REWRITING NAFTA

Negotiations Underway to Overhaul Free Trade in North America The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a longstanding trade agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the United States, is being renegotiated. Enacted in 1994, NAFTA was introduced to facilitate greater economic activity between the signatories through the elimination of tariffs on agricultural and manufacturing goods, removal …

Hugh Hefner and Not Growing Up

Hugh Hefner died on 27 September 2017, at the age of 91. It seemingly took all of five minutes for people to start arguing over whether he was a progressive icon or a glorified sleaze merchant. As a prospective lawyer, I naturally spent far too much time trying to explain to several people that the …

What’s Next for Syria

I and the public know, What every school child has to learn, He who has evil done to him, Will do evil in return.   H. Auden, 1939   In exchange for six years, five-hundred thousand lives, and the destruction of all things agreeable, Syria has secured its own immolation. The first protests in March …

Small Claims Court Judges to Receive Training On Illegal Interest Rates

Desperate borrowers were paying 59.99% interest to local lender, but actuaries found the “true” interest rate in high risk lending can often be much higher   After a Toronto Star investigation last October into a series of judgements against people in debt to private lenders, it was announced today that judges of the Small Claims Courts of Ontario will receive …

Using Culture to Get Your Foot Through the (Firm) Doors

A Message from the Canadian-Italian Association of Osgoode (CIAO) by Rocco Scocco and Alessandro Perri   Networking. Some people may love it, others may not. But whether you’re an energetic social butterfly or an introverted genius, building relationships within the legal profession can be just as essential as spending hours pouring over those course summaries …

Long-held Sports Traditions or Discriminatory Cultural Misappropriation?

Indians. Redskins. Braves. Blackhawks. Long-held sports traditions or discriminatory cultural misappropriation? It’s a contentious debate that found itself front and centre in a downtown Toronto courtroom on Monday 17 October. Douglas Cardinal, a prominent Indigenous activist, had just launched actions with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Canadian Human Rights Commission, and was seeking injunctive relief before Justice Thomas McEwan of the Ontario …

Analysis of the 2016 ALCS

What the Heck, Let’s Give Sportswriting a Try   As a baseball fan and statistics geek, I figure there’s no harm in writing a quick analysis of the series between the Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland ‘Indians’. Granted, the series will probably be at its halfway point by the time this gets to print, but …

A Welcome Message from the Osgoode Hall Law Journal

On behalf of the Osgoode Hall Law Journal (OHLJ) Editorial Board, welcome to the 2016-2017 academic year! To those students returning: welcome back, you made it through another year. To the incoming 1Ls: congratulations on choosing Osgoode.   We would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate those selected as Associate Editors. The applicant pool was extremely competitive this year, and we look forward …