Established in 1979, the Osgoode
Society publishes books on Canadian legal history and maintains an
oral history archive.
the President of the Osgoode Society
Mark your calendars!
With the busy months of spring upon us, the Osgoode Society has
events that you'll want to add to your calendars.
In particular, on May 28th Professors Jim Phillips and Philip
Girard will deliver our next evening session on legal history,
which is based on their upcoming volume on the history of law in
Canada. The topic - Canada's three legal traditions - is fascinating.
You won't want to miss it. Registration details are below.
In addition, the Osgoode Society's Annual General Meeting will be
held on June 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Museum Room at Osgoode
As always, this newsletter is also a chance for you to communicate
with us. We welcome your comments and suggestions for inclusion in
As recent tensions with North Korea hark back to the
days of the Cold War, consider that Canada's own involvement in the
Korean War led to a secret order-in-council that allowed the RCMP to
engage in covert phone-tapping against individuals, organizations,
and even embassies on Canadian soil.
After the ceasefire in 1953 and the original authorization expired,
the Government of Louis St. Laurent decided to continue the program
under the Official Secrets Act. Read more about what Historian Dennis
Molinaro discovered about Project PICNIC, a program the federal
government tried to keep secret until a request for access to
documents was reported by the CBC.
Follow us at @OSOralHistory
to find out the latest news about our oral history program, including
recently opened oral history interviews.
Among these are a series of interviews with the former Chief Justice
of Ontario (and former Attorney General), Roy McMurtry, which formed
the basis of his memoirs published in 2015. We also have
interviews with former Attorneys General Howard Hampton and Marion
Boyd, and former Premiers Bill Davis and Bob Rae.