Newly Proposed Regulations for Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada: A Solution or Part of the Problem?

  In Carter v Canada, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the criminal status of medically assisted dying was unconstitutional.[1] In June 2016, the government of Canada responded by creating provisions in the Criminal Code (Code) that decriminalized medical assistance in dying (MAiD).[2] Sections 241(2)-(7) of the Code set out the applicable exemptions allowing …

Considering the “Best Interests” of Indigenous Children in Family Law Cases

Indigenous children are starkly overrepresented in Ontario’s child welfare system: there are 7 times as many children in care as their proportion of the population.[1] The same problem existed in the 1980’s when the Supreme Court of Canada articulated the “best interests of the child” test in a de facto adoption case involving an Indigenous …

Take a Break, Have a Kit Kat:

How Chocolate but Never Climate Change is Always on the Mind There are few pleasures in this world greater than sinking your teeth into something chocolate-flavoured. Be it a bar, a cake, a truffle, macaroon, literally anything chocolate-flavoured is something delectable. However, I know there will be some people who deplore anything chocolate (not including …

Do My Parents Owe Osgoode Money? Makdissi v. Masson, 2017

Kids are expensive. At least, that’s what my parents have told me. Even if you don’t raise a child with expensive taste, the basics start to add up for families. Whether it’s food, shelter, extracurricular activities, or medical expenses, children are a significant financial commitment for their parents. It becomes even more complicated when separation …

PRESIDENTIAL CRISIS IN KENYA

Opposition Leader Raila Odinga Inaugurated as “People’s President” Raila Odinga, Opposition Leader of Kenya’s National Super Alliance, recently held an inauguration ceremony for himself at Uhuru Park in central Nairobi. Before tens of thousands of supporters, Odinga swore himself in as the “People’s President” -– an apparent swipe at President Uhuru Kenyatta who won a …

Perspectives in Health

Understanding the Ongoing Dispute Between the Ontario Medical Association and Ministry of Health   On September 5, 2017, the Ontario Medical Association (“OMA”) and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term-Care (“MOHLTC”) entered a mediation and binding arbitration process to negotiate a new Physician Services Agreement (“PSA”). The OMA is a professional association that represents …

FORMER OLYMPIAN GETS THIRTEEN YEARS

South African Court of Appeal Doubles Oscar Pistorius’ Prison Sentence Recently, the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa increased Oscar Pistorius’ prison sentence to thirteen years and five months for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Known to many as the “Blade Runner” for his carbon-fiber prosthetic legs, Pistorius captured the hearts and …

Predatory Marriages: Hunt v Worrod

As the Canadian population continues to age, our country is confronting a myriad of legal and health care issues, including the alarming phenomenon of predatory marriages. A predatory marriage often describes a situation where a younger person takes advantage of an elderly or vulnerable person for their finances. Advocates note that our elderly population has …