Constitutional Law/Civil Liberties Section Meeting 

May 27, 2019
Vancouver BC

Veuillez notez, cet événement ne sera disponible qu'en anglais.

Challenging Canada's Solitary Confinement Laws
This meeting is being hosted by the Constitutional/Civil Liberties Section.

Speaker(s): Tom Arbogast;
Patricia Barkaskas; and,
Additional speaker TBC
Time: Monday, May 27, 2019 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm (Pacific Time)
Vancouver: BC Courthouse Libraries (Fraser Room), 3rd Floor-800 Smithe Street, Vancouver, BC
Victoria: Video Conference | Sussex Building (Boardroom 211), 1001 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC*
Meal Cost: Not Applicable | Attendees are invited and encouraged to bring a lunch to this session. 
CPD Hours: 2.00
Please note that this is an estimate of the total hours of CPD that are being offered. Upon the conclusion of the meeting, an assessment will be made as to exactly how many hours will be approved.

The Constitutional and Civil Liberties Section invite you to join us to hear from counsel involved in challenging the constitutionality of Canada's solitary confinement laws. After a successful challenge to the administrative segregation provisions of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act brought here in BC by the BC Civil Liberties Association and the John Howard Society of Canada, a bill seeking to reform segregation in federal prisons (Bill C-83) is now before the Senate for consideration. 

Speakers include:

  • Tom Arbogast, who represented the Criminal Defence Advocacy Society (CDAS), an intervener at the BCSC and BCCA;  
  • Patricia Barkaskas, who represented the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies at the BCCA, and;
  • Another speaker (TBC) providing the perspective of the BC Civil Liberties Assocation, who has long-advocated for external oversight, procedural protections and caps on isolation in prisons.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Raji Mangat. 

The speakers will present on and lead a fascinating discussion on the issues arising and implications of the successful BC challenge to solitary confinement, the challenge that proceeded in Ontario and the federal government's proposed reforms to solitary confinement.

*Attendees in Victoria are invited to join a group viewing (via video conference) arranged by Section Chair, Tyna Mason.

Accessibility & Inclusiveness
The CBABC provides access to Section activities for all members. The facilities for this meeting may be wheelchair accessible. For information about accessible parking or to communicate your request for other accommodation you require, please contact CBABC Sections at

We also welcome your suggestions for enhancing the inclusiveness of our activities.

Sections host webinars from Internet-capable venues where significant interest has been expressed by Section members in attending remotely. This Section meeting will be offered as a teleconference or webinar depending on the resources and technology available at the venue. 

Webinar or teleconference instructions will be sent to your email that we have on file one day prior to this meeting date. These instructions will indicate when you should log in, as the meeting may start a little later than expected, as members and speaker(s) may be setling in, or if there is a lunch/dinner component.

If you have not received instructions by days end one day prior, please email

Please ensure to sign-in at the meeting; failure to sign-in will result in de-registration. CBABC requires this as a record to confirm your attendance for this meeting for your CPD reporting (if applicable).


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