Court of Appeal agrees it was not patently unreasonable for BC Human Rights Tribunal to summarily dismiss appellant’s discrimination complaint following his termination for using dating apps to hook up with male students on campus where he worked

15. November 2022 0
Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – Human Rights Tribunal – Judicial review – Appeals – Standard of review – Patent unreasonableness – Employment – Termination of employment – Off-duty conduct – Human rights – Discrimination – Sexual orientation Conklin v. University of British Columbia, [2022] B.C.J. No. 1827, 2022 BCCA 333, British Columbia Court of ...

Stay in your own lane: when asked to review a decision of an administrative tribunal, the Court ought to decline jurisdiction where there is another process available that is more appropriate to the adjudication of the claim

21. June 2022 0
Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – University Committees – Judicial review – Jurisdiction – Procedural requirements and fairness – Standard of review – Reasonableness – Correctness – Human rights complaints – Discrimination – Universities Michalski v. McMaster University, [2022] O.J. No. 2071, 2022 ONSC 2625, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, April 29, 2022, D.L. Corbett, ...

Schooled by the BCSC for Prematurity

Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – Human Rights Tribunal – Judicial review application – Premature – Remedies – Interlocutory injunctions – Schools and school boards – Discrimination Independent School Authority v. Parent, [2022] B.C.J. No. 623, 2022 BCSC 570, British Columbia Supreme Court, April 7, 2022, W.A. Baker J. The petitioners, a private school, seek ...

Court upholds decision of the Human Rights Commissioner that concluded there was insufficient evidentiary basis to move the complaint to a tribunal hearing

15. March 2022 0
Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – Human Rights Commission – Judicial review – Standard of review – Reasonableness – Human rights complaints – Discrimination – Race – Evidence Wint v. Alberta (Human Rights Commission), [2022] A.J. No. 137, 2022 ABQB 87, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, January 31, 2022, D.R. Mah J. The applicant applied ...

Employers only have to try so hard: terminating employment after an employee fails to engage in the accommodation process and fails to respond to related correspondence is not retaliation

Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – Human Rights Commission – investigations – Disability – Discrimination – Employment law – Wrongful dismissal – Judicial review – Application – Appeals – Procedural requirements and fairness – Standard of review – Reasonableness Wojtasiewicz v. Alberta (Human Rights Commission), [2020] A.J. No. 81, 2020 ABCA 23, Alberta Court of ...

You didn’t consider my reply! Canadian Human Rights Commission in breach of procedural fairness by ignoring reply submissions made by applicant to investigator’s report

19. November 2019 0
The court concluded that the Canadian Human Rights Commission committed a breach in procedural fairness when it failed to properly consider and assess reply submissions made by the applicant in response to the investigator’s initial investigation and report. The Commission could not simply adopt the investigator’s findings, when the applicant had raised new issues in ...

Balancing Charter Rights

17. September 2019 0
Where Charter values are engaged in an administrative decision, Charter values do not have to be perfectly balanced; however other avenues and options must be considered in order for the decision to be justifiable, transparent and intelligible. Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – Elections Officer – Charter of Rights and Freedoms – Discrimination – Judicial review – ...

The Appellants (several physicians and physician groups in Ontario) were unsuccessful in appealing a decision of the Divisional Court. The Appellants had applied to the Divisional Court to challenge the constitutionality of policies enacted by the Respondent, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, which required physicians to provide an “effective referral” when they had a religious objection to providing a medical service (e.g. abortion, medical assistance in dying, etc.).

Administrative law – Charter of Rights and Freedoms – Freedom of Religion – Human rights complaints – Discrimination – Judicial review – Appeals – Physicians and surgeons – Statutory provisions – Public interest Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada v. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, [2019] O.J. No. 2515, 2019 ONCA 393, Ontario Court ...

The Appellant, Envirocon Environmental Services ULC, successfully appealed a Chambers decision. The Chambers Judge had refused to interfere with the Tribunal’s application of the legal test for indirect or adverse effect discrimination. The Court of Appeal held the Tribunal’s decision was patently unreasonable.

Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – Human rights tribunal – Discrimination – Judicial review – Appeals – Standard of review – Correctness – Patent unreasonableness – Employment – Termination of employment Envirocon Environmental Services ULC v. Suen, [2019] B.C.J. No. 146, 2019 BCCA 46, British Columbia Court of Appeal, February 5, 2019, S.D. Frankel, S. Stromberg-Stein ...