Disruption in Legal Services Delivery – Tips and Tricks for What’s Ahead

In March 2017, I had the pleasure of attending the Disruption in Legal Services Delivery: What Students and New Lawyers Need to Know program held by Osgoode Professional Development and Queen’s Faculty of Law. The evening provided JD students, articling students and new associates with fresh perspectives, insights and tips on current trends in the …

Great Start, but Still Just a Start

Downstream Emissions in Canada’s New Environmental Assessment “Climate Test”    In late January 2016, Canada’s federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Carr, announced interim changes to environmental assessment processes as part of “efforts to restore public trust.” One of the changes is to assess “[d]irect and upstream greenhouse gas …

There is no I in Law

A plea for collaboration Whether you’re just starting out at Osgoode, entering 2L, 3LOLing or an LLM student, one thing is almost certainly clear to you by now: law school is competitive. Most classes are graded on a bell curve, there’s some kind of articling crisis happening, and there are only so many spots in club executives, moot …

Started as a writer now I’m here

Some FAQs with your Editor-in-Chief Hello Osgoode!  My name is Erin and it is my honour to introduce myself as the Obiter Dicta’s Editor-in-Chief for the 2016-2017 year. From my humble beginnings as a Staff Writer in 1L to running the editing cycle as the Managing Editor last year, I have come to love the Obiter and I am so excited to now be at …

OWNing Our Careers

A Cold Night Filled with Warm Company and Conversation On Thursday, February 25th, I had the pleasure of attending the fourth annual OWN Your Career event, the Osgoode Women’s Network’s culminating event of the school year, held at Toronto’s Rosehill Venue, a warm, comfortable space a few minutes walk from St. Clair subway station.  The …

Misogyny, Music, Malaise

Free Kesha To be honest, this isn’t the editorial I planned to write this issue. Rather than a riveting ride through the necessity defence and illegal environmental activism (stay tuned!), I felt compelled to write about Kesha and what’s happening to her. In case you’re unaware—after being under contract with Dr. Luke as part of …

Ontario’s New Sexual Education

From Vulvas to Butt-Sex For the first time since the Spice Girls reigned supreme, Ontario’s students through grades one to eight will have a new Health and Physical Education curriculum. On 23 February the new curriculum was released. It details learning correct terms for body parts in grade one, different sexual orientations and gender identities …

As Bill C-36 Gets Senate Approval, Parliament Proceeds to Essentially Criminalize Sex Work

On November 4, the Senate approved Bill C-36 with no amendments on its third reading.  By the end of the year, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (PCEPA) will inevitably receive royal assent (if it hasn’t already by the time of this article’s publication), squeaking in before the deadline set by the Supreme …