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 …

The Success and Failures of Development: Comparing the Millennium and Sustainable Development Goals

On September 25, the United Nations ushered in the Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”), a fifteen-year plan to end poverty, inequality, and environmental degradation. Titled “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” the SDGs came into effect on January 2016 and replaced the Millennium Development Goals (“MDGs”) that expired in 2015. Notably, the SDGS …

Crossing Borders and Disciplines

The Effect of Trump’s Travel Ban   One of the most controversial policies enacted by President Trump’s administration involves his travel ban, which was enacted shortly after his inauguration. The Executive Order barred refugees from entering the country for 120 days, and banned citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for ninety …

Perspectives in Health: Canada’s National Access to Necessary Medicines Strategy

Has there been any progress with Pharmacare?   In 1964, the Royal Commission on Health Services, or “Hall Commission,” named after Supreme Court Justice Emmett Hall, produced recommendations for a universal, public Pharmacare program for Canada, following Canada’s introduction of Medicare. Justice Hall argued that access to necessary medicines should be introduced as an additional …

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 …

Rogue Scientists Speak Out

The Science Community’s Movement Against Trump   During President Trump’s first week in office, his administration has already started affecting the United States’ stance on climate change, including an examination of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine which information will remain on their website. As part of the examination, EPA employees have also been …