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Saint, Stouts and Statutes: St. Patrick’s Day through a Legal Lens

3/14/2019
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We’re joined by Certificate in Law Academic Director Morgan Jarvis, using a minor holiday as a lens to see how the law applies to many aspects of our daily lives — as exemplified by our course Law 201/701, Introduction to Canadian Law. Located at Queen’s, we naturally orient toward the City of Kingston’s recent Nuisance Party Bylaw, but as we see, the law expands to a lot more than just bylaws and into a variety of areas — some not as obvious at an immediate glance. If you enjoy the podcast,...

Duration:00:19:31

Coats, Crooks and Compensation

2/11/2019
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Your coat’s been stolen at a club or restaurant. Does that establishment owe you anything? Do businesses have a duty of care over guests’ belongings? And does that equation change if they have a coat check (and does it change more if you pay for the coat check)? Certificate in Law Academic Director Morgan Jarvis and Corporate Law instructor Christian Hurley explore legal concepts like bailment, duty of care, contracts, and liability through the lens of what seems to be a universal fact of...

Duration:00:24:43

A Supreme Farewell to Victim Surcharges

1/14/2019
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The Supreme Court has struck down the Harper government’s Victim Surcharges as “cruel and unusual” — a surprising move to many Supreme Court watchers. Lisa Kerr helps break down the SCC decision, the rationale behind it, and the way she feels the court got it right — and wrong. If you enjoy the podcast, take a moment to subscribe! You can find out more about criminal law by taking Law 201/701, Introduction to Canadian Law, at takelaw.ca. Sign up for our mailing list on the Certificate in Law...

Duration:00:19:14

Art Across the Ocean: Who Decides What “Culture” Gets Exported?

12/4/2018
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With a painting from the late 1800s in the middle of a court dispute over whether or not it can leave the country, it seems like a good time to look at where our rules around culture and exports come from — and how they work in the international art world (and elsewhere). What is the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board? How are these quasi-governmental bodies created, and how do they derive the power to decide what Canadians can buy and sell, import and export? Gerard Kennedy, one...

Duration:00:19:22

The CRTC, Bell, and a Brief History of Piracy in Canada

11/14/2018
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Recent headlines about the CRTC, and a Bell-led consortium against piracy, are making waves on the Web right now. What’s the CRTC role in combating Internet piracy? What is Bell and other internet service providers’ place in the discussion? Margo Langford, who is part of our Law 206/706 course, Intellectual Property of Law, is here to help. We talk about the CRTC, the Bell consortium, and piracy law, but also some of the history of copyright on the Internet, why Napster might have survived...

Duration:00:19:51

A look inside solitary (and the promise of reform)

10/29/2018
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Solitary! The Liberals say they’re ending it. But I thought we didn’t have solitary in Canada, so what are they ending? Who does this affect? Does it even really matter? Let’s find out with professor Lisa Kerr, author of our Criminal Law module in Law 201/701, Introduction to Canadian Law. She’ll take us from the history and status of solitary in Canada, to the details of this legislation, and what we can find out about our current system and its failings by reading between the lines of...

Duration:00:27:54

Protecting Products of the Mind: Intellectual Property

10/1/2018
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What protects the things your brain comes up with? Morgan Jarvis breaks down the idea of intellectual property into its three core components: copyright, trademark, and patent. We catch up on B. Rich vs. Coca-Cola, explore the notion of the (unfair term?) patent troll, and break down how the law protects the things we think up.This is all in preparation for Morgan’s new course, Law 206/706, Intellectual Law — an essential program for anyone interested in creative work, business development,...

Duration:00:24:16

The Trans Mountain Pipeline Decision

9/12/2018
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Following last week’s release of the Trans Mountain Pipeline decision by the Federal Court of Appeal, we sit down with Hugo Choquette, developer and instructor of our Aboriginal Law course, and Cherie Metcalf, the creator of our Constitutional Law module for Law 201/701. We talk about the decision itself — it’s lengthy! — and unpack not only the duty to consult, but some other parts that haven’t made the headlines as strongly, as well as discussing where the federal government can go from...

Duration:00:23:11

Rebroadcast: B Rich, Coca-Cola and Trademark Infringement

8/10/2018
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Fundamentals of Canadian Law is taking a few weeks off, to return in September with new episodes.We’ll be coming back with special guest Morgan Jarvis — creator of our new Intellectual Property course — and a follow-up on our first episode, where we talked about Southern Ontario rapper B Rich taking on Coca Cola in a trademark dispute. We’re therefore re-sharing that episode (one of our favourites!) to have the situation fresh in people’s minds for the follow-up in a few weeks. We’ll see you...

Duration:00:15:22

The Contracts Nobody Reads

7/16/2018
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Nobody reads those “end user license agreements” that pop up on your phone or computer, right? We’ve all seen probably thousands of these things. We all just click “Agree”. Who has the time? So if nobody reads them, do they matter? And if you do read them, what should you know? Peter Kissick, the course designer for Law 204/704, Corporate Law, dropped by to answer those questions and more. He knows contracts, and we get into the details of all the documents nobody actually reads. Transcript:...

Duration:00:24:40

#metoo and Harassment in Ontario: OHSA and the Law — Fundamentals of Canadian Law 012

6/26/2018
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#metoo has been changing how we see and react to harassment for some time now — but what is the definition of harassment? Let’s take a look at the Ontario Health & Safety Act with Workplace Law instructor Colleen Dempsey, and explore what conduct is legally harassing, how it affects workers in the province, and what implications it might have moving forward. Fundamentals of Canadian Law is brought to you by the Queen’s Certificate in Law; to find out more about our workplace law course and...

Duration:00:19:51

Unpacking pipeline challenges: Fundamentals of Canadian Law Episode 11

6/3/2018
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There’s a lot to unpack when it comes to the Kinder Morgan — soon, Government of Canada — pipeline.British Columbia has challenged it, as have several Indigenous groups. But what laws govern their ability to challenge this national project? We explore first the distinction between federal and provincial powers with Associate Dean Cherie Metcalf, teacher of the Constitutional Law module in our Introduction to Canadian Law course… and then dive into Indigenous and Aboriginal law, chiefly the...

Duration:00:32:03

You Don’t Really Own “Your” Land – Fundamentals of Canadian Law 10

5/14/2018
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Property law is complex — fee simple, escheats, and William the Conqueror all come into play when we’re talking about ownership of property in Canada. Fortunately, the Dean of Queen’s Law, Bill Flanagan, took some time out of a busy schedule to drop by and shed some light on both the laws governing land, and the “finders keepers” principle of personal property. Join us for a fascinating conversation about history, the Crown, property ownership, playground rhymes, and more!

Duration:00:11:10

The Most Expensive Comma in the World — Fundamentals of Canadian Law

4/24/2018
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What’s in a comma? A lot of zeroes, sometimes — Law 204/704 developer Peter Kissick joins us to talk about a legendary case involving a comma, utility poles and $2.1 million dollars. That’s a gateway to a broader conversation about contracts: what they are, how they work, and what most of us are getting absolutely wrong.

Duration:00:15:50

Who cares about constitutional law? — Fundamentals of Canadian Law 008

4/2/2018
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For the average Canadian, the Constitution can seem pretty abstract. How does it affect me, a normal person, in a daily way? The answer is profoundly. For a clearer understanding of why public and constitutional law matters so much, we sat down with Jonathan Shanks, who has developed Law 205/705, Public & Constitutional Law, which launches this summer as part of the Certificate in Law. He breaks down why the constitution and public law matter so much to all of us, every single day.

Duration:00:13:12

Be a Court Case Detective – Fundamentals of Canadian Law 007

3/12/2018
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Dive into the amazing world of case research with professor Mary Jo Maur, developer and instructor of Law 201/701 — Introduction to Canadian Law in this edition of the podcast! We plunge into the amazing world of CanLII, a Canadian online database that collects court decisions from across the nation, with a dizzying array of search options and ways to find exactly the information you’re looking for. It’s pretty amazing! Mary Jo walks us through how to find almost anything related to court...

Duration:00:20:54

The Perils of Partnership: Fundamentals of Canadian Law 006

2/19/2018
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Is partnership the right business move? Could you be in a partnership without even knowing it? We’re joined by corporate lawyer Peter Kissick, a faculty member here at Queen’s and developer of Law 204/704: Corporate Law for the Certificate in Law. He demystifies one of the central types of business structures, and lays out the advantages — and dangers — of partnership. Who shares what? Who’s at risk? How can you be in a partnership without meaning to… and how can you get out of it? Peter...

Duration:00:18:57

Presumed Innocent: Fundamentals of Canadian Law Podcast 005

1/29/2018
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We’re joined once again by Queen’s Law professor, and developer of the Law 201/701 Criminal Law module, Lisa Kerr. The topic: presumption of innocence. Why is it the bedrock of our criminal justice system? How does it level the playing field of one person versus all of society? And… is it really as venerable and ancient a principle as we think it is? Lisa joins us via Skype from New York to talk about all of this, and more!

Duration:00:12:52

Marijuana Legalization and the Federal-Provincial Relationship: Fundamentals of Canadian Law Podcast 004

1/8/2018
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We all know that the Canadian federal government is decriminalizing marijuana, but what does that mean? Queen’s Associate Dean Academic, Cherie Metcalf, is here to explain how the federal government and provincial governments are legally linked, and how that intricate relationship is key to understanding how pot decriminalization will happen. Cherie is also the creator of the Constitutional Law module for Law 201/701 in the Queen’s Certificate in Law — to find out more about the only online...

Duration:00:10:21

The difference between “Aboriginal” and “Indigenous” Law with Hugo Choquette: Fundamentals of Canadian Law Podcast 003

12/18/2017
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Aboriginal Law? Indigenous Law? What’s the difference? There is one — and it’s huge! We unpack what the terminology means (and how we arrived at “Indigenous” as the preferred* term for pre-colonial North American peoples) in an in-depth discussion with Hugo Choquette, Queen’s Law professor and the developer of Law 202/702, Aboriginal Law, in the Certificate in Law program. *kind of. It’s complicated! Listen to the episode.

Duration:00:13:13