As an African and a Canadian, I inhabit an observatory. I am a resident in two worlds of blunt contrasts. On a good note, daily at every turn, those contrasts offer privileged lessons on the richness and complexity of the human experience, of our world. In this observatory, it is irresistible not to have a geopolitical perspective on the dynamic of Africa’s relationship with the global south. And since the formal declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic on March 11, 2020 by WHO’s Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the reality of that stark contrast has never been more evident.
Congratulations to Dalton McGuinty (LLB ’81) on his appointment to the Order of Ontario. The Order, the province’s highest honour, recognizes those who have left a lasting legacy both within Ontario and Canada, and around the world.
They did it! The uOttawa common law negotiation teams swept the top prizes at the Walsh Family Law Negotiation Competition on March 7th at the Law Society. They placed 1st and 2nd in the team category (returning the Walsh Cup to Ottawa where it belongs!) and one of our students won the Best Individual Student prize. This is now the sixth consecutive year that uOttawa has brought home some of the top prizes from the Walsh negotiation competition.
On March 6, 2020, The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada announced the appointment of Marc E. Smith (LLB ’94) as a Judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario. This appointment falls under the government’s judicial application process (established in 2016) which emphasizes transparency, merit and diversity in order to ensure that appointed jurists meet high standards of excellence and integrity. Justice Smith will replace Justice R.N. Beaudoin, who became a supernumerary judge in September 2019.
The Canadian Bar Association Awards honour legal professionals who have contributed not only to the association but also to the justice system and legal profession. The CBA considers the award recipients to be the brightest lights of the legal profession.
Many University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, alumni and friends were among this year’s Canadian Bar Association Awards recipients.