Foreclosure Update 2002

Course Date: November 1, 2002

Welcome and Introduction

Sandra F. Guarascio — Roper Greyell LLP, Vancouver
Marino J. Sveinson — Roper Greyell LLP, Vancouver

The Future of the Human Rights Tribunal

          Faculty TBA

When Rights Clash: Accommodating Religious Beliefs in a Changing Society

  • the challenges in accommodating religious beliefs
  • access to government services vs. security and resource concerns
  • undue hardship in accommodating religion in employment
  • when religion clashes with other rights
  • a review of recent human rights and Charter cases
  • policy considerations
  • a look at the global picture

    Wendy J. Harris, QC — Harris and Company LLP, Vancouver
    Eleni Kassaris — Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Vancouver
    Lisa C. Kerr — J.S.D. candidate, New York University School of Law, NY

Networking Break

Human Rights Tribunal Judicial Review Update

  • recent Supreme Court and Court of Appeal cases
  • test for prima facie discrimination
  • standard of review and the role of the court, discretionary decisions, mootness and issues respecting the record
  • impact of the new BCSC rules
    Denise E. Paluck — BC Human Rights Tribunal, Vancouver

Lunch with Featured Speaker
         The Honourable Mobina S.B. Jaffer — Senator for British Columbia, Senate of Canada, Ottawa

Human Rights Issues When Advising First Nations

  • status provisions
  • Bill C-3, gender discrimination and McIvor
  • Bill S-4 and its effects on matrimonial property on a reserve
  • balancing individual rights vs. collective rights of the First Nation or Indian Band
  • effects of the repeal of s. 67 of the Canadian Human Rights Act on First Nation government and organizations jurisdiction
  • duty to accommodate—incorporating First Nation’s legal traditions and customary laws as a part of employer responses
  • implementation of Special Programs for disadvantaged groups and individuals under the Charter, BC Human Rights Code and Canadian Human Rights Act
  • potential for self-governing First Nations’ own human rights legislation, commissions, and tribunals

    Christopher G. Devlin — Devlin Gailus, Victoria
    Michael J. Weiler — Boughton Law Corporation, Vancouver

Concurrent Sessions: (choose 1)

A. Anti-Bullying Legislation 

  • what the legislation looks like
  • update on the three provinces that have passed the legislation
  • option in BC—should it be a tort, human rights, WCB, or ESA claim?
  • considerations when drafting legislation
  • resources available

      Robyn Durling — BC Human Rights Coalition, Vancouver


B. Accommodation of Psychological Illness

  • identifying psychological illnesses
  • unique characteristics of accommodating a psychological illness within the workplace
  • what information can and should be shared with managers, supervisors, co-workers, and more
  • accommodation and identifying alternatives
  • follow-ups
  • practical considerations
    Dr. Merv Gilbert, RPsych — Gilbert Acton, Organizational Consultants, Vancouver
    Patricia Janzen — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver

Networking Break

Case Law Update

  • key cases
  • analysis, impact, and effects
  • trends

Christopher M. McHardy — McCarthy Tetrault LLP, Vancouver
Donovan G. Plomp — McCarthy Tetrault LLP, Vancouver

Closing Questions and Comments


November 1, 2002