognition that the Court has ultimate power to shape Canada in its image. "It's the Supreme Court—it can do what it wants" is becoming a familiar refrain. In this issue of Convivium, we ask how consonant that circumstance is with the spirit of Magna Carta—the Great Charter—which 800 years ago this month gave birth to the rule of law and our system based on British Common Law. "From Magna Carta to the Canadian Charter: Whither the Rule of Law?" is a contextual must-read for all concerned about the legal path we're on.