An application for anonymity may be unsuccessful in light of behaviour inconsistent with a desire for anonymity: both the litigious conduct of a petitioner, and a delay in time in applying for anonymity and sealing of court files after commencing complaints may undermine a petitioner’s assertion of a concern for privacy

Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – Human Rights Tribunal – Duty to accommodate – Judicial review – Natural justice – Standard of review – Patent unreasonableness Stein v. British Columbia (Human Rights Tribunal), [2020] B.C.J. No. 65, 2020 BCSC 70, British Columbia Supreme Court, January 20, 2020, S.C. Fitzpatrick J. The petitioner had initiated and ...

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 ...

Exploring the scope of solicitor-client privilege

17. December 2019 0
Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – Information and Privacy Commissioner – Freedom of information and protection of privacy – Disclosure of records – Judicial review – Standard of review – Correctness – Solicitor-client privilege British Columbia (Minister of Justice) v. British Columbia (Information and Privacy Commissioner), [2019] B.C.J. No. 1973, 2019 BCSC 1787, British Columbia Supreme ...

Strata Corporations are free to get in their own way when it comes to claiming reimbursement of insurance deductibles from owners

17. December 2019 0
B.C. Supreme Court upholds decision of the Civil Resolution Tribunal that the Bylaws of a Strata Corporation can narrow the Strata’s ability to sue an owner pursuant to section 158(2) of the Strata Property Act. Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – Civil Resolution Tribunal – Condominiums – Strata corporations – By-laws – Judicial review – ...

Federal Court Of Appeal upholds lower court’s decision that Transport Canada Delegate Authority did not breach duty of procedural fairness in cancelling transportation security clearance on basis of past criminal charges

17. September 2019 0
Self-represented individuals engaged in an administrative process must be given a fair and meaningful opportunity to respond, meaning they must be given all the necessary information to enable a reasonable person to participate in the process. That standard is not subjective. Whether one did not in fact properly use such an opportunity because one failed ...

BC Supreme Court overturns Privacy Commissioner decision that records containing the total legal costs of ongoing litigation were producible on the basis that the presumption of privilege had been rebutted

17. September 2019 0
A litigant’s records with respect to total legal costs amid ongoing litigation are presumptively privileged and not disclosable under section 56 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.B.C. 1996. The presumption is rebuttable upon the party requesting the information showing that an assiduous inquirer could not deduce, infer, or otherwise acquire ...