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 …

Stress Less

Editorial Note: Karolina and Kendall were on such a roll after their Mock Trial review, he decided to join her as a co-writer for this issue’s editorial. So read on, Ozzies, for double the fun and none of the stress. Returning to school after a sumptuous break (or even worse, a dreadfully stressful one, replete …

Great Expectations

Managing the aspirational gap between what is and what you expect Many of us go through our lives setting what we like to label “goals” and “objectives” for ourselves. And for the most part this seems to be a healthy and productive thing to do. Though sometimes these aspirations morph into expectations, very high ones …

Some Thoughts on Some Thoughts on Charlie Hebdo

The recent terror attacks in France have, apparently, opened the floodgates for opinions from both sides of the political spectrum on the values and risks of freedom of speech. Across countries and continents, Twitter trolls and Facebook stalkers alike have begun to self-identify as either a French cartoonist, or not-a-French-cartoonist. I find the whole exercise …

Choking, slapping, and sexual assault.

It’s not about Jian Ghomeshi; it’s more about us. Chris Brown, War Machine, Ray Rice, and now, the most recent addition to such a disgraceful list, Jian Ghomeshi. It seems somewhat horrifying to acknowledge the increasing number of celebrity scandals involving physical abuse that have taken the spotlight within the past several months. What is …

Happy Halloween, Osgoode!

Because candy My relationship with Halloween is complicated. I like to compare it to eating half a pound of gummy bears in one sitting, or attempting the cinnamon challenge. They may seem like great ideas, but once I start to follow through on them, I abruptly regret my actions. Halloween should come together so much …