• An Evening of Canadian Legal History – Prof. Jim Walker, “Legacies: The Impact of Black Activism on the History of Rights in Canada”

    Sep 23, 2020 - 5:30 PM at ZOOM On-Line Event

    We will be resuming our evening legal history talks in the fall. They will be conducted over Zoom and there will be a question and comment period after each talk.

    Jim Walker, Professor of History, Waterloo University: ‘Legacies: The Impact of Black Activism on the History of Rights in Canada.’

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  • An Evening of Canadian Legal History – Professor Nina Reid-Maroney, ‘Vigilance:  Black Activism and Chatham’s Demarest Rescue, 1858.’

    Oct 21, 2020 - 5:30 PM at ZOOM On-Line Event

    We will be resuming our evening legal history talks in the fall. They will be conducted over Zoom and there will be a question and comment period after each talk.

    Nina Reid-Maroney,  Professor of History, Western University, titled  ‘Vigilance:  Black Activism and Chatham’s Demarest Rescue, 1858.’

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  • An Evening of Canadian Legal History -Anna Jarvis and Filippo Sposini Present their Research

    Nov 18, 2020 - 5:30 PM at ZOOM

    Join us for an evening of new insights into Canadian legal history.

    This event will explore the work of our 2019 McMurtry Fellowship recipients.

    Anna Jarvis, Patronage and the Canadian Colonial Judiciary: Edward Jarvis of Prince Edward Island

    This presentation will look at the role patronage played in the life and career of Edward James Jarvis, who was Chief Justice of Prince Edward Island from 1828-1852. Jarvis was part of a second generation of Loyalist families whose fathers sought to further their son’s careers by drawing on professional, community, and family ties, networks those sons in turn drew on for their own sons. Jarvis sought the patronage of fellow attorneys, judges, colonial officials, and other prominent figures to further his legal career, illustrating the ways in which the patronage system functioned to maintain social, economic, and political divisions and hierarchies within colonial society.

    Filippo Sposini, Just the Basic Facts: The Certification of Insanity in Ontario (1870s-1890s)

    The certification of insanity was a medico-legal procedure regulating admission into psychiatric institutions. This presentation will focus on the certification procedure developed during the second half of the nineteenth-century in Ontario. Taking the Toronto Lunatic Asylum as a case study, it will explore the introduction of certificates of insanity, examination practices, and people involved in the process. It will show that certification in Ontario was a consensus-based procedure shielding medical practitioners from potential legal actions.

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