The Devastating Effects of Sexual Harassment on Women in the RCMP (Webinar Repeat) 

Apr. 12, 2021
Webinar Repeat Online

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Broken Dreams, Broken Promises


Air Date: This is the archived version of a program presented on April 12, 2021.

The Honourable Justice Michel Bastarache, CC, QC (Retd.)

Format: Webinar Recording
CPD Hours: 1.5 Hours of Approved Continuing Professional Development in BC
Watching this on-demand recording provides you with 1.5 hours of the ethics, professional responsibility and practice management component for your Law Society of BC reporting.

The CBA BC and Alberta Branches invited Justice Michel Bastarache, CC, QC to explore the findings of the Merlo Davidson Report and the culture within the RCMP for women and LGBTQ2SI+ employees. Justice Bastarache, CC, QC spoke onthe implications of this report on the law surrounding sexual harassment and discrimination.



About The Honourable Justice Michel Bastarache, CC., QC. (Retd.)

In his final report, released November 2019, the Honourable Michel Bastarache, C.C., Q.C., appointed to administer  the Merlo Davidson Class-Action Settlement Agreement, recommended that the Government of Canada conduct an external, independent and in-depth review of the future of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). He made 52 recommendations which seek to address aspects of the systemic sexism and homophobia embedded in the RCMP's culture.

Assisted by two additional Assessors, the Honorable Lynn Smith, Q.C., and the Honorable Marion Allan, both former judges of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Justice Bastarache assessed 3,086 claims and conducted 644 interviews with current or former female employees of the RCMP who had experienced sexual harassment and discrimination based on their gender or sexual orientation.

Appointed to the New Brunswick Court of Appeal in 1995, and to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1997. After retiring from the Supreme Court, Mr Justice Bastarache worked as counsel at Heenan Blaikie Law firm from 2008 to 2014. He currently is an associate professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Moncton, and at the Facullty of Law, University of Ottawa.

During his impressive career, Justice Bastarache has previously occupied various positions in the academic area ranging from professor to Associate Dean, and has received numerous awards in recognition of his contribution to the development of the law in Canada. He also is the editor and principal author of law books and numerous publications in collective works and periodicals. In 1993, he was nominated as Jurist of the year by the Association des juristes francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick. Justice Bastarache also has an extensive experience and knowledge of in international development work having been involved in a several year judicial reform project in Russia.


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