Ontario Court Puts Red Light on Uber Class Action

Heller v Uber raises important questions about Labour and Employment Law, International Law, and arbitration     Have you ever thought about who Uber drivers are employed by? Are you employing them? Are you in a contractual relationship with them? Do they work for Uber? Some of these issues were addressed in Heller v. Uber. …

Canadian Law and Assisted Human Reproduction: A History and Current Challenges

Osgoode Health Law Association: Perspectives in Health   Over the past few decades, assisted human reproduction has undergone significant developments in Canada.  Increases in technology have led to incredible developments, such as embryonic cloning and in vitro fertilization (IVF), resulting in a growth of study in assisted reproduction policy.  In 2004, the federal government passed …

De-extinction: Are we ready to bring back our lost species?

I was driving home from school, late at night. Paul Kennedy, the host of Ideas on CBC Radio, was intently discussing something. I wasn’t really paying attention, but suddenly I heard Paul Kennedy talk about bringing mammoths back to life. This got my attention. The thought of recreating extinct animals made me excited and nervous …

PROTESTING THE PIPELINE

Thousands Rally Against Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Recently, thousands of protestors gathered in Burnaby, British Columbia to oppose the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. Overseen by the Canadian division of Texas-based oil giant Kinder Morgan, the $7.4-billion project will expand the current 1,150-kilometre pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby. The new extension is set …

Racism Lives at Osgoode Too

 Embracing the #RacismLivesHereToo campaign at Osgoode Hall Law School My excitement in coming to Osgoode was unparalleled: the first day of the legal career for the first lawyer-to be in the family. I couldn’t wait for all the intellectual discussions with like-minded people who were here to make the world a better place. To my shock, …

The Dead Tree

How the United States Constitution makes gun control nearly impossible In the aftermath of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, gun control is once again a hot topic in the U.S. In the days that followed the shooting, many of the school’s students spoke out about the U.S. government’s lax stance on …

Lost in Taxation

Revenue Agency Ordered to Pay $1.7M in Damages In 2008, Tony and Helen Samaroo, a couple from Nanaimo, British Columbia who owned a popular restaurant called the MGM, were charged with twenty-one counts of tax evasion. The Samaroos were accused of misrepresenting earnings and pocketing upwards of $50,000 a month off the books. The couple …

Jordan’s Principle: Canada and its False Promises

Osgoode Health Law Association: Perspectives in Health       With tragic cases such as those of Tina Fontaine and Colten Boushie recently coming to a close, Canadians are becoming aware of the effects that governments and their institutions have on Indigenous people, and in these cases specifically, Indigenous youth. These two cases illustrate the …

Ireland Prepares to Join the 20th Century

After decades of intransigence, Ireland will hold a vote to repeal a constitutional ban on abortion   2018 could be the year abortion is finally legalized in Ireland if a referendum to repeal the constitution’s Eighth Amendment passes this spring. The country’s restrictive abortion law is over 150 years old. Passed in 1861, the Offenses …