Annual Update on Human Rights: Keeping on Top of Key Developments (Live In-Person) 

Jun. 10, 2011
Toronto ON

Program Details
Date and Time
: Friday, June 10, 2011 |9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location: The Conference Centre at the OBA | 200-20 Toronto ON M5C 2B8

This year's program will provide a practical update on both substantive and procedural issues relating to human rights claims. The presenters will share topical information relevant to practitioners with varying levels of experience with human rights legislation, and share insight based upon case law and experience relating to both the provincial and federal regimes.  The program is intended to promote discussion of practice issues that those of us who advise clients regarding human rights issues may have to address.

Highlights include:

  • Accommodation of family status and mental illness
  • Proving/disproving systemic discrimination
  • Dealing with gender identity discrimination
  • The new summary judgment procedure at the Human Rights Tribunal Ontario
  • The role of social media
  • Update on remedies
  • Costs and forum issues
  • What's new from the chairs of the Federal and Provincial Human Rights Tribunals

Program Chairs:
Stuart Rudner,
Miller Thomson LLP
Geri Sanson, SANSON LAW OFFICE Professional Corporation
Andrew C. Wray, Pinto Wray James LLP

9:00 am Introductory Remarks and Snapshot of Recent Legal Developments
Geri Sanson, SANSON LAW OFFICE Professional Corporation

9:20 am What's New at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

  • Messages from the Chairs of the Tribunals about the Tribunal's evolving work/role

David A. Wright, Interim Chair, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario
Shirish P. Chotalia, Q.C., Chair, Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

10:10 am Procedure, Discretion and Rules

  • Use of section 45.1 discretionary powers
  • New Rule 19A summary hearing process
  • Costs. The debate goes on

Ranjan Agarwal, Bennett Jones LLP
Janina Fogels, Human Rights Legal Support Centre
Lauri A. Reesor, Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP

11:00 am Break

11:15 am Legal and Practical Considerations in Systemic, Family Status and Gender Identity Matters

  • Is gender identity a protected ground?
  • Accommodation of family status, where do we stand?
  • Systemic discrimination: what is it and how do we prove it?

Peter Engelmann, Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP
Katherine Ford, Sherrard Kuzz LLP
Michelle Henry, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

12:05 pm "Short Snappers": New Case Law and Discrete Issues

  • The use of social media as evidence
  • Update on human rights remedies
  • Dealing with mental health disabilities

Andrea Sanche, Ricketts Harris LLP
Cherolyn Knapp, Nelson Watson LLP
Alix Herber, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Hadiya Roderique, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

12:55 pm Question Period

1:00 pm Program Concludes


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    CBA Member: $145
    CBA Student Member: $45
    Non-Member: $245
    E-Materials included in the registration fee
    Additional charge for hard copy materials $50
    plus applicable taxes

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