Osgoode Health Law Association: Perspectives in Health

Canada’s Fight Against Fentanyl: Will 2018 bring an end in sight? Canada is currently facing an epidemic of opioid dependency, involving both prescribed and illegal forms of the narcotic substance that, in recent years, has led to an increase in fatal overdoses. This epidemic may ultimately stem from prescribing methods practiced by North American doctors …

Predatory Marriages: Hunt v Worrod

As the Canadian population continues to age, our country is confronting a myriad of legal and health care issues, including the alarming phenomenon of predatory marriages. A predatory marriage often describes a situation where a younger person takes advantage of an elderly or vulnerable person for their finances. Advocates note that our elderly population has …

On Free Speech and the Future of Obiter

Because Cowardice has No Place in Law or Journalism   I’ll get down to the brass tacks here. This issue of Obiter contains two articles that might be controversial. One article is about Jordan Peterson’s opinion on personal organization in the context of cleaning one’s room, and while none of the article’s content is controversial …

Clean Your Damn Room!

Jordan B. Peterson’s Edict for Starting the Adventure of Sorting Yourself Out Jordan B. Peterson, Clinical Psychologist, and Professor at the University of Toronto with over 120 heavily cited publications in Academic Psychology Journals,[1] a YouTube audience with over half a million subscribers and nearly 30 million views,[2] and a 100% ‘would re-take’ score on …

10 Months [an Unpaid Worker]: An Opinion About Unpaid Articling Positions

[Editor’s note: The author of this article informed me that they have recently landed a paid articling position, and has asked me to mention that holding out for paid positions is worth the effort.  Congrats to him/her, whoever he/she is. Editor’s note: Online title has been edited, for a variety of reasons.] Articling: a necessary …

An Uncomfortable Narrative: Mental health, the legal profession and racialized communities

Authored by Joanne D’Souza, Adrian Canagasuriam, and SALSA (Osgoode South Asian Law Students Association) You’re a young, racialized person. You come from an ethnic community where mental health issues are severely stigmatized, ignored, and silenced. You join the legal profession—which comes with long hours and high demands—and that takes a similarly neglectful approach to mental …

Paralegals may be Able to Represent Clients in Family Law Matters in the Future

The commitment to include paralegals is a response to a report from former Ontario court Chief Justice Annemarie Bonkalo. Significantly, the report noted that 57% of Ontarians did not have legal representation in family law matters. This statistic should be shocking, but anyone who has paid limited attention to the world of family law should …