15th Annual Administrative Law, Labour and Employment Law Conference: Navigating the Future: Emerging Issues for Practitioners in Administrative, Labour and Employment Law
November 28-29, 2014 | Westin, Ottawa (Ontario)
Now in its 15th year, the annual joint conference of the CBA National Administrative Law and Labour & Employment Law Sections is established as the critical event to offer a solid grounding in the latest developments affecting your clients and your practice, to enhance your professional skills and to network with colleagues from around the country.
Fine-tuning of accountability urged
The CBA's National 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 National 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.
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
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