Summer News Round Up
We here at Juris Diction know the summer can be a busy time for students. Whether you’re enjoying your last summer before law school, traveling, or working full time, here is a short compilation of a few important things that went on this summer.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has suggested that he will be moving away from the traditional regional way of choosing judges for the Supreme Court of Canada. Justice Thomas Cromwell will be retiring this month and while the spot would traditionally be filled by another judge from Atlantic Canada, Trudeau has created a selection committee whose application process will be open to judges from all regions. Only time will tell if this will affect the selection of the new Supreme Court justice.
The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld the decision by the Law Society of Upper Canada to ban potential Trinity Western University law school graduates from becoming licensed in Ontario. The controversy has been going on since 2014 and will almost inevitably be taken to the Supreme Court of Canada.
The Federal Court of Appeal overturned the approval of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline at the end of June. The Court found that the Canadian government failed to properly consult the involved First Nations groups.
The British Columbia government granted an injunction to shut down a campsite known as Tent City in downtown Victoria. The camp was started in the spring of 2015 mostly due to the notorious homeless problem in the city, and the BC Supreme Court ordered it be dismantled by August 8th of this year.
On June 23, the people of the United Kingdom voted on whether to leave the European Union (a.k.a Brexit). To the shock and dismay of much of the world, the UK voted to leave the EU by a slim margin of 51.9% to 48.1%. The vote was non-binding and whether the UK will in reality leave the EU remains to be seen. If they do, it is possible we will be seeing secession referendums in Northern Ireland and Scotland – both of which voted quite firmly to remain.
In the United States, both the Republicans and the Democrats had their National Conventions where the candidates for each party were formally named. Both Conventions were plagued with controversy, including speech plagiarism during the Republican National Convention, and a scandal involving leaked emails at the Democratic National Convention. The nominees, unsurprisingly, were Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The election itself will take place on Tuesday November 8th.
The summer Olympics took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5-21. The USA took first place with 121 medals with Great Britain and China in second and third respectively. Canada held its own quite well bringing home a total of 22 medals.
Summer might seem like a quiet time for Queen’s Law, but this summer, like every summer, there are a number of things that occur.
A number of first year students take the opportunity to spend May and June at Herstmonceaux Castle in England where they undertook rigorous condensed studies in either International Business Law or Public International Law. These programs give students the opportunity to travel and learn about a variety of subjects from leaders in their fields.
Queen’s Law welcomed new staff this summer. This includes: Professor Gail Henderson, Professor Lisa Kelly, Professor Samuel Dahan, and Professor Mohamed Khimji. I think I speak for all of QL when I say we’re excited to see what the new additions will bring to our community.
And, speaking of new members of the QL community, the orientation leaders welcomed the Class of 2019 with a host of fun activities. Welcome to Queen’s Law! You’re going to love it!
Kali Larsen (2L) is the News Editor for Juris Diction.