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Monday, April 16, 2018

News from the Osgoode Society: Newsletter #4

Established in 1979, the Osgoode Society publishes books on Canadian legal history and maintains an oral history archive.  


Message from 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 Hall.

As always, this newsletter is also a chance for you to communicate with us. We welcome your comments and suggestions for inclusion in future newsletters.

We look forward to seeing you soon.
Robert Sharpe, President


Thank you to everyone who joined us in January to hear Justice Sharpe speak about former Chief Justice Dickson in the Osgoode Society's first in a series of legal history lectures.

On May 28th, Professors Jim Phillips and Philip Girard will give the second lecture, "Writing the Histories of Law in Canada: The Interaction of Three Legal Systems."

Join us at 5:30 p.m. in the Museum Room at Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West.

To register, please contact Amanda Campbell or visit the event's section of the Osgoode Society's website. If you haven't renewed your membership yet, you'll need to do so before you can register.

JUNE 14, 2018

Join us for the Osgoode Society's Annual General Meeting on June 14, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Museum Room at Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West.

Jim Phillips and Philip Girard will present on their new book, A History of Law in Canada Volume I: Beginnings to 1866, which is the member’s selection for 2018.


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.




The Oral History program is now on Twitter!

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.

For more information on these or any other oral history interview, contact Trish McMahon.


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