There are but four working and schooling days in this week following Labour Day (which was first celebrated in the spring five years after first creating the Dominion). Therefore, this post is the first of two today to introduce all five bloggers in the Law and Social Media course.
We are pleased to introduce the gang’s second oldest member, and the only one born in the 1980s (which were so much better than the 1970s, we’ll have you know, Mr. Welke). Leri Koornhof is a third-year student at the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta. She is the only blogger who was part of this course last year and is excited to continue the standard of research, writing, and connecting history with interesting modern concepts which may relate to the study of law.
Ms. Koornhof has an educational background in Humanities and her work experience includes writing and editing for a former Minister of Justice Canada, serving tables at both elegant and non-elegant establishments, selling sports cars on the west coast, and tutoring and mentoring children and youth with special needs. Despite her advanced age (of which LSA President Nick Todd often is apt to remind her), Ms. Koornhof has learned to use these novel instruments with microchips and invisible rays to share her thoughts on historical events and how they interact with current legal analyses and social issues.
Contrary to Mr. Todd’s insistence, Ms. Koornhof is not a contemporary of the The Dominion. However, what she lacks in first-hand experience she vows to meet by researching and analyzing interesting facts to keep The Dominion’s readers glued to their brightly lit technology screens. For example, one major change in law from the 19th century to the 20th century was granting women and non-European men the right to vote. Ms. Koornhof’s work with the Ms. Suffragette team in the 2016 Winter semester explored the history of the suffrage movement in Canada. Click here for a #FBF from this Friday to another Friday past (a bit like virtual time travel!) where Ms. Suffragette explored the famous Persons Case of 1929. Until the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) interpreted it differently the BNA Act stood in the way of women being considered legal persons for the purpose of becoming senators. Thus, in the words of the JCPC, the BNA Act was to be seen “a living tree capable of growth and expansion within its natural limits” (tip: if you are just starting law school, you will probably see this doctrine of constitutional law on your exam) so as to accommodate the changing needs of Canadian society.
Your Humble Servants,
  AC 124, 1929 UKPC 86.
 One of the major changes during the evolution of Canada’s independence during the 20th century following the BNA Act was ceasing to appeal court cases to England’s JCPC; instead, we rely on our Supreme Court of Canada for the ultimate interpretation of legislation.