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 …

Let’s Talk About Lifting the Cloak of Secrecy

This past Wednesday marked the sixth annual Bell Let’s Talk Day, a public awareness campaign designed to break the silence around mental illness across Canada. This leads me to speak of several recent student submissions to the Obiter. We received powerful and deeply personal stories about mental illness whose authors requested that their names not …

A Brave New Obiter Dicta

Checking in at the mid-way point of my term as Editor-in-Chief to review the year so far, and look ahead to the upcoming semester. When I started at Osgoode in 2013, I was drawn to the Obiter Dicta because it offered an open and inviting opportunity both for writing, and as a student organization to …

Circumventing Geo-blocks

Using TPM Protections to Label Consumers as Thieves The first battle cry was heard this past summer when Bell Media president Mary Ann Turcke announced that “it has to become socially unacceptable to admit to another human being that you are VPNing into U.S. Netflix.” And with that bold proclamation, a gauntlet had been thrown …

The Roots of Legal-Hate

In law school, there is no shortage of attention dedicated to the problems with the legal system. There are students, lawyers, and faculty working on access to justice, legal innovation, legal system reform, and legal aid projects. Ample opportunities exist to hear speakers, engage in workshops, and participate in conferences all aimed at improving the …

Climate Change Litigation in Canada

Probable or not, possible or not, the mere possibility is something powerful In the worlds of environmentalism, environmental law, and particularly climate change advocacy, Roger Cox is currently quite the celebrity. This past June, he won a suit brought by environmental NGO Urgenda and 886 Dutch citizens against the Dutch government. To oversimplify, the plaintiffs …

Walking into Court

Is “Physical” Access to Justice Attainable? If you’ve ever been to 47 Sheppard Avenue East, you’ll know the point of this article well before I reach it. 47 Sheppard is a Toronto courthouse primarily used for small claims matters, a location I first entered as a wide-eyed caseworker starting the Parkdale intensive. The building is …

Life is short.

Have an affair. Compromise your privacy. Face professional misconduct charges. To the incoming class of 2018, let the Obiter Dicta be one of many to welcome you to Osgoode! Today you take the first step on a journey of a thousand miles. Your introduction to the practice of law begins with what is referred to …

We’re All Working on the Edge

My Thoughts on the Launch of the “Still Working on the Edge: Rebuilding Decent Work from the Ground Up” Report on Precarious Labour in Ontario On 31 March 2015, I had the opportunity to attend the launch of Ontario’s foremost report on precarious labour. “Still Working on the Edge: Rebuilding Decent Work from the Ground …