This case considers when an application for judicial review will be moot and, if so, when the court will nonetheless exercise its residual discretion to hear the issue. The context was a complaint made with respect to the conduct of a parenting coordinator, mediator and arbitrator appointed under the Ontario Family Law Act to act as an arbitrator in a family law dispute.

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Administrative law – Judicial review – Mootness Cuhaci v. Ontario College of Social Workers, [2019] O.J. No 1383, 2019 ONSC 1801, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, March 20, 2019, A. Mullins, F.L. Myers and L.G. Favreau JJ. When is an issue raised on an application for judicial review moot? Even if moot, in what circumstances ...

The court considered the application of the so-called “Kienapple principle” – the principle that a person cannot be punished twice for the same offence. The context of the decision was a Hearing Officer’s disciplinary decision relating to the applicant police officer and the penalty for his misconduct.

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Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – Police Commission – Professional governance and discipline – Judicial review – Standard of review – Reasonableness – Police – Disciplinary proceedings – Professional misconduct / conduct unbecoming Durham (Regional) Police Service v. Sowa, [2019] O.J. No. 1555, 2019 ONSC 1902, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, March 28, 2019, H.E. Sachs, J.A. ...

The Registrar appealed a decision of the Ontario Licence Appeal Tribunal, which directed it not to suspend the liquor licence of an establishment. In making its decision, the court concluded that a liquor establishment, under section 45 of the applicable regulation, did not have an obligation to ensure that patrons arrive home safely or to ensure that they safely depart their premises.

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Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – License Appeal Tribunal – Compliance with legislation – Judicial review – Appeals – Standard of review – Reasonableness Ontario (Registrar, Alcohol, Gaming and Racing) v. 1146587 Ontario Ltd. (c.o.b. The Royal Oak), [2019] O.J. No. 1336, 2019 ONSC 1469, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, March 18, 2019, K.E. Swinton, G.M. ...

If an appellant files an application for leave to appeal within the prescribed timelines and leave is not required, the merits of the claim must not affect the judge’s decision to convert the notice of application for leave to appeal to a notice of appeal

Administrative law – Judicial review – Appeals – Discretion of delegated authority Gonzalez v. British Columbia (Attorney General), [2019] B.C.J. No. 339, 2019 BCCA 88, British Columbia Court of Appeal, March 8, 2019, Sanders, Bennett and Willcock JJ.A. The appellant Gonzalez filed an application for review of a Court of Appeal chambers order. In 2014, ...

The Court quashed an Information and Privacy Commissioner adjudicator’s decision that the College of Physicians and Surgeons was required to produce information related to a quality assurance program at the subject physician’s request

Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – Privacy Commissioner – Freedom of information and protection of privacy – Disclosure of records – Public interest – Judicial review – Compliance with legislation – Standard of review – Reasonableness – Physicians and surgeons British Columbia (College of Physicians and Surgeons) v. British Columbia (Information and Privacy Commissioner), [2019] B.C.J. No. ...

A professional regulatory body erred in its application of the law when assessing whether collateral police evidence was admissible

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Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – College of Veterinarians – Judicial review – Appeals – Evidence – admissibility – Standard of review – Correctness – Veterinarians – Disciplinary proceedings College of Veterinarians of Ontario v. Choong, [2019] O.J. No. 837, 2019 ONSC 946, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, February 20, 2019, G.B. Morawetz R.S.J., C.J. Horkins ...

A tribunal reasonably declined an adjournment and reasonably proceeded with one hearing on liability and penalty

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Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – University Appeal Board – Adjournment of hearing – Judicial review – Appeals – Procedural requirements and fairness – Standard of review – Reasonableness-  Universities – Student discipline Spence v. University of Toronto, [2019] O.J. No. 877, 2019 ONSC 1085, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, February 21, 2019, K.E. Swinton, ...

The Appellant, Mr. Lam, successfully appealed a summary judgment decision made by a motion judge. The motion judge had dismissed his action for damages against the Respondent, University of Western Ontario Board of Governors.

Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – University Appeal Board – Discretion of delegated authority – Judicial review – Appeals – Standard of review – Correctness – Universities – Damages Lam v. University of Western Ontario Board of Governors, [2019] O.J. No. 611, 2019 ONCA 82, Ontario Court of Appeal, February 6, 2019, G.R. Strathy C.J.O., P.D. Lauwers and ...

The individual applicants were unsuccessful in attempting to quash the decision of the Ontario Government (the Minister of Children, Community, and Social Services). The Minister had decided to cancel a pilot program offering basic income to individuals in Ontario. The Court held the Minister’s decision was a policy and funding decision and could not be quashed by the Court.

Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – Minister of Children Community and Social Services – Government – Funding of programs Bowman v. Ontario (Minister of Children, Community and Social Services), [2019] O.J. No. 746, 2019 ONSC 1064, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, February 14, 2019, J.A. Thorburn, R.B. Reid and F.L. Myers JJ. The Respondent, Government ...

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 ...