The decision of the Respondent Deputy Minister of Health to terminate Pharmacy Participation Agreements made between PharmaCare and the Petitioner pharmacies was the exercise of a statutory power of decision; it did not arise from the common law powers that the Crown enjoys as a natural person. The Petitioners were entitled to seek judicial review of the decision under the British Columbia Judicial Review Procedure Act. The duty of procedural fairness owed to the Petitioners was not met by the Respondent. Certiorari was granted, the decision to terminate the Pharmacy Participation Agreements was quashed and the matter was remitted to the Respondent for reconsideration.

27. June 2006 0
Administrative law – Pharmacists – Decisions of administrative tribunals – Ministerial orders – Policies – Statutory provisions – Pharmacy Participation Agreements – Judicial review – Procedural requirements and fairness – Legislation – Compliance with legislation – Statutory interpretation – Standard of review – Reasonableness simpliciter – Remedies – Certiorari Delivery Drugs Ltd. (c.o.b. Gastown Pharmacy) v. British ...

On judicial review of a decision of the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal, the court held that the Tribunal was within its statutory jurisdiction in making the damage awards it did and it did not err in finding liability for discrimination on the facts before it

27. December 2005 0
Administrative law – Human rights complaints – Discrimination – Disability – Remedies – Certiorari – Damages – Decisions of administrative tribunals – Human Rights Tribunal – Judicial review – Jurisdiction – Crown immunity – Standard of review – Patent unreasonableness British Columbia v. Bolster, [2005] B.C.J. No. 2365, British Columbia Supreme Court, October 27, 2005, Parrett J. The Province ...

An employee of Weyerhauser (“Mr. Jones”) was successful in his appeal from a decision dismissing his application for judicial review of a decision denying his claim for a loss of earnings pension through the Workers’ Compensation Board

22. November 2005 0
Administrative law – Workers Compensation – Benefits – Decisions of administrative tribunals – Workers Compensation Boards – Judicial review – Jurisdiction – Standard of review of appellate court – Privative clauses – Delegated authority – Standard of review – Patent unreasonableness – Remedies – Mandamus – Certiorari Jones v. British Columbia (Workers’ Compensation Board), [2005] B.C.J. No. ...

The Court granted an order of mandamus and certiorari to the petitioner employee, finding that the respondent employer failed to comply with a direction of the Public Service Appeal Board concerning its competition process and that the respondent employer had no right to make appointments by lateral transfers in the absence of compliance with the direction of the Appeal Board

24. September 2005 0
Administrative law – Judicial review – Compliance with legislation – Procedural requirements – Remedies – Mandamus – Certiorari Gowman v. Land and Water British Columbia Inc., [2002] B.C.J. No. 2406, British Columbia Supreme Court, October 22, 2002, Owen-Flood J. The respondent posted a competition for seven “Land and Water Manager” positions. The petitioner applied to the ...

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Edmonton Journal Group (the “Media Intervenors”) were successful in their appeal from the chambers judge’s decision to quash the decision of an inquiry judge granting “interested person” status to the media in a fatality inquiry. The Court of Appeal held that the chambers judge did not appropriately apply the reasonableness standard in reviewing the inquiry judge’s decision and instead substituted his own opinion for that of the inquiry judge.

Administrative law – Freedom of information and protection of privacy – Media access to hearings – Hearings – In camera hearings – Judicial review – Administrative decisions – Appeals – Standard of review – Reasonableness simpliciter – Remedies – Certiorari Wasylyshen v. Wenden (Appeal by Canadian Broadcasting Corp.), [2005] A.J. No. 710, Alberta Court of Appeal, June 1, ...

An application was granted for an order of certiorari to quash a resolution of the Medical Advisory Committee of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority that suspended the Applicant doctor’s medical staff privileges pending the outcome of a hearing into certain complaints against him. The Applicant’s privileges were re-instituted subject to certain conditions.

28. September 2004 0
Administrative law – Physicians and surgeons – Competence – Hospital privileges – Suspensions – Hearings – Judicial review – Natural justice – Procedural requirements and fairness – Administrative decisions – Bias – Remedies – Certiorari – Injunctions Fong v. Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, [2004] M.J. No. 299, Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench, July 30, 2004, Beard J. The ...

The Petitioner, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (the “APEGBC”) had standing to bring the Petition since the enabling legislation separated the investigative, prosecutorial and adjudicative functions of the APEGBC. The clear purpose of the Act was to establish the independence and impartiality of the three functions. The Petitioner was not seeking to recover judgment against itself; rather it was seeking a determination of the correctness of a ruling made by a statutorily created panel with distinct functions and responsibilities. However, the court could not conclude that the panel’s decision represented an error on the face of the record.

27. July 2004 0
Administrative law – Engineers – Governance – Functions of a self-governing body – Discipline committee decisions – Statutory provisions – Judicial review – Compliance with legislation – Remedies – Certiorari Assn. of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia v. Visser, [2004] B.C.J. No. 1053, British Columbia Supreme Court, May 25, 2004, Cullen J. The APEGBC sought, ...

A worker (“Jones”) successfully sought re-hearing of his petition for judicial review of a Workers’ Compensation Board (the “Board”) decision which had denied him a loss of earnings pension. Jones alleged that the reviewing judge wrongly exercised his discretion in refusing a remedy in the nature of certiorari and that the decision was wrong on its merits

27. January 2004 0
Administrative law – Workers compensation – Loss of earnings pension – Judicial review – Evidence – Jurisdiction – Remedies – Certiorari Jones v. British Columbia (Workers’ Compensation Board), [2003] B.C.J. No. 2556, British Columbia Court of Appeal, November 7, 2003, Esson, Donald and Smith JJ.A. Jones initially sought compensation for a work-related injury to his lower back ...

A physician (“Dr. Cimolai”) successfully appealed the decision of a chambers judge dismissing his application for a judicial review of a decision of the Board of Directors of Children’s and Women’s Health Centre which had terminated his hospital privileges on the basis of the finding of harassment. The chambers judge had ruled that the doctor had available to him an “adequate alternative remedy” in the form of an appeal to the Hospital Appeal Board, and that for this reason he was not entitled to judicial review. The Court of Appeal disagreed with the findings of the chambers judge.

26. August 2003 0
Administrative law – Physicians and surgeons – Hospital privileges – Judicial review – Procedural fairness – Public body – Definition – Remedies – Certiorari Cimolai v. Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia, [2003] B.C.J. No. 1313, British Columbia Court of Appeal, June 6, 2003, Southin, Newbury and Hall JJ.A. The Court of Appeal considered the question ...

Arch Transco Ltd. (“Arch Transco”) succeeded in its appeal of the decision dismissing its application seeking to quash an Order made by the fire inspector of the City of Regina (the “City”). The Court of Appeal held that the City’s failure to outline the process of appealing the Order at the time of issuance was fatal and rejected the City’s proposal to issue a new Order containing such appeal details as this was not a sufficient remedy.

28. January 2003 0
Administrative law – Municipalities – Fire inspection – Underground storage tanks – Judicial review – Compliance with legislation – Procedural requirements – Appeal process – Remedies – Certiorari Arch Transco Ltd. v. Regina (City), [2002] S.J. No. 637, Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, November 13, 2002, Tallis, Cameron and Jackson JJ.A. On January 3, 2001, a fire inspector ...