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CBA Administrative Law Section

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Applying Gladue principles to professional misconduct cases

  • October 21, 2022
  • Christopher Wirth

In Law Society of Ontario v. McCullough, 2022 ONLSTH 63 (Law Society Tribunal Hearing Division), a panel of the Law Society’s Tribunal (the “Panel”) took into consideration, for the first time, a lawyer’s Indigenous background in determining the penalty to be imposed for professional misconduct involving misappropriation of trust funds.

Administrative Law

The lessons of OK v. Highlands

  • May 30, 2022
  • Christopher Wirth and Alex Smith

British Columbia Court of Appeal applies correctness standard of review outside of recognized exceptions.

Administrative Law

Ontario Divisional Court finds hospital’s policy to deny visitors during pandemic not subject to judicial review and does not breach Charter

  • June 23, 2020
  • Christopher Wirth and Sakshi Chadha

On an urgent application, the Ontario Divisional Court in Sprague v. Her Majesty the Queen in right of Ontario, 2020 ONSC 2335, found that a hospital’s policy limiting visitor access to certain “essential visitors” was not subject to judicial review and did not breach the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Administrative Law

Federal Court of Appeal rules that lobbying commissioner has no duty to investigate complaints from the public

  • June 22, 2020
  • Marion Sandilands

In a decision with wide-ranging implications for the lobbying community and for administrative law generally, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled in Canada (Attorney General) v. Democracy Watch (2020 FCA 69) that the federal Lobbying Act does not create a duty for the lobbying commissioner to investigate complaints from members of the public.

Administrative Law

Alberta Court of Appeal finds that Charter applies to students’ exercise of freedom of expression on university campus

  • June 11, 2020
  • Christopher Wirth, Sakshi Chadha and Shamim Fattahi

In UAlberta Pro-Life v. Governors of the University of Alberta, 2020 ABCA 1, the Alberta Court of Appeal held that the University of Alberta was subject to s. 32 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in relation to its regulation of freedom of expression by students on university grounds.

Administrative Law