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Monthly Archives: February 2016

Professor Sankoff Represents Animal Justice at Canada’s Highest Court

On November, 9th, 2015, Professor Peter Sankoff appeared before the SCC on behalf of Animal Justice as an intervener in the case of R v DLW. Animal Justice is an organization dedicated to advancing public knowledge of animal practices and preventing the abuse and killing of animals through the enforcement of existing laws. In late […]

Paris, Facebook, and Refugees

The Editors of Canons are making an effort at valid journalism here – attempting incisive analysis. Hopefully the following does no injustice to the victims and those that may have been affected by the moments of terror in Paris earlier this month… It remains to be seen whether the Paris attacks will affect global politics in the […]

Tis the Season for Your Whole Team to Fall Apart

Christina Roth (2L)   This NFL season has been one of the most chaotic for Fantasy Football players. Between big names underperforming and season ending injuries, it doesn’t matter who you drafted in hopes of becoming a champion. Drafting a successful NFL team is a delicate balance between players known for scoring big but getting […]

Letter to Santa

Dear Santa,   As you may know, I have nearly completed one semester of law school now. While my hair hasn’t started falling out quite yet, I haven’t had a full night’s sleep in four months. I lie in bed at night and worry about all sorts of issues. So I figured, Santa, you may […]

Law Faculty plans to hire three new professors

David Foster The University of Alberta Law Faculty is currently hiring and hopes to have at least three full-time professors in place by the next academic year. Last year, around 30 full-time professors were teaching at the law school. This year, that number is down slightly – although the faculty website lists 35 law professors, […]

Exam Stress Busters: Holiday Edition

Hailee Barber (2L) Back on December 20, 1991, I was born into a world of pre-Christmas glory and arrived home on Christmas Day: a true gift unto my parents. Legend has it that once I arrived home, I promptly proceeded to urinate all over my dad’s favourite La-Z-Boy recliner.  The last part isn’t really relevant…but […]

Epictetus, Free Speech, and Micro-Aggressions

Ryan Ackerman (2L) “Remember, it is not enough to be hit or insulted to be harmed, you must believe that you are being harmed. If someone succeeds in provoking you, realize that your mind is complicit in the provocation.” Epictetus imparted those words 2000 years ago, yet contemporary civilization seems paralyzed by words. We self-censor […]

An Upper Year’s Guide to Surviving Midterms

1L midterms. We’ve all been there, and it sucks. Keep your chin up, because this is the last time you will ever have to do 6 exams at once (that is if you are choosing to write all of the midterms – spoiler alert: I’m going to suggest that you do). Although I wouldn’t exactly […]

Sibling Rivalry – When (Not) to Mandate

Spencer Morrison (1L)  Rongulus: I think the University of Alberta should follow the University of Manitoba by mandating that all undergraduates take one indigenous studies course. Indigenous peoples have been historically marginalized, and we need to foster intellectual understanding and inclusivity. A mandatory course is an ideal means to do this because it reaches all […]

The Future of Aboriginal Education at U of A Law

David Foster, 2L In June 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its report on how the legacy of residential schools and the historic reatment of Aboriginal people in Canada can be addressed by government and society. Two of the TRC’s recommendations, number 27 and 28, specifically address legal education in Canada. Recommendation 27 calls on law societies […]