Seven-year delay in disciplinary process constitutes abuse of process

16. November 2018 0
Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – Police Commission – Judicial review – Procedural requirements and fairness – Police – Disciplinary proceedings – Public hearings Diaz-Rodriguez v. British Columbia (Police Complaints Commissioner), [2018] B.C.J. No. 3290, 2018 BCSC 1642, British Columbia Supreme Court, September 27, 2018, J.S. Harvey J. The petitioner, Constable Diaz-Rodriguez, was a member ...

This case involves a detailed consideration of section 7(2) of the Worker’s Compensation Act, which creates a rebuttable presumption whereby an accident occurring in the course of employment is deemed to also “arise out of that same employment” in the absence of evidence to the contrary. The purpose of the section is to attenuate the difficulty in proving that an injury in fact arises out of and in the course of one’s employment. The Commission argued the Tribunal erred in its interpretation and application of this provision. The court ultimately disagreed and engaged in a fairly detailed consideration of the provision.

16. November 2018 0
Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – Workers Compensation Board – Judicial review – Legislative compliance – Appeals – Standard of review – Correctness – Reasonableness – Worker’s compensation – Statutory provisions – In and out of the course of employment New Brunswick (Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission) v. St-Onge, [2018] N.B.J. No. 198, 2018 ...

Does the Human Rights Commission have to provide reasons when dismissing a complaint? When is it appropriate on judicial review for the court to permit evidence that was not before the original decision-maker? These were some of the central questions that were before the Nova Scotia Supreme Court after the applicant filed a complaint against her employer saying that she was constructively dismissed due to a failure to accommodate her disability.

16. November 2018 0
Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – Human Rights Commission – Judicial review – Evidence – Failure to provide reasons – Standard of review – Reasonableness – Human rights complaints – Disability Kelly v. Nova Scotia (Human Rights Commission), [2018] N.S.J. No. 336, 2018 NSSC 173, Nova Scotia Supreme Court, September 11, 2018, J.M. Arnold J. ...

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, ...

The Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, a pro-life advocacy group, was denied advertising space on public buses by the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority for one of its campaigns aimed at demonizing women who have an abortion. It argued that the refusal constituted an unreasonable infringement on its Charter right to freedom of expression. The decision of TransLink was upheld by the chamber’s judge on judicial review, but ultimately overturned by the Court of Appeal, primarily on the basis of its failure to properly address the Charter argument. The Court of Appeal remitted the matter back to TransLink for reconsideration.

16. November 2018 0
Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – Transportation Authority – Human Rights – Charter of Rights and Freedoms – Judicial review – Appeals – Fresh evidence – Standard of review – Reasonableness – Proportionality Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform v. South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority, [2018] B.C.J. No. 3156, 2018 BCCA 344, British Columbia Court ...

Development Cost Charges may apply if the developer receives a direct or indirect benefit from City drainage works

16. October 2018 0
A developer was denied an exemption to the City of Coquitlam’s development cost charges for drainage works because the developer was found to benefit directly and/or indirectly from the drainage works, and it followed that this imposed new capital costs burdens on the City. Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – Municipal boards – Judicial review ...

Regulator’s procedure may vary if member not prejudiced by change

16. October 2018 0
Because there was no procedural unfairness, the Ontario College of Pharmacists (the “College”) was not required to abide by its own procedural guidelines in the circumstances. Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – College of Pharmacists – Abuse of process – Judicial review – Procedural requirements and fairness – Appeals – Pharmacists – Disciplinary proceedings – ...

A reporter requested access to information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. F31 (the “Act”) relating to the top 100 physician billers under the Ontario Health Insurance Program, a breakdown of the physician’s specialties and the amount billed

16. October 2018 0
Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – Privacy Commissioner – Compliance with legislation – Freedom of information and protection of privacy – Disclosure of records – Judicial review – Appeals – Standard of review – Reasonableness Ontario Medical Assn. v. Ontario (Information and Privacy Commissioner), [2018] O.J. No. 4107, 2018 ONCA 673, Ontario Court of Appeal, ...

The appellant, Dr. Hefnawi, was enrolled in the Medical Services Plan (“MSP”). In 2010, he was audited by the Billing Integrity Program (“BIP”). The Medical Services Commission (the “Commission”) sought recovery of funds for fraudulent or mispresented patient billing and gave notice of its intention to cancel the appellants enrolment as a practitioner under the Medicare Protection Act, RSBC 1996, c. 286 (“MPA”).

16. October 2018 0
Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – Ministry of Health Billing Integrity Program – Judicial review – Appeals – Natural Justice – Procedural requirements and fairness – Evidence – Physicians and surgeons – Disciplinary proceedings – Billing matters – Records Hefnawi v Health Care Practitioners Special Committee for Audit Hearings, [2018] B.C.J. No. 2932, 2018 BCSC ...

The Applicant, Dollar General Corporation, successfully applied to the Federal Court to set aside a decision of the Registrar of Trademarks which had expunged its trademark, “DOLLAR GENERAL”. The Registrar had made this decision after an application was made by the Respondent, 2900319 Canada Inc.

18. September 2018 0
Administrative law – Decisions reviewed – Registrar of Trademarks – Judicial review – Standard of review – Unreasonableness – Intellectual property Dollar General Corp. v. 2900319 Canada Inc., [2018] F.C.J. No. 801, 2018 FC 778, Federal Court, July 25, 2018, M.D. Manson J. The Applicant, Dollar General Corporation, is the owner of the trademark, “DOLLAR ...