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Monthly Archives: March 2016

US Election Update: The Trump Train Leaves the Station, Clinton Feels the Bern

Karsten Erzinger (2L) The US election season is rumbling along and to the surprise (and likely the dismay) of many, Donald Trump continues to dominate on the GOP side of the race. Trump routed his opponents on Feb 20th in the South Carolina primary, taking all 50 delegates up for grabs and increasing his delegate lead over […]

Transgender Policy Ignites Debate on Alberta Catholic School

Alberta’s publicly funded and administered Catholic school system has become an ideological battleground thanks to the provincial government’s guidelines requiring schools to develop a policy accommodating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. Policies must be submitted by March 31 and if a school board refuses to comply they could face discipline from the province, including dissolution by Minister of […]

A Failure to Communicate: Social Media, Public Opinion, and Criminal Justice in R v Ghomeshi by

Hailee Barber 2L  As I sifted through the coverage of Jian Ghomeshi’s sexual assault trial this February, I came across a variety of opinions that reflected my own somewhat confused feelings about the case. Many criticized Ghomeshi’s defence counsel Marie Henein for what they saw as merciless cross­examinations that played into sexual assault stereotypes in order to undermine […]

Miss Chiff

Dear Miss Chiff, I hate everyone. Christmas break was too short. I got below average on all my 1st semester courses and I think I’m getting sick. Why did people say 2L was so much easier than 1L?! – Feral Upper Year Dear Feral Upper Year, First of all, shame on you for your failure to […]

Dean Holds Town Hall Meeting on New Bar Exam

On January 27, Dean of Law Dr Paul Paton held an open meeting with law students to address the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC)’s plan for a new national bar exam. Jim Eamon, outgoing president of the Law Society of Alberta, explained the rationale behind the proposal, while both Paton and Dharam Dhillon, president of the […]

A Superfight for the Ages

Connor McGregor’s UFC lightweight title fight marks the most interesting fight of the year by a long shot. For starters, McGregor currently stands as the UFC’s featherweight title holder, making his fight against the Lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos, a true superfight between two champions. This has happened only one other time, back in 2009 when the lightweight […]

El Chapo: Will he face justice in a US courtroom?

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, kingpin of the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel and two-time prison breakout artist, was caught by authorities for the third time on January 8th, 2016. This was merely eight months after his notorious escape through a tunnel drilled straight under his maximum security prison cell. The arrest came after a narrow escape from a […]

Trudeau on Terrorism

Spencer Morrison (1L) On January 15th, six Canadians were slaughtered by Islamic terrorists at the Splendid Hotel in Burkina Faso. They were there to build a school with their church group. In response to this brutal attack, now known to have been orchestrated by an Al-Qaeda affiliate, Prime Minister Trudeau issued a response where he stated that […]

Super Bowl 50 Happened

Kyle Procee Was the Super Bowl a Super Bore? Well now that I have started with the obligatory journalistic-as-hell leading question, let’s dive into this. The biggest football game of the year has come and gone and was… okay? Kind of underwhelming? Impressively defensive? Whatever your take on the game, let’s be honest, there was no way the […]

The Energy East Debate

By Spencer Morrison (1L) Realisticles: Canada is divided over the proposed Energy East pipeline, which would carry 1.1 million barrels of crude oil per day (BOD) from Alberta to Quebec and New Brunswick. Now, we have all heard the standard arguments for and against the project: it will open new markets, create jobs, and help us get […]