Non-parties to an arbitration agreement were not bound by the agreement, but instead were bound by the Arbitration Act, 1991 S.O. 1991, c.17

Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – Arbitration Board – Judicial review – Jurisdiction – Appeals – Standard of review – Reasonableness – Arbitration and award – Right to award costs Bergmanis v. Diamond, [2021] O.J. No. 1585, 2021 ONSC 2375, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, March 26, 2021, W.S. Chalmers J. Pursuant to a Personal ...

The appellant, a member of the Fredericton Police Force was caught stealing while in the United States. She was never convicted, but the charges were not dismissed either. At the same time as this was unfolding, a formal complaint was initiated through her employer. The matter proceeded to arbitration where she was dismissed from her employment with the Fredericton Police Force, the arbitrator citing her breach of trust as the primary reason for the termination. The appellant sought to quash the arbitrator’s decision on judicial review for both procedural and substantive reasons.

16. November 2018 0
Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – Arbitration Board – Professional governance and discipline – Judicial review – Appeals – Standard of review – Reasonableness – Police – Professional misconduct or conduct unbecoming Campbell v. Fredericton (City) Police Force, [2018] N.B.J. No. 197, 2018 NBCA 54, New Brunswick Court of Appeal, September 6, 2018, J.C.M. Richard, ...

Unsuccessful application for judicial review of arbitrator’s decision to substitute a two day suspension for the demotions of two firefighters employed by the City

20. February 2018 0
The Applicant, the Corporation of the City of St. Catharine’s, unsuccessfully applied for judicial review of an arbitration decision regarding two firefighters employed by the City. The firefighters had been represented by the Respondent, St. Catharine’s Professional Fire Fighters’ Association in asking an arbitrator to set aside their demotion. Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – ...

Arbitrator’s finding that ATV was covered for SABS benefits under a commercial umbrella liability policy is upheld

20. April 2017 0
Arbitrator’s findings regarding the interpretation of a commercial umbrella liability policy was found to be unreasonable, but was upheld on the basis that the arbitrator nonetheless reached the correct disposition. Administrative Law – Arbitration Board – Decisions reviewed – Judicial Review – Motor vehicle accidents – Reasonableness – Standard of Review Farmers’ Mutual Insurance Co. ...

BC Court of Appeal permitted the respondent leave to appeal a commercial arbitrator’s decision. The Arbitration Act only allows leave to appeal on questions of law, and the court determined that the question raised by the respondent was one of law, since it related to contractual interpretation and whether something was or reasonably ought to have been within the common knowledge of the parties at the time of the execution of the contract. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that contractual interpretation issues involving mixed fact and law, such as whether something was or reasonably ought to have been within the common knowledge of the parties at the time of the execution of the contract, are properly questions of fact. Accordingly, as the respondent’s appeal was based on a question of fact and not law, it should not have been granted leave. The appellant’s appeal was allowed.

23. September 2014 0
Administrative law – Decisions of administrative tribunals – Arbitration Board – Arbitration and award – Judicial review – Appeals – Leave to appeal – Test – Compliance with legislation – Jurisdiction of court – Standard of review – Reasonableness simpliciter Sattva Capital Corp. v. Creston Moly Corp., [2014] S.C.J. No. 53, 2014 SCC 53, Supreme ...

In this case, the Supreme Court of Canada considered the distinction between arbitrators and courts with respect to awarding interest

26. November 2013 0
Administrative law – Decisions of administrative tribunals – Arbitration Board – Jurisdiction – Natural resources – Forestry – Timber licences – Government – Expropriation – Interest – Compound vs. simple interest – Judicial review – Compliance with legislation – Interpretation British Columbia (Forests) v. Teal Cedar Products Ltd., [2013] S.C.J. No. 51, 2013 SCC 51, Supreme ...

The appellants successfully appealed an arbitrator’s decision on the basis that the arbitrator erred by failing to give effect to the ordinary and plain meaning of a statutory provision regarding employment benefits

Administrative law – Decisions of administrative tribunals – Labour and employment boards – Arbitration Board – Labour law – Collective agreements – Benefits – Judicial review – Appeals – Compliance with legislation – Statutory interpretation – Standard of review – Correctness British Columbia Teachers’ Federation v. British Columbia Public School Employers’ Assn., [2013] B.C.J. No. 767, ...

The City of St. John’s (the “City”) was successful on an appeal from an order affirming an arbitration award, which held that an interest in land and water rights leased to the respondent Newfoundland Power Inc. (“Newfoundland Power”) ought to be valued as part of the going concern.

Administrative law – Decisions of administrative tribunals – Arbitration Board – Natural resources – Electricity – Municipalities – Utility services – Contracts – Landlord and tenant – Leases – Land and water rights – Valuation – Judicial review – Standard of review – Reasonableness simpliciter St. John’s (City) v. Newfoundland Power Inc., [2013] N.J. No. ...

The Applicant home builder sought a review of an arbitrator’s decision relating to a warranty dispute between the Applicant and the Respondent condominium corporation. The arbitrator decided he had jurisdiction to proceed with the arbitration and the Applicant’s application to review that decision was dismissed.

Administrative law – Decisions of administrative tribunals – Arbitration Board – Judicial review – Jurisdiction of arbitrator – Standard of review – Correctness Urban E. Homes Ltd. v. Condomium Corp. No. 0313563, [2013] A.J. No. 187, 2013 ABQB 109, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, February 15, 2013, R.A. Jerke J. The Applicant, Urban E. Homes Ltd., constructed ...

The appeal by a union from a decision overturning a Chambers judge’s decision to set aside an arbitrator’s decision due to insufficient reasons was dismissed where the Court found that the arbitrator’s decision was reasonable and the reasons allowed a reviewing Court to understand why the tribunal had made its decision and permitted it to determine whether the conclusion was within the range of acceptable outcomes

25. January 2012 0
Administrative law – Decisions of administrative tribunals – Labour and employment boards – Arbitration Board – Labour law – Collective agreements – Arbitration – Benefits – Judicial review – Natural justice – Procedural requirements and fairness – Failure to provide reasons – Standard of review – Reasonableness simpliciter – Correctness Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses’ Union ...