A Gap in Health and Sympathy

Addressing the Innovation Gap in Health   On September 14, a United Nations high-level panel on access to medicines published a report that discusses the gap between the research and development (R&D) of health innovations and health outcomes. Broadly, the report recommends the following: making intellectual property laws more sensitive to public priorities; creating new incentives for health R&D; and establishing good …

Historicizing Barack Obama

The Iran Nuclear Deal: Barack Obama and Dwight D. Eisenhower   In 2015, the P5+1 powers (the UN Security Council and Germany) negotiated a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to limit Iran’s nuclear weapons-making capabilities. American President Barack Obama considered the JCPOA one of the major triumphs of his administration. Opponents of the agreement argued that it established a dangerous diplomatic and historical precedent and/or that the JCPOA …

An Odyssey through the Middle East

“You’re up!” Shalaw shouted this while he firmly placed an Ak-47 over my chest. I was nervous. As things unfolded, it seemed as though my life was becoming a modern sequel to Voltaire’s Candide.   A few days earlier, I was in Istanbul. I was backpacking alone and had just finished two months of travelling in Europe and North Africa. The …

They Say Sex Sells

…But All At A Cost     It was hard for me to pick what to write about for my first article of my last year at Osgoode. I was mulling over all the topical controversial news topics we have in the media currently, from the dreaded US elections, ongoing issues in the Middle East, bans on …

The 2015-2016 Bursary Process Explained

$2.3 million in bursary money distributed in the Fall process We here at the Obiter like to think of ourselves as creative.  When we realized there was going to be a shortfall in submissions for the first issue, we jumped at the chance to reprint some of the favourites from the 2015-2016 year.  This is one of those …

A Community in Canada for Refugees

Learning from the Interim Federal Health Program Canada is currently seeing a revitalized interest in the plight of refugees, which started in early September when the tragic photos of the Kurdi family’s attempt to escape Syria were widely published in the news and shared on social media. Since then, a large number of different non-government organizations, activist groups, and …

Ethiopia’s Hunger Crisis Cannot Be Ignored

Drought and high temperatures are killing people, crops and livestock – we must speak up by Maha Mansoor and Hilal Elver   Troubles in the Middle East and Europe have distracted world leaders from tackling the growing hunger in Ethiopia caused by the country’s worst drought in at least thirty years. For example, at the most recent UN World Humanitarian Summit that took place in May the hunger crisis was barely touched …

Court Finds Survivors Guilty

Ghomeshi Acquittal A Watershed Moment for Sexual Predators and Their Apologists I remember my skepticism when colleagues and acquaintances waxed optimistic about how this trial would be a watershed moment for the criminal justice system’s treatment of sexual assault. I recall thinking that even if Ghomeshi was found guilty, nothing would fundamentally change. I knew …

Goodbye to Toronto’s Most Troubled Politician

In the End, He was Only Human On 22 March 2016, Rob Ford – former mayor of Toronto and city councillor for Etobicoke North – died of cancer.  My condolences to his family, particularly his children. Rob Ford was a surprisingly complicated man, considering he was actually something of a simpleton with no capacity for …