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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! 16th Annual Administrative Law, Labour and Employment Law Conference

November 27-28, 2015
Ottawa, ON

Now in its 16th year, the annual joint conference of the CBA Administrative Law and Labour & Employment Law Sections is the country’s foremost gathering to bring you the latest developments affecting your clients and your practice, to enhance your professional skills and to network with colleagues.

This year’s panelists will look at:

  • the challenges of responding to allegations of violence and harassment while the public watches;
  • employment issues in professional sports;
  • practical advice about appearing before agencies and tribunals;
  • ethics and professionalism, emerging trends in ADR and restorative justice, and much more!

Details and Registration

PLUS: Follow the CBA (@CBA_News) and the CBA Administrative Law Section (@CBAAdmLaw) on Twitter to stay informed of National and Branch section events and happenings. Be the first to know about other "must-attend" professional development activities. Go to http://twitter.com/signup to get set up if you do not have an existing account.

Winner of 2015 Paul Smith Memorial Award - CBA Administrative Law School Essay Contest

Congratulations Dan! Daniel Rosenbluth is the winner of the 2015 Paul Smith Memorial Award for his paper entitled “Deference on Ministerial Interpretations of Law?”.

Dan Rosenbluth is graduating from Queen’s University Faculty of Law in 2015. Upon graduation, he will complete his articles with Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP in Toronto. Dan was an enthusiastic student of administrative law while at Queen’s, representing the school as an oralist in the 2014 Laskin Moot in Fredericton. Dan was also actively involved in the life of the law school as a peer tutor, research assistant, and associate editor for the Queen’s Law Journal.

Read the winning paper here

The Paul Smith Memorial Award

CBA Young Lawyers International Program 2015-17

If you are aware of young lawyers who may be interested in applying for an international internship, please forward them the following link: http://www.cba.org/CBA/IDP/yiip/.

CBA E-News – September 2015

Message from the Chair

Incoming Administrative Law Section Chair Karen Sinclair-Santos, Q.C., welcomes the new executive lineup and talks about what makes the Section one of the most active in the CBA, and what’s coming up for the Section in the next year.

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Outreach East: Networking in New Brunswick

Ellen Desmond reports on a successful outreach educational section that took place in Moncton, N.B., with a focus on the impact that reforms have had on the independence of tribunals at the institutional and individual levels.

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Section Weighs in on Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct

The CBA's CBA Administrative Law Section has commented on the revised Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct released for consultation by the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada in October 2014. The Section’s submission concludes that the revisions more effectively match the rules to the Lobbying Act and offer greater certainty about the ethical obligations and conduct expected of registered lobbyists. Several of the Commissioner’s proposed revisions reflect the comments offered by the CBA Section in a January 2014 submission. In this most recent submission, the Section has recommended several further amendments to the proposed Code. These recommendations deal with issues such as personal friendships with public office holders, gifts and hospitality, and the application of the Code to in-house lobbyists working for large organizations.

CBA Submission

Fine-tuning of accountability urged

The CBA's CBA Administrative Law Section has made recommendations to fine-tune the accountability of current and former public office holders under the Conflict of Interest Act, including politicians, senior public servants, and order in council appointees. The CBA also recommends that other officials not currently required to report, such as the governor of the Bank of Canada, be added to those already subject to oversight by the Ethics Commissioner.

Guy Giorno, executive member of the CBA’s CBA Administrative Law Section and chair of the CBA’s Lobbying and Ethics Committee, appeared before the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics on February 25.

CBA submission

CBA response to September 2011 Transportation Safety Board (TSB) Regulations

Training administrative tribunal members on the Charter

Following a resolution passed at the 2011 Mid-Winter meeting in Charlevoix, the CBA is urging the federal, provincial and territorial governments to develop and implement a mandatory training program for all members of tribunals on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The objective is for tribunal members with authority to deal with legal questions to gain a practical understanding of the Charter and how it applies to their jurisdiction.

“The Supreme Court of Canada recently held, in R. v. Conway, that every administrative tribunal with authority to deal with questions of law has the jurisdiction to apply the Charter and to issue remedies in accordance with it,” says Mathieu Bouchard, chair of the Administrative Law Section, in his letter to Justice Minister Rob Nicholson.

Read the letter
CBA resolution


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Intra Vires (March 2014)

The Section is currently looking for articles for its next newsletter. If you would like to contribute to the next edition, please contact us at CBA Newsletters.

Past issues can be found on the Newsletter page.



Professional Development

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  • CBA Section executive meeting in conjunction with PD program, November 27-28, 2015 (Ottawa)



The John Tait Award of Excellence is presented each year at the CBA Annual Conference to a public sector lawyer or law office that has displayed the highest standards of professional conduct and competence, made significant contributions to social justice or community affairs, and has exemplified pre-eminent public service.



The Section deals with: legislation conferring judicial or rulemaking powers upon any public official and the administration thereof; the jurisdiction, procedure and organization of administrative tribunals and the practice of lawyers before such tribunals; the organization of government insofar as it affects the foregoing or the practice of lawyers; and judicial review of the exercise of administrative powers.

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