Small Claims Court Judges to Receive Training On Illegal Interest Rates

Desperate borrowers were paying 59.99% interest to local lender, but actuaries found the “true” interest rate in high risk lending can often be much higher   After a Toronto Star investigation last October into a series of judgements against people in debt to private lenders, it was announced today that judges of the Small Claims Courts of Ontario will receive …

Perspectives in Health: The Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act

What is happening with Vanessa’s Law? On 6 December 2013, Conservative Member of Parliament for Oakville, Terence Young, introduced the Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act (Vanessa’s Law) in order to provide Canadians with a more stringent drug-monitoring system. Without dissent from any of Canada’s federal political parties, Vanessa’s Law received Royal Assent and became …

Public Terrorism

Reporting Terror in the Social Media Age   The international community experienced a series of tragic attacks over the holiday break, striking fear and paranoia during a time of celebration. On December 19, Anis Amri crashed a truck into a Berlin Christmas market, killing twelve and injuring fifty-six people. Also on December 19, Mevlut Mert …

The Torturous Conditions in Canadian Prisons

The Overuse of Segregation and the Interplay Between Mental Health and Segregation   1,560. That is how many days 23-year-old Ontario inmate, Adam Capay, spent in continuous segregation, without trial, in a small, Plexiglas-lined cell.[i] The UN Commission on Human Rights defines prolonged segregation as anything greater than fifteen days. If the segregation exceeds fifteen …

Sanitizing Sterilization

Examining India’s Changing Reproductive Health Policies   In 1952, India launched the world first national program emphasizing family planning to the extent necessary for reducing birth rates “to stabilize the population at a level consistent with the requirement of national economy”. Since then, the family planning program has evolved and the program is currently being repositioned to …

Don’t Cut Ties with People Over Politics

You’re bound to disagree with someone on something     I wish to address a growing trend in social and political discourse that’s troubling, if not disturbing. I should begin by noting that the internet’s good for a great number of things: news, research, sports scores, cute animal photos, discrete hook-ups, and humourous videos of …

Historicizing Barack Obama

The Iran Nuclear Deal: Barack Obama and Dwight D. Eisenhower   In 2015, the P5+1 powers (the UN Security Council and Germany) negotiated a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to limit Iran’s nuclear weapons-making capabilities. American President Barack Obama considered the JCPOA one of the major triumphs of his administration. Opponents of the agreement argued that it established a dangerous diplomatic and historical precedent and/or that the JCPOA …

Responding to President Duterte’s Violent War on Drugs

A call for sympathy   The Philippines is under international scrutiny due to President Duterte’s violent and illegal anti-drug policies. Since becoming President on 30 May 2016, Duterte has encouraged the extrajudicial killing of drug offenders from both police departments and vigilante groups, stating in his inaugural speech at Davao City to “[d]o it yourselves if you have guns, you have my support.” The numbers alone are shocking: 1,466 killed …

OCI Special Edition

The Obiter’s review of Osgoode’s penultimate hiring experience. Today’s publication marks the penultimate edition of the 2015/2016 Obiter Dicta. As we approach the end of  another year, this issue also fittingly serves as our first foray into one of Osgoode’s most exciting, and notorious, opportunities: On-Campus Interviews. OCI’s mark for many of us the last …

The Court’s Recognitions of an Exceptional Individual

At Old City Hall, just a few days ago, RJ’s name filled up the afternoon docket. Over a period of 10 years RJ had accumulated thousands of dollars in fines for provincial offences. With the assistance of his representative from the Fair Change Legal Clinic, RJ was appealing to the court for a more compassionate sentence than had already been imposed. Although the fines came from …

REWRITING NAFTA

Negotiations Underway to Overhaul Free Trade in North America The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a longstanding trade agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the United States, is being renegotiated. Enacted in 1994, NAFTA was introduced to facilitate greater economic activity between the signatories through the elimination of tariffs on agricultural and manufacturing goods, removal …

Hugh Hefner and Not Growing Up

Hugh Hefner died on 27 September 2017, at the age of 91. It seemingly took all of five minutes for people to start arguing over whether he was a progressive icon or a glorified sleaze merchant. As a prospective lawyer, I naturally spent far too much time trying to explain to several people that the …

What’s Next for Syria

I and the public know, What every school child has to learn, He who has evil done to him, Will do evil in return.   H. Auden, 1939   In exchange for six years, five-hundred thousand lives, and the destruction of all things agreeable, Syria has secured its own immolation. The first protests in March …

The Dos and Don’ts of Law School

The Law Student Filter There is a constant refrain among law students: “But I’m in law school!” You become the priority, the exception to every rule, the excuse to not go out when you’d rather stay in, to your mediocre GPA, to binge-watching Narcos because you’re “so stressed” and just “need a break.” Because law school. It’s a different world down this rabbit hole.  There are …

Game of Thrones Lives On

The craziest fan theory you’ve heard yet: Westeros is not that different from our world. If you are a big Game of Thrones fan like I am, then you probably agree that no matter how much you love the show, you are not planning a trip to Westeros anytime soon. Firstly, because it is obviously …