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 …

Editors’ Note — Correction from 23 February, 2016

It has come to our attention that in Lisa Bush’s article, “Indigenous Stories, Settler Bodies: Why ‘Reconciliation’ is not a Commodity” a paragraph preceded the article that was a mistake.  The paragraph read: “This article is not for everyone.  If you are looking for an in-depth analysis of a Supreme Court case, or a cover …

OCI Special Edition

The 2015/2016 Obiter Dicta OCI Survey and Special Edition come courtesy the hard work of Obiter Staff Member and Osgoode student Michael Motala, and the Obiter Dicta staff. Click below to view the pdf version of the report:   OCI Special Edition    

An Unexpected Experience at Parkdale Community Legal Services

Being a summer caseworker at Parkdale Community Legal Services (“PCLS”) has historically brought with it experiences and opportunities that are interesting, exciting, and challenging. Students are expected to carry at least twenty active files and taught necessary lawyering skills, while also dedicating time to community legal work and campaigns for systemic change. This summer, my …

Finding My WayHome

My attempt to wade through, and make sense of, Toronto’s first camping festival’s lineup On 10 February 2015, the GTA’s worst kept secret was finally released into the public domain. The town of Barrie, or as hipsters call it, Oro-Medonte, will be hosting the area’s first camping music festival. Headliners Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, and …