Human Rights Law Conference 2020: Combo

Course Date: November 17, 2020

Full Course Materials
Total: 9h 12min
Total Ethics: 1h 51min

Day 1: Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Welcome and Land Acknowledgement (9:00 – 9:10)

Sandra F. GuarascioRoper Greyell LLP, Vancouver
Lindsay WaddellMoore Edgar Lyster LLP, Vancouver

Unconcious Bias and Racism in the Workplace (9:10 – 10:40)

  • identifying how the ways people think and operate in their everyday lives can create systemic issues
  • methodologies in addressing systemic racism issues in the workplace
  • dealing with micro aggressions, calling out others, and investigations
  • best practices for a respectful workplace

Kymberly FranklinNova Scotia Human Rights Commission, Halifax
Parker JohnsonElevate Inclusion Strategies, Vancouver
Amber PrinceAtira Women's Resource Society, Vancouver

BREAK (10:40 – 11:00)

Decolonizing Human Rights/Indigenous Rights (11:00 – 12:00)

  • review of report on Cultural Equality and Indigenous Peoples' Rights
  • recommendations for getting Indigenous people more/better access with human rights issues
  • Indigenous identity as a protected ground
  • micro-discriminations

Kasari GovenderHuman Rights Commissioner of BC, Vancouver
Ardith Walpetko We’dalx Walkem, QC — Cedar and Sage Law Corporation, Chilliwack

LUNCH (12:00 – 12:40)

BC's Human Rights Commissioner Update (12:40 – 1:40)

Kasari GovenderHuman Rights Commissioner of BC, Vancouver

BREAK (1:40 – 2:00)

BC Human Right Tribunal Update (2:00 – 3:00)

  • increasing numbers of complaints and statistics
    • waht are the impacts on the process?
    • where is there delay and how long is it?
    • what is the Tribunal doing to address these issues?
  • what is the impact of COVID-19 on the Tribunal?

Diana Juricevic — Chair, BC Human Rights Tribunal, Vancouver

Day 2: Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Welcome (9:00 – 9:05)

Sandra F. GuarascioRoper Greyell LLP, Vancouver
Lindsay WaddellMoore Edgar Lyster LLP, Vancouver

Case Law Update (9:05 – 10:00)

  • key cases
  • analysis and trends
  • effects on practice

Laura DeVriesMcCarthy Tétrault LLP, Vancouver
Christopher M. McHardy
McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Vancouver

BREAK (10:00 – 10:20)

Judicial Review Update and Practice Tips (10:20 – 11:20)

  • review and update of significant BC Supreme Court, BC Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court of Canada cases
  • practice tips on judicial review

Katherine A. HardieBC Human Rights Tribunal, Vancouver
David G. WongFasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver

Ethics Fact Patterns (11:20 – 12:50)

  • what would/should you do?
  • discussions in context

Koml KandolaKandola Arbitration Services Ltd., North Vancouver
Karen L. Snowshoe — Lawyer, Adjudicator, and Mediator, Snowshoe Law, Vancouver

LUNCH (12:50 – 1:30)

Hot Topics in Human Rights and COVID-19 (1:30 – 3:00)

  • intersection of family status, disability, and accommodation
  • privacy law in times of COVID-19
  • how COVID-19 has affected the Human Rights Tribunal

James D. KondopulosRoper Greyell LLP – Employment and Labour Lawyers, Vancouver
Melissa VanderHouwen Moore Edgar Lyster LLP, Vancouver