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“SlutWalks” and Serendipity 1

Posted on May 11, 2011 by Lorne Sossin

Remarkably, of all the many seminars, workshops, lectures and symposia at Osgoode this year, the event which appears to have galvanized the most attention was a session organized around security on campus in which a police officer told a woman not to dress like a slut. On January 24, 2011, during the event, Toronto police officer Michael Sanguinetti told an information session for Osgoode students that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” The outcry followed quickly, and by early February, the Police and officer involved had issued a formal apology. Now, women (and men) around the world are joining walks and marches where the term “slut” is reclaimed in a positive and empowering way. The message is clear – however she chooses to dress, a woman has a right to be safe, secure and free. Read the rest of this entry →

Is Parliament a Hard Place? Is the Supreme Court a Rock? And is Canadian Democracy Squeezed Between Them? 2

Posted on May 01, 2011 by Lorne Sossin

I read Phillip Slayton’s latest book, Mighty Judgment: How the Supreme Court Runs Your Life, on the plane last week. Like his last book, Lawyers Gone Bad: Money, Sex and Madness in Canada’s Legal Profession “Mighty Judgment” is a provocative, breezily written mixture of anecdotes, case comments, and personal reflections. And as its predecessor, it has generated some controversy already (Slayton’s reference to a “rumoured” visit to then Chief Justice Lamer by several judges in the late 1990s to urge him to resign as a result of failing health was confirmed and expanded upon in a follow up interview by the Lawyer’s Weekly with former Justice Jack Major). Read the rest of this entry →

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