Another Giant Leap for Mankind?

President Obama Calls for a Mission to Mars by the 2030s In a recent op-ed for CNN, U.S. President Barack Obama expressed a keen interest in sending humans to Mars by the 2030s. The President outlined his plan to deliver American astronauts to the red planet by promoting greater cooperation between government agencies and private companies – a partnership that will not only allow humans to reach Mars in the near future, but remain …

EVENT: Canadian Responses to the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Reflecting on the 1st Year

Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights/OBA Foundation   DATE:  Thursday, 24 November 2016 TIME: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM LOCATION: Ontario Bar Association 20 Toronto Street #300 Toronto, ON M5C 2B8   Register for FREE at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/canadian-responses-to-the-syrian-refugee-crisis-reflecting-on-the-1st-year-tickets-28748709163https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/canadian-responses-to-the-syrian-refugee-crisis-reflecting-on-the-1st-year-tickets-28748709163 About the Conference: Join Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights and the OBA Foundation for Canadian Responses to the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Reflections on …

Perspectives in Health – Big Pharma’s unbranded campaigns

Do we always know when we’re being marketed to? Every day on our way to school, work, or home, when we are watching TV, listening to the radio, or are surfing social media, we may be exposed to pharmaceutical industry marketing campaigns, whether we know it or not. Is there anything wrong with being exposed to industry marketing? Well, it …

Charity in Times of Crisis

Helping Haiti After Hurricane Matthew Hurricane Matthew, a powerful Category five Atlantic hurricane, devastated Central America and the southern United States between 28 September and 10 October, directly killing at least a thousand people and doing over five billion dollars’ worth of damage. One of the worst-hit countries was Haiti, an island nation in the …

Is Toronto Life Becoming Unattainable?

It’s not just home ownership Toronto has been named one of the hottest, most progressive, and most lucrative places to live in the world, offering great entertainment experiences, a fabulous mix of historic and modern architecture, employment opportunities, fancy living, and investment properties. Even Toronto’s musicians are on fire, furnishing Torontonian playlists with catchy rhythms, …

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 …