Administrative Law Conference 2012


Course Date: October 26, 2012

Total: 6h 43min

Welcome and Introduction

Frank A.V. Falzon, QC — Frank A.V. Falzon Law Corporation, Victoria
Angus M. Gunn, Jr. — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver

Opening Address: Fairness and Natural Justice

The Honourable Mr. Justice Louis LeBel — Supreme Court of Canada, Ottawa

The Year in Review: Recent Developments in Administrative Law

  • standard of review: so near yet so far away
  • reasons and reasonableness: a marriage of (in)convenience?
  • the place for deference when decision making engages Charter rights, freedoms, and values: the common law prevails
  • the reach of public law rights and remedies in an era of public private partnerships: many bridges to cross
  • consulting and accommodating Aboriginal peoples: who is legally responsible?
  • discretionary refusal of remedies: a new playground

David J. Mullan — Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University, Kingston

Networking Break

Year in Review: British Columbia Case Law

  • recent developments of interest in BC jurisprudence, including the ATA

Frank A.V. Falzon, QC — Frank A.V. Falzon Law Corporation, Victoria
Karrie A. Wolfe — Ministry of Justice, Victoria

Debate #1: "Be it Resolved that the Standard of Review Provisions in the BC Administrative Tribunals Act Should be Repealed."

Moderator: Cheryl L. Vickers — Chair, Property Assessment Appeal Board, Richmond 
 
Arguing in Favor of the Resolution:
The Honourable John M. Evans — Federal Court of Appeal, Ottawa
Angus M. Gunn, Jr. — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver

Arguing Against the Resolution:
Frank A.V. Falzon, QC — Frank A.V. Falzon Law Corporation, Victoria
David J. Mullan — Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University, Kingston

Networking Lunch

Ethics: The Duty of Lawyers Vis-a-Vis Tribunals

  • decisions
  • re-appointments
  • conflicts
  • structure

S. Ronald Ellis, QC — Barrister & Solicitor, Toronto

Standard of Review: Papering Over the Cracks in Dunsmuir

  • presumptions or factored analysis?
  • jurisdictional questions: on life support now?
  • Dunsmuir and non-adjudicative decision making
  • reasonableness review: fact or fiction?

The Honourable John M. Evans — Federal Court of Appeal, Ottawa

Networking Break

Debate #2: "Be it Resolved that the Unwritten Constitutional Guarantee of Independence, Presently Extended to Superior Courts and Statutory Courts, Ought to Apply to Administrative Tribunals Exercising Adjudicative Functions."

Moderator:  Cheryl L. Vickers — Chair, Property Assessment Appeal Board, Richmond 
 
Arguing in Favour of the Resolution:
S. Ronald Ellis, QC — Barrister & Solicitor, Toronto
The Honourable John M. Evans — Federal Court of Appeal, Ottawa

Arguing Against the Resolution:
Hudson N. Janisch — Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Toronto
David J. Mullan — Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University, Kingston

Closing Remarks and Wrap-up

Frank A.V. Falzon, QC — Frank A.V. Falzon Law Corporation, Victoria
Angus M. Gunn, Jr. — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver