December 1, 2014
Stacked against victims; Seeking justice following sexual assault an uphill battle
Publication: National Post
The author of this article argues that the first encounter with police is what makes the judicial process so difficult for complainants of sexual assault. “In some jurisdictions, it’s up to one-third of women who report rape who are told, ‘We’re not prosecuting, we’re going no further.’ Some women are even threatened with charges if they persist — for mischief or obstructing police,” said Elizabeth Sheehy, Common Law Section.
Why Ottawa moved quickly on Thalidomide survivors
Publication: Globe and Mail
In this Op-Ed, Penny Collenette, Common Law Section, discusses thalidomide survivor compensation. She believes that "governments can’t always right wrongs but lessons must be learned and retained, both for regulatory and compassionate reasons."
Legal experts debate aboriginal right to refuse chemo for child
A conference titled Aboriginal Rights & Refusing Life-Saving Treatment for Children took place on campus which discussed First Nations people’s constitutional right to pursue traditional medicine. “I've never seen a judge recognize a broad right for a First Nation like the Mohawk Nation to have their medical practices — their traditional ways of life regarding health and healing — protected by the Constitution under Section 35,” said Larry Chartrand, Common Law Section.
Apotex suing health minister over refusal to license Parkinson's drug
Publication: Toronto Star
Health Canada has refused to license a Parkinson’s medication from Apotex. In response, the company has sued the Health Minister, asking a federal court to order the government to approve their drug. Amir Attaran, Common Law Section, said the company’s request is “a shocking corporate attack on the regulatory process.”
Should We Be Shocked When Sick Kids Opt Out of Chemotherapy?
Publication: The Tyee
Darren O'Toole, Common Law Section, argued at the Aboriginal Rights & Refusing Life-Saving Treatment for Children conference held on campus that a lack of understanding of Ojibwe culture has perpetuated anger at the court's decision to let a young girl stop her chemotherapy treatment. "The way they look at death is very different than Western culture, so right away there's room for a total misunderstanding on that basis," he said.
Ottawa residents say scofflaw cyclist more dangerous than driver speeding in school zone
Publication: Metro Ottawa
A new City Matters survey conducted by MQO Research showed that just over 56 per cent of those polled felt that a cyclist who does not obey signs or traffic lights is a bigger safety hazard than a speeding car in a school zone. Craig Forcese, Common Law Section, comments.