Human Rights Conference 2015


Course Date: November 19, 2015

Total: 11h 29min

Day 1: Thursday, November 19, 2015

Welcome and Introduction

Sandra F. GuarascioRoper Greyell LLP, Vancouver
Lindsay M. LysterMoore Edgar Lyster, Vancouver

Case Law Update

  • key cases
  • analysis and trends
  • effects on practice

Christopher M. McHardyMcCarthy Tétrault LLP, Vancouver
Ryley M. MennieMcCarthy Tétrault LLP, Vancouver

Networking Break

What are our Rights Worth?: Quantifying Damages for Charter Breaches and Human Rights Violations

  • damages under s. 24(1) of the Charter
  • non-pecuniary damages under the Human Rights Code
  • principles of compensation, vindication, and deterrence

Bryant A. MackeyFarris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy, Victoria
Susanna QuailAllevato Quail & Worth, Vancouver

Systemic Exclusion by Design: The Human Rights Implications of Shifts in Government Service Delivery

  • trends in service delivery to low-income and marginalized people
  • barriers that these present to people for reasons including mental health and language
  • human rights implications and litigation strategies

 Lobat SadrehashemiBC Public Interest Advocacy Centre, Vancouver

Adjusting the Frame: Expert Evidence of Social Context at the BC Human Rights Tribunal

  • use of expert evidence to prove the nexus in the test for prima facie discrimination
  • recent case examples: VANDU, PN, Balikama and Bombardier

Devyn CousineauKoskie Glavin Gordon, Vancouver

Lunch with Featured Speaker

Scott BrentClient Services Manager, Mental Health Claims Unit, WorkSafeBC, Richmond

Networking Break

Sex and Off Duty Conduct

Veronica S.C. RossosSingleton Urquhart LLP, Vancouver

Brar and Others v. BC Veterinary Medical Association and Osborne (No. 22), 2015 BCHRT 151

Professor Margot YoungFaculty of Law at Allard Hall, University of BC, Vancouver

Ethics Fact Patterns

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

Lindsay M. LysterMoore Edgar Lyster, Vancouver
Gabriel M.A. SomjenBorden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver

Closing Questions and Comments

Sandra F. GuarascioRoper Greyell LLP, Vancouver
Lindsay M. LysterMoore Edgar Lyster, Vancouver

 

Day 2: Friday, November 20, 2015

Welcome and Introduction

Sandra F. GuarascioRoper Greyell LLP, Vancouver
Lindsay M. LysterMoore Edgar Lyster, Vancouver

Judicial Review of BC Human Rights Tribunal Decisions

  • review and update of significant BC Supreme Court, BC Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court of Canada cases

Jacqueline GantFasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver
Katherine A. HardieBC Human Rights Tribunal, Vancouver
Monique G. OrieuxFasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver

Networking Break

Mediation Panel

  • pros and cons to mediation
  • when it is and isn’t appropriate

Diana JuricevicBC Human Rights Tribunal, Vancouver
Lindsay WaddellMoore Edgar Lyster, Vancouver
Michael A. WagnerRoper Greyell LLP, Vancouver

Strengthening Human Rights: Why British Columbia Needs a Human Rights Commission

  • changes to Clinic and CLAS 
  • suggested change to the Tribunal-only model

Dr. Gwen BrodskyBarrister & Solicitor; Director of the Poverty and Human Rights Centre, Vancouver 
Shelagh DayPresident, Canadian Human Rights Reporter, Vancouver
Robyn DurlingCo-Director, BC Human Rights Clinic, Vancouver

Networking Lunch

Trans Human Rights: Challenging the M/F Paradigm

Harriette CunninghamComox
barb findlay, QCbarbara findlay, QC Law Office, Vancouver
Elizabeth A. ReidBoughton Law Corporation, Vancouver

Networking Break

Working with Self-Represented Litigants

  • practical tips, strategies, and advice (including ethical considerations) for dealing with self-represented litigants

Frances M. KellyCommunity Legal Assistance Society, Vancouver
Norman K. TreriseBC Human Rights Tribunal, Vancouver

Exercise in Advocacy

  • mock micro hearings on human rights issues
  • live adjudication with discussion on reasons for decisions

Jonathan ChapnickLegal Counsel, Hospital Employees' Union, Burnaby
Catherine McCrearyBC Human Rights Tribunal, Vancouver
Andrea ZwackGall Legge Grant & Munroe LLP, Vancouver

Closing Questions and Comments

Sandra F. GuarascioRoper Greyell LLP, Vancouver
Lindsay M. LysterMoore Edgar Lyster, Vancouver