D made by Canadian legal history in recent decades,
we do not know as much as we should about the law of property, a cru
cial aspect of most peoples’ engagement with the law, past and present. The
Osgoode Society is thus especia lly pleased to publish this volume, which
deals with topics as varied as the Newfoundland seal hu nt in the nineteenth
century to the modern Vancouver planning process. Some cases a re well
known, such as the Murdoch fami ly property controversy, others less so, but
the overall scope is very broad—Quebec nuisance law, restrictive covenants,
pollution control, rental housing and human rights, picketi ng, taking by eco
nomic regulation, the theft of i nformation, and land use regulat ion. The au
thors employ the detailed case study approach, allowing them to investigate
not only the development of legal doctrine in particula r contexts, but also to
showthe eect on the legal process of litigants determination lawyering
skillsthebroaderpoliticalandsocia lenvironmentandjudicialaitudes
The purpose of the Osgoode Societ y for Canadian Legal History is to
encourage research and writing i n the history of Canadian law. The Society,
whichwasincorporatedi nandisregistered asacha ritywasfounded
attheinitiativeofthe HonourableRRoyMcMurtryformerlyaorneygen
eralfor Ontar ioa ndc hief justice of the provincea ndocial sof the Law
Society of Upper Canada. The Societ y seeks to stimulate the study of legal
history in Canada by supporting re searchers, collecting oral h istories, and

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