Perspectives in Health: The Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act

What is happening with Vanessa’s Law? On 6 December 2013, Conservative Member of Parliament for Oakville, Terence Young, introduced the Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act (Vanessa’s Law) in order to provide Canadians with a more stringent drug-monitoring system. Without dissent from any of Canada’s federal political parties, Vanessa’s Law received Royal Assent and became …

Combating Antimicrobial Resistance

The issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) superbugs, wherein pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi develop ways to resist different drug treatments, is rapidly becoming an issue on the international stage. In 2016, the United Nations General Assembly met to discuss the issue of AMR and the G20 meeting included AMR in its closing communique, …

Access to the Civil Justice System in Canada is a Concern According to Data from the 2016 World Justice Project Rule of Law Index

According to the most recent World Justice Project Rule of Law Index, Canada ranks twelfth overall out of 113 countries included in the survey. Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands rank first to fifth, respectively. Canada’s overall index score of 0.81 is tied with the UK and Australia. The US ranks eighteenth overall. Ranking …

Nations United at The United Nations

Salvaging the Two-State Solution “If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic, it cannot be both and won’t ever live in peace.” – John Kerry   In 1947 the United Nations passed Resolution 181, authorizing the division of Palestine into two states: thirty-five percent for the Arabs and fifty-five percent …

Public Terrorism

Reporting Terror in the Social Media Age   The international community experienced a series of tragic attacks over the holiday break, striking fear and paranoia during a time of celebration. On December 19, Anis Amri crashed a truck into a Berlin Christmas market, killing twelve and injuring fifty-six people. Also on December 19, Mevlut Mert …

Law & Innovation

The past few years have shown exponential growth in the influence of technology. Netflix disrupted the DVD market, Uber damaged the taxi industry, alternate finance gave goose-bumps to the Venture-Capitalists and Airbnb left its mark on the hospitality industry. Interesting developments also lie ahead of us: 3D printing is on the horizon to potentially disrupt …

The Torturous Conditions in Canadian Prisons

The Overuse of Segregation and the Interplay Between Mental Health and Segregation   1,560. That is how many days 23-year-old Ontario inmate, Adam Capay, spent in continuous segregation, without trial, in a small, Plexiglas-lined cell.[i] The UN Commission on Human Rights defines prolonged segregation as anything greater than fifteen days. If the segregation exceeds fifteen …

New Selection Process; New SCC Appointee

Osgoode Students Witness Historic Q&A   In August of 2016, the Trudeau Government announced a new process for appointing Justices to the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC), in expectation of Justice Thomas Cromwell’s retirement from the bench this past September.   Aimed at promoting transparency, inclusiveness, and accountability to all Canadians, the new selection process …

New Selection Process; New SCC Appointee

Reflections on a ‘Supreme’ Question & Answer Sabrina Molinari and I were proud to represent Osgoode Hall Law School at the Question & Answer session of Justice Malcolm Rowe. The first article of this series described the newly modified Supreme Court nomination process and some reflections on the Justice Rowe’s responses to questions. In this …