Almost two weeks ago, following Pope Francis’ election, many of our friends and acquaintances sounded off, outraged, regarding his views on sexuality.
It is difficult to overstate the importance of freedom of expression. It is more than a legal right. It is more than a constitutional right. It is a manifestation of human freedom at its most basic level.
As a newspaper editor and loudmouth, the freedom of expression is one very dear to me. While the freedom is certainly necessary for the healthy development of a democratic state, it also addresses something more personal.
What is the relationship between law and politics? Are they synonyms? Is politics a manifestation of law? Or, is law a manifestation of politics? I argue that the answer to these questions centres on the idiosyncrasies of the reader.
It is easy to forget, seeing as our students today probably worry considerably about grades and academic fortitude, that for nearly a century, Canada’s first official law school at Osgoode Hall didn’t even grant degrees.
In these pages lies Student Caucus (SC)’s response to the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC)’s Pathways Report on the future of articling. It is a commendable and articulate effort, to be sure, especially in view of a rather tight deadline, which the response notes. But alas! I’ve been forgotten again.
With the American election resolved and the President re-elected, the question now becomes what to expect in a second Obama term, and what its implications are for Canada. To be sure, the President retained his position decisively in the Electoral College, but won much more narrowly in the popular vote.
An elementary school in Seattle recently reported that students were prohibited from dressing up for Halloween this year. The decision was implemented as a preventative measure out of fear that Halloween costumes could offend or upset students of different cultures, which came as somewhat of a surprise to me.
You know that scene in Love Actually when Hugh Grant, playing the British Prime Minister, wonders aloud at the portrait of Thatcher on the wall if she had the same problems as he? Well, we’ve been poring over the back issues of the Obiter from as far back as 1970 and wondering the same thing. …