Stand up for Fundamental Rights

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September 12, 2018

The Honourable Caroline Mulroney

720 Bay Street, 11th Floor

Ministry of the Attorney General

Toronto, Ontario, M7A 2S9


Re: The Use of the Notwithstanding Clause to Override Our Fundamental Rights

Dear Minister Mulroney,

We, the undersigned members of the legal community, are writing this open letter to you because your office is assigned to champion and safeguard the fundamental principles of the rule of law and due process in Ontario, and the rights of the people. We are gravely concerned about Premier Doug Ford’s proposed use of the Notwithstanding Clause to pass Bill 5 and are writing this letter to urge you not to support this unprecedented act.

In City of Toronto v Attorney General of Ontario [2018] ONSC 5151 the Honourable Justice Belobaba ruled that Bill 5, which the province hastily introduced after no consultation and without having committed to doing so in the election, was unconstitutional. Here are some highlights of his decision:

[3] The matter before me is unprecedented. The provincial legislature enacted Bill 5, radically redrawing the City of Toronto’s electoral districts, in the middle of the City’s election.

[5] Bill 5 received first reading on July 30, second reading on August 2, 7 and 8 and Royal Assent on August 14, 2018. Bill 5 took immediate effect in the middle of August, by which point some 509 candidates for the October 22 election had been certified, the candidates were in the midst of their campaigns and the City Clerk's preparations for a 47-ward election were well underway.

[6] The enactment of provincial legislation radically changing the number and size of a city’s electoral districts in the middle of the city’s election is without parallel in Canadian history.

[9] The Province has clearly crossed the line.

[36] Here, as already noted, because Bill 5 took effect in the middle of the City’s election, candidates were not given a reasonable opportunity to present their positions. The enactment and imposition of Bill 5, radically redrawing the electoral districts in the middle of the electoral process undermined the very notion of a “fair and equitable” election.

[50] Here, the Province has statutorily provided for a resident’s right to vote in municipal elections, including the upcoming election in the City of Toronto.34 This right, having been provided, must be provided “in a fashion that is consistent with the Constitution.”

[59] On the basis of the evidence before me, I find that the Impugned Provisions (that impose a 25-ward structure with an average population size of 111,000) infringe the municipal voter’s right under s. 2(b) of the Charter to cast a vote that can result in meaningful and effective representation. Once the Province has provided for a right to vote in a municipal election, that right must comply with the Charter.

[73] The Supreme Court has stated time and again that “preserving the integrity of the election process is a pressing and substantial concern in a free and democratic society.” Passing a law that changes the City’s electoral districts in the middle of its election and undermines the overall fairness of the election is antithetical to the core principles of our democracy.

To summarize, a judge of the Superior Court has found that the province has acted in an unprecedented manner to violate the most fundamental rights of both the candidates in an election and the citizens of Toronto. It has done so with no pressing reason. Surely, absent a higher court finding otherwise, that is the end of the legal issue. The government is beholden to the highest law in the land, which is the constitution. We expect the Attorney General of Ontario to value the role of the judiciary and the important check that the courts have on the impulses of the government.

The Premier has announced that he is going to use the Notwithstanding Clause to override the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We ask that you not support this. No previous government of Ontario has invoked the Notwithstanding Clause. Neither has the federal government ever done so. To use it is to set a very dangerous precedent that will threaten the future rights of all Canadians and jeopardize respect for the rule of law and the protection of minorities in this country. As members of the legal community we expect you to vote against any proposal to use the Notwithstanding Clause.

The Progressive Conservative Party was the one that first introduced a Bill of Rights under John Diefenbaker in 1960. That Bill of Rights guaranteed freedom of expression to Canadians as does the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that followed it. Brian Mulroney who was the Prime Minister shortly after the Charter of Rights and Freedoms was enacted has said that he had no interest in ever using the Notwithstanding Clause. Is the Progressive Conservative Party now abandoning those fundamental values?

Sincerely, the undersigned members of the legal community,

William Hutcheson, Barrister & Solicitor, 672 Dupont Street, Suite 304, Toronto

Heather Hansen, Martha McCarthy & Company, 146 Davenport Road, Toronto

Yuri Chumak, Chumak & Company LLP, 1201 Dundas Street East, Suite 201, Toronto

Patricia Swerhone, Tami L. Waters and Associates, 13 John Street West, Oshawa

Tannis Waugh, Barrister & Solicitor, 672 Dupont Street, Suite 304, Toronto

Christopher Bird, Bird Legal

Elisabeth Bruckmann, Barrister & Solicitor

Mark DeGroot, Barrister & Solicitor, 672 Dupont Street, Suite 304, Toronto

Lorna M. Yates, Barrister & Solicitor

Ines Gotal, Barrister & Solicitor, 2 Jane Street, Suite 504, Toronto

Murray E. Lightman, Barrister and Solicitor

Fred Levitt, Barrister & Solicitor, Suite 1, 16 Four Seasons Place, Toronto

Richard A.S. Levitt, Barrister & Solicitor, Suite 1, 16 Four Seasons Place, Toronto

Ermelinda M. Nogueira, Barrister & Solicitor

Natalia Crow, Barrister & Solicitor, 6060-3080 Yonge Street, Toronto

Samuel Mason, Staff Lawyer, Hamilton Community Legal Clinic

Dave Dhillon, Barrister & Solicitor

Marcia Cannn, Barrister & Solicitor

David Gildiner, Barrister & Solicitor

Jane Martin, Barrister & Solicitor

Jenna Persaud, Barrister & Solicitor

Jennifer Fehr, Barrister & Solicitor

Rebecca Lee Birtwistle, Legal Counsel, Ontario Nurses' Association

Marcia Barry, Barrister & Solicitor

Crystal Stewart, Barrister & Solicitor

Phillip Mendonça, Barrister & Solicitor

Heather Alden, Legal Counsel, Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation

Rosemary Masemann, Barrister & Solicitor

Eugenia Lyon, Lyon Professional Corporation

Christopher J Jaglowitz, Barrister & Solicitor

Pia Hundal, Barrister & Solicitor

Clare McMullen-Crummey, Barrister & Solicitor, Toronto

Sandy Price, retired Barrister & Solicitor

Marnelle Dragila, Barrister & Solicitor

Jillian Rogin, Assistant Professor and Barrister & Solicitor

Tess Sheldon, Assistant Professor

Tami L. Waters, Tami L. Waters and Associates

Lynn Dramnitzki, Barrister & Solicitor

Tamra A. Mann, Barrister

Maya Sabharwal, Barrister & Solicitor

Sheila Crummey, Barrister & Solicitor

Jason Currie, Law Office of Jason Currie

Meaghan Michelle Adams, Meaghan Adams Legal Prof. Corp.

Devan Marr, Associate, Strigberger Brown Armstrong LLP

Michelle L Kelly, Barrister & Solicitor

Minoo Alipour, Barrister & Solicitor

Sandra Lozano, Lawyer, Lozano Law Office

Jessica Wolfe, Policy Counsel

Hilary Cook, Barrister and Solicitor

Katherine MacDonald, Barrister & Solicitor

Dr. Kyle Kirkup, Assistant Professor University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (Common Law Section)

Khalid Elgazzar, Barrister

Chris Johnson, Retired

Danielle Young, Barrister and Solicitor

Wilfred Day, Barrister & Solicitor, Wilfred A. Day

Chris Johnson, Retired

Jennifer Ryan, Barrister & Solicitor

Haley Gaber-Katz, Glass and Associates

Linh Le, Barrister & Solicitor

Erica Tait, Lawyer

Marcelle M. Cerny Barrister & Solicitor

Elizabeth Urban, Urban Family Law

Lorna Wilson

Adam Pearce, Paralegal

Francesco Alfano, Paralegal & Law Student

Annette Demers, Law Librarian

Leslie Anderson, Barrister & Solicitor

Karen Ksienski-Izatt, Legal Counsel

Clio Godkewitsch, Barrister & Solicitor

Linda C. Henry, Barrister & Solicitor

Stephanie Pope, Lawyer

Christina Caldarelli, Barrister & Solicitor

Morgan Sim, Associate Lawyer

Daron Earthy, Barrister and Solicitor

Gemma Smyth, Professor, Windsor Law

Christopher Waters, Professor, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law

Charlotte Murray, Lawyer

Michelle Folliott, In-House Counsel

Cenobar Parker, Lawyer, Parker Law

Christopher King, Tenant Representative, 250 Davenport Rd, Toronto Community Housing

Eva Melamed, Barrister & Solicitor

Jane Martin, Lawyer, Law Society of Ontario

Michele Allinotte, Barrister & Solicitor, Allinotte Law Office Professional Corporation

Wenda Yenson, Barrister & Solicitor

Charles Hatt, Lawyer, Ecojustice

J Paul Mills QC, Partner

Tara Vasdani, Barrister & Solicitor

Julia Croome, Barrister & Solicitor

Llana Nakonechny, Barrister, Dickson Appell*

Julie Berridge, Barrister & Solicitor, Berridge Law

Joshua Ginsberg, Barrister & Solicitor

Meredith Amin, Barrister & Solicitor

Heather Keachie, Barrister & Solicitor

Peter Smiley, Barrister and Solicitor

Brandy A. Dowdall, Barrister & Solicitor

Laura Bowman, Lawyer, Ecojustice

Jacqueline Esler

Shalom Schachter, Retired, Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition

Benjamin Hognestad, Barrister and Solicitor

Marcus McCann, Barrister & Solicitor, Symes Street & Millard

Patricia N. Gordon, Barrister and Solicitor

Sarah L. Boyd, Barrister & Solicitor, Jackman, Nazami & Associates

Barbara Jackman, Barrister & Solicitor, Jackman Nazami & Associates

Peter Bird, Lawyer

Meghan Wilson, Barrister and Solicitor

Holly Watson, Lawyer, Holly Watson Barrister and Solicitor

Cheryl L. Appell, Barrister and Solicitor, Dickson Appell

Cynthia Wilkey, Barrister & Solicitor, LSO (Retired)

David Shellnutt, Barrister & Solicitor

Sylvia Schumacher, lawyer

Kaitlyn Mitchell, Barrister and Solicitor, Ecojustice

Areta Lloyd, Barrister & Solicitor

Bruce D. Woodrow, lawyer, CoopLaw

Rachel Healey, Lawyer

Razmeen Joya, Barrister and Solicitor, Jackman and Associates

Luba Szkambara, Lawyer

Ashley Waye, Lawyer, Wayne Law

Evan Szczucinski, Barrister & Solicitor

Nabila F. Qureshi, Lawyer, Income Security Advocacy Centre

Robert Ruddock, Law Student, Queen's University

Bronwyn Roe, Lawyer, Ecojustice

Randy Slepchik, Lawyer, Jewitt McLuckie & Associates LLP

Jeffrey McLaughlin, Barrister & Solicitor, McLaughlin & Chin Professional Corporation

Andrew Elias, Lawyer

Allison Rhoades, Barrister and Solicitor

Lisa Amin, Barrister and Solicitor

Allan Kaplan, Barrister & Solicitor, Kaplan & Associates

Dyanoosh Youssefi, Lawyer, Legal Studies Professor

Betty Mary Campbell-Alldis, Paralegal

Rebecca Glass, Lawyer

Gillian Hayes, Lawyer

Hue Nguyen, Lawyer, Nobis Law

Emily Hill, Barrister and Solicitor

Cheryl Gaster, LL.B., C. Med

Gavin H Leitch, Barrister & Solicitor, Scheifele, Erskine & Renken

Sandra Ka Hon, Chu

Sheru Abdulhusein, Barrister & Solicitor

Albert Wallrap, Barrister & Solicitor

Geraldine Sadoway, Barrister and Solicitor and Professor of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School

Howard F Morton, Barrister, Howard F Morton Q.C.

Knia Singh, J.D. Lawyer, Ma'at Legal Services

Mary Louise Dickson, Q.C., Lawyer, Dickson Appell

Nana Yanful, Barrister & Solicitor

Angelo G. Sciacca, Lawyer

Regan Desjardins, LLP

Delaney Greig, Lawyer

Pamela Vlasic, Lawyer, Desjardins General Insurance

Peter Kott, Barrister & Solicitor

Irina Ceric, Lawyer

Paul Copeland, Lawyer, Retired

Jennifer O'Dell, Associate Lawyer

Cheryl Lau, Barrister & Solicitor

Jennifer Krob, Family Law Lawyer

Danny Kastner, Kastner Law

Gosia Bawolska, Cadence Litigation

Maia Bent, Barrister and Solicitor, Lerners, LLP

Esther Lexchin, Barrister & Solicitor, Jared Will and Associates

Charlotte Ireland, Paralegal

Craig Bottomley, Barrister, Bottomley Barristers

Judith Killoran, Barrister & Solicitor

Philip M Epstein Q.C., Sr Partner Epstein Cole LLP

Adrienne Telford, Lawyer, Cavalluzzo LLP

Graciela Flores, Student-At-Law

Patrick Enright, Student-at-Law, Cavalluzzo LLP

John McKinnon, Lawyer

Aruna Dahanayake, Lawyer

Victoria Craig, Barrister & Solicitor

Jackie Esmonde, lawyer

Kimberly Potter, Barrister and Solicitor

Pippa Feinstein, Lawyer and Mediator

Fatima Husain, Legal Counsel

Rachel Buhler, Legal Counsel

Michael McDonough, Student-At-Law

Sheila Gibb, Lawyer, Epstein Cole LLP

Chris Rudnicki, Partner, Rusonik, O’Connor, Robbins, Ross, Gorham & Angelini, LLP

John Liss, lawyer

Hilary C. Ingle, Barrister & Solicitor

Andrea Turner, Senior Director, Business and Legal Affairs

Denise Ashby, Lawyer

Trudy McCormick, Barrister and Solicitor, Northwest Community Legal Clinic

Christopher De Giorgio, Criminal Defence Lawyer, Sole Practitioner

James L. Miglin, Criminal Defence Lawyer

Douglas W. Judson, Barrister & Solicitor

Melissa McKay, Barrister and Solicitor, Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

Cameron C. C. Bryant, Barrister and Solicitor, Cirrus Consulting Group

Darcel Bullen, Barrister & Solicitor

Maddalena Fuller, Lawyer

Kristy Warren, Lawyer

Katherine Ramsey, Barrister & Solicitor

Cheryl Robinson, Barrister & Solicitor

Jesse Isaac Gutman, Lawyer

Kenneth Ng, Barrister & Solicitor

Maija Martin, Barrister

Pauline Lefebvre Hinton, Lawyer, Ontario Nurse Association

Richard Elliott, Executive Director, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

Emma Landy, Lawyer

Kristin Whitley, Lawyer

Elizabeth Nurse, Barrister & Solicitor

Richard Diamond, Barrister and solicitor

Emily Springgay, Student

Brian Snell, Barrister and Solicitor

Nicole Butt, Lawyer, Ontario Nurses’ Association

Ron Franklin, Lawyer, Franklin Law

Suzanne L. Cross, Barrister & Solicitor

Robert Dobrucki, Lawyer

Cindy M. Ebben, Lawyer

David Seevaratnam, Lawyer Editor

Marian Hebb, Barrister & Solicitor, Hebb & Sheffer

Paul D. Ocheje, Law Professor, Barrister & Solicitor, University of Windsor

Travis Brown, Law Student

Darren Lund, Barrister & Solicitor

Wendela Roberts, Barrister and Solicitor (retired)

Elena Iosef, Legal Counsel and member of the Law Society of Ontario

Miriam (Mia) London, Barrister & Solicitor, Ontario Nurses' Association

Fiona McNestry, Lawyer, Greenwood Defence Law

Seema Jain, Lawyer

Mandy Ng, Lawyer

Donna Tiqui-Shebib, Barrister & Solicitor

Jonathan Robart, Staff Lawyer, Neighborhood Legal Services

Britt Gunn, Lawyer

Jennifer Egsgard, Lawyer and Mediator

Luke Mc Rae, Barrister and Solicitor

Elena Iosef, Barrister and Solicitor

Lidiya Yermakova, Lawyer

Devon Paul, Barrister & Solicitor

Otto R. Siebenmann, Lawyer, Hebb & Sheffer

Renee Griffin, Barrister and Solicitor

Alysha Shore, Lawyer

Amrita Sidhu, Director

Tycho Manson, Lawyer

Erin Durant, Barrister and Solicitor

Jasmine Attfield, Barrister & Solicitor

Kate Webster, Barrister and Solicitor

Mona Staples, Barrister and solicitor

Catherine G. Uffen MA JD, Barrister & Solicitor

Katrina Gower, Barrister & Solicitor

Shayna Beeksma, Principal, Beeksma Law

Sylvia Basso, Student-at-Law

Leigh-Ann Ronen, Legal Counsel

Tammy Law, Barrister and Solicitor

Chelsea Peterdy, Barrister and Solicitor

Juliana Saxberg, Barrister & Solicitor, Senior Officer CUPE

Margarit Jo, Student-At-Law, Legal Aid Ontario

Heather Leonard, Legal Nurse Consultant, LNCS

Linda Lee, Editor

Christien Levien, Lawyer

Marc Ouimet-McPherson, Lawyer

Sarah Lesniewski, Barrister & Solicitor

Mae J. Nam, Lawyer

Ronak Shah, Barrister & Solicitor

Anna Rosenbluth, Lawyer

Amanda Pask, Lawyer

Jessica Mahabir, Lawyer

Lwam Ghebrehariat, Resident Physician, non practising lawyer

Sharmin Rahman, Barrister & Solicitor, Sole Practitioner

Patricia D'Heureux, Barrister & Solicitor

Claudia Vicencio, Litigator, Ontario Nurses' Association

Agnes Wintersinger, Paralegal

Rahim Jamal, Lawyer

Ian Geoffrey Mason, Articling Student, Courtney Hughes Professional Corporation

Susan Woolner, Barrister and Solicitor

Sean FitzPatrick, Lawyer, Cavalluzzo LLP

Jessica Page Filgiano, Barrister & Solicitor

Lori Harreman, Litigating Labour Relations Officer, Ontario Nurses Association

Jaspreet Gill, Legal Counsel

Andrew Chong, Barrister & Solicitor

Brydie Bethell, Barrister & Solicitor

Tom Caldwell, Thomas Henry Legal

Kayla Theeuwen, Associate, WeirFoulds LLP

Gavin Magrath, Barrister + Solicitor, Magrath's International Legal Counsel

Teresa Chan, Health and Safety Professional

Bianca Bell, Lawyer

Erin Epp, Lawyer

Jason N. Huang, Barrister & Solicitor, Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP

Leandra Louis, Paralegal

Andrea Wobick, Lawyer

Joshua Phillips, Lawyer, Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP

Daniel Bach, Partner, Siskinds

Katy O'Rourke, Lawyer

Michaelin Scott, Lawyer

Susan Ursel, Senior Partner, Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP

R.J. Seelen, Student-at-Law

Simon Blackstone, Lawyer, Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson

Alex Colangelo, Professor, Humber College

Adrienne Liang, Legal Counsel, OPSEU

Erin Garbett, Lawyer

Danielle Bisnar, Barrister & Solicitor

Patti Shedden, Barrister and Solicitor

Pascale Chapdelaine, Associate Professor, member of Law Society of Ontario, University of Windsor

Heather Marshall, Barrister and Solicitor

Christopher Perri, Lawyer, Cavalluzzo LLP

Emily Frances Christine Elder, Lawyer, Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP

Ian Trimble, Lawyer

Noelle Dykman, Legal Counsel

David Meirovici, Barrister and Solicitor

Rosemary Brett-Horn, Paralegal

Kendra Swallow, Lawyer

Shaheen Hirani, Barrister and Solicitor

Michael Joseph Cormier, Barrister and Solicitor, Private Practice

Mikhail Golichenko, Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

Niiti Simmonds, Lawyer

Jennifer Thompson, Lawyer

Ashley Schuitema, Lawyer

Adrienne Lei, Lawyer, Dewart Gleason LLP

Karen Steward, Staff Litigation Lawyer, Advocacy Centre for the Elderly

Lindsay Beck, Lawyer, Dewart Gleason LLP

Caroline Ursulak, Barrister & Solicitor

Catherine Allen, Barrister & Solicitor, Teplitsky, Colson LLP

Lindsay Stidwill, lawyer

Priyanka Vittal, Lawyer, Greenpeace Canada

Stephanie Giannandrea, Lawyer, Martha McCarthy & Company LLP

Robert Champagne, Barrister & Solicitor

Lynn Iding, Barrister and Solicitor

Renatta Austin, Lawyer, Eglinton West Law Office

Jacqueline Wilson, Lawyer

Judith M. Nicoll, Partner, McInnis & Nicoll

Kristin Marshall , Lawyer mentor, Toronto east immigration legal services

Monica Poremba, Barrister and Solicitor

Tori-Lee K. Jenkins, Barrister & Solicitor

Mallory Laurie, Barrister & Solicitor

Gordon Lee, Lawyer

Cornelia Mazgarean, Lawyer

Jonas Granofsky, Associate Lawyer

Bill Conklin, Professor, Windsor Law

Pooja Lasi, Lawyer

Jenelle Westworth, Lawyer

Julian Heller, Senior Partner, Julian Heller and Associates

Mike Perry, Barrister & Soliticor

Alan Levy, Assoc. Professor, Brandon University

Priscilla Healy, Lawyer

Heather Crisp, barrister and solicitor (retired)

Jason A. Schmidt, Schmidt Law Legal Services

Elliot Smith, Barrister and Solicitor

Laura Johnson, Barrister and Solicitor

Benjamin Ries, Staff Lawyer, Downtown Legal Services

Shin Imai, Professor Emeritus, Osgoode Hall, York U

Cathy Pike, Lawyer, Retired

Christopher Jackson, Senior Law Clerk

Lisa Cirillo, Lawyer

Darlene Tonelli, Founder, Inter Alia Law

Robert Mansell, Barrister & Solicitor, LSO (retired)

Gurjiwan Singh Brar, Barrister & Solicitor

Camille Sherman, Professor

Robin Lostracco, Barrister and Solicitor

Ronald C. E. Dabor, Barrister

Scott E. Bernstein, Barrister and Solicitor

Joanna Goldenberg, Barrister & Solicitor

Paul Copeland C. M., Lawyer, Life Bencher Law Society of Ontario

Raji Mangat, Barrister & Solicitor

Celine Wlasichuk, Law Student

Karen O'Connor Coulter, Barrister & Solicitor

Laura Bradbury, retired Barrister & Solicitor

Pamela Cross, Lawyer

Phyllis Gordon, Barrister and Solicitor, retired

Howard F Morton Q.C., Barrister

Elizabeth Mitchell, Lawyer (Retired)

Joanna Birenbaum , Lawyer

Carolyn Cornford Greaves , Lawyer

Andrea Russell, Lawyer

Dean Ardron, Lawyer, Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson

Judith Keene, Lawyer, Retired

Harmanjit Mavi, Barrister and Solicitor

Katie Rowen, Lawyer, Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP

Samer Muscati, Lawyer

Adam Webb, Lawyer, Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP

James Craig , Lawyer

Dena Smith-Springer , Barrister & Solicitor

Stefanie Rudd, Lawyer, Third Street Law

Anthony F Dale, Lawyer and Legal Department Director, Unifor

Alan Barthel, Professor , Retired

Roman Stoykewych, Barrister & Solicitor

Niki Lundquist, Lawyer, Unifor

Mandeep Rai , Paralegal/ Student at Law, Osgoode Hall Law School

Judith McCormack, Retired lawyer, assistant law dean, adjunct professor

Barry Wadsworth, Lawyer

Nella Cotrupi, Professor, Business Law

Brian Gottheil, Lawyer & HR Advisor

S. Ronald Ellis, Q.C., Retired Barrister and Solicitor

John B. Lang, Lawyer

Lindsay Kantor, Lawyer

Wendy E. Sangster, Retired

Jean Marie Vecina, Lawyer, Vecina Law Professional Corporation

William Parks Randle, Retired lawyer

Hadayt Nazami, Lawyer

Solomon Orjiwuru, Barrister & Solicitor, Solomon Orjiwuru Law Office

Kathleen Martin, Barrister & Solicitor

TIMOTHY LEACH, Barrister & Solicitor

Janet MM McDougall, Retired Barrister and Solicitor

David N. Fai, Barrister & Solicitor

Howard Eisenberg, Barrister & Solicitor, Certified Specialist, Eisenberg & Young LLP

Thomas Wilson, Lawyer

Doug Ewart, Ontario Crown Law Officer, 1976-2011

Stanley Pasternak, Lawyer

Linda Pasternak, Professor

Morgan Sim, Lawyer, Pinto James LLP

Jessica Norman, Barrister and Solicitor

Kyleen Wong, Law Student, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia

Tara McElroy, Barrister & Solicitor

Laura Setzer, Barrister and Solicitor

Oluwakemi Oduwole, Barrister and Solicitor, Topmarke Attorneys LLP

Karen Ensslen, Lawyer

John Durfey, Lawyer

Daniel M. Fine, Lawyer

Murray Teitel, Barrister

Max Berger , Lawyer

Dijana Simonovic, Lawyer, Unifor

Shauna Powell, Lawyer

Paul E McInnis, Partner, McInnis + Nicoll

Willa Marcus, Barrister & Solicitor

Dylan Williams, Law Student

Caitlin Shane, Lawyer, Pivot Legal Society

Arleen Huggins, Barrister and Solicitor

Karina Thompson, Barrister and Solicitor

Daniel Radin, Barrister & Solicitor, Radin Law LLP

Farah Baloo, Lawyer

Jack C. Martin, Barrister and Solicitor

Dina Graser, Lawyer

Melanie Shulman, Professor, Humber College

Robert Ledgley, Lawyer

W. Fred McCague, Retired lawyer

Naomi Moses, Barrister and Solicitor

Martha Jackman, Professor, Faculty of Law

Amy Voss, Associate

Jennifer Stebbing, Lawyer, Ross & McBride LLP

Claire Mummé, Associate Professor, University of Windsor Faculty of Law

Douglas Lehrer, Lawyer

Alec Farquhar, Lawyer

Mei Chen, Legal counsel

Jennifer Danch, Barrister & Solicitor

David Paterson, Barrister & Solicitor

Jennifer Goodfellow, Barrister & Solicitor

Jeffrey Hernaez, Lawyer

Gavin Leeb, CUPE National Director, Legal Branch

Alison Symington, Program Manager, Pro Bono Students Canada

John Zane Swaigen, Lawyer, retired

Mr. Hilary Evans Cameron, Postdoctoral Fellow, Osgoode Hall Law School

Stephen R. Biss, Barrister & Solicitor

Murray Shore, Barrister and Solicitor

Julie Wong Barker, Lawyer

Donald Chiasson, Lawyer, Former Director Crown Law Office Civil, Ministry of the Attorney General, Ontario

Melissa McWilliam, Counsel, Law Society of Ontario

Emily Stopps, Barrister & Solicitor

Andrea Luey, Litigation Lawyer, Justice for Children and Youth

Kelly Doctor, Partner, Goldblatt Partners LLP

Paul Dollak, Lawyer, DollakLaw

Jon Bradford, Law student

Howard Knopf, Counsel, Macera & Jarzyna LLP

Meg Atkinson, Lawyer

Debi Sutin, Barrister & Solicitor

John Abrams, Lawyer, John Abrams Law Office

Michael Burgess, Barrister & Solicitor

Soloman Lam, Barrister and Solicitor

David J. Siksay, Barrister and Solicitor

Garrett Zehr, Barrister & Solicitor

Ryan Peck, HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario

Fiona C Jarvis, Lawyer

Paul Pellettier, Retired

Susan Rowland, Barrister & Solicitor (retired)

Winnie Yuen Man Szeto, Barrister & Solicitor

Alanna Mihalj, Lawyer

William Edmund Mugford, Retired Lawyer

Julie Wong Barker, Senior Legal Counsel

Immanuel F. Lanzaderas, Legal Officer

Michael Melling, Barrister

Kerrie Blaise, Legal Counsel, Canadian Environmental Law Association

Ms. Sam Pratt, retired lawyer, Bracebridge


Richard Lindgren, Lawyer, Canadian Environmental Law Association

Douglas Palmateer, Retired Lawyer

Tim Hughes, Lawyer

Morten Siersbaek, Legal Counsel, Canadian Environmental Law Association

Anna Lindgren-Tanga, Law Student, McGill University

Celeste Shankland, Barrister & Solicitor

Alexis Gosselin, Lawyer

Robert Lattanzio, Executive Director, ARCH Disability Law Centre

Annamaria Enenajor, Partner, Ruby Shiller Enenajor DiGiuseppe, Barristers

Kimberley Munro, Lawyer, Lerners LLP

Nadia Kadri, Lawyer, Julius Mlynarski, Barrister and Solictor

Lila Refaie, Lawyer

James Hoffner, Barrister & Solicitor

Jo-Anne Marie Boulding, Executive Director/ Barrister & Solicitor, Lake Country Community Legal Clinic

Kyle Gossen, Lawyer, Davies Howe LLP

Virginia Loescher, Staff Lawyer, Scarborough Community Legal Services

Kathleen Cooper, Paralegal,

Johanna Dennie, Barrister and Solicitor

Pierre-André Thériault, Lawyer

Douglas Rienzo, Partner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Nora Parker, Law Student, Osgoode Hall Law School

Chantal Tie, Counsel, Human Rights Legal Support Centre

Saranjit Singh Cheema, Legal Counsel

Luke Reid, Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre

Zachary Silverberg, Barrister & Solicitor

Beatrice Yu, Barrister & Solicitor

Dermot P. Nolan, Lawyer, Nolan Ciarlo LLP

Shannon Black, Barrister & Solicitor

David Stein, Lawyer

Maureen Addie, Barrister & Solicitor

Mireille Giroux, Lawyer

Amy Tang, Lawyer

Paul Bain, Lawyer

Stephanie DiGiuseppe, Barrister and Solicitor, Ruby, Shiller, Enenajor, DiGiuseppe

Teza Lwin, Lawyer

Caitlin Maxwell, Barrister & Solicitor

Martha Shaffer, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

Shalome Barrow, Lawyer, WeirFoulds LLP

James G Kosa, Partner, WeirFoulds LLP

Daniel J. Brodsky, Criminal Defence Lawyer

Marshall Swadron, Lawyer, Swadron Associates

Sierra Bilyk, Barrister & Solicitor

Nicole Chrolavicius, Lawyer

Kate Stephens, Barrister & Solicitor

Warren Cass, Associate, WeirFoulds LLP

Lisa Leinveer, Lawyer, Swadron Associates

Stephanie Hobbs, Partner, Goldblatt Partners LLP

Amedeo Clivio, Barrister and Solicitor, Clivio Law Professional Corporation

Christian Francis Joseph Laliberté, Legal Counsel

Franco Ciarlo, Lawyer, Nolan Ciarlo LLP

Chetan Muram, Lawyer

Cynthia Fromstein, Lawyer

Milka Vujnovic, Lawyer / Mediator

Heather Conklin, Barrister & Solicitor

Joanna Weiss, Lawyer, Swadron Associates

John W. Foster, Sessional Lecturer, Dept. of Justice Studies

Tracey Cronin, Lawyer

Jamie Kopman, Sole Practitioner

Jamie Kopman Barrister & Solicitor

Sheau Lih Vong, Barrister & Solicitor

Robert Eberschlag, Barrister & Solicitor

Rui Chen, Lawyer

Naomi Greckol-Herlich, Lawyer, Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP

Melissa Grover, lawyer, Arkin Estate Law

Julia Tremain, Barrister and Solicitor

Roderic McLauchlan, Barrister & solicitor

Kent Elson, Barrister & Solicitor, Elson Advocacy

Julia Brown, Lawyer, Advocacy Centre for the Elderly

Mandy Wojcik, Partner, Goldblatt Partners LLP

Louis Sokolov, Partner, Sotos LLP

Andrea Sobko, Lawyer, Ontario Nurses' Association

Joshua W Spicer, Barrister & Solicitor

Douglas G Loucks, Counsel

Kerr Waid PC


Katherine Christie, Retired Ontario lawyer

Jennifer Savini, Lawyer

Sean Mitra, Barrister & Solicitor, Miller Thomson LLP

Alison Manzer, Partner

Lawrence Cohen, lawyer, Cohen & Chasse

Lauren Bernardi, Lawyer

Robert Bell, Barrister & Solicitor

Bella (Bayla) Martin, Chief Legal Officer, University Health Network

Robin Nobleman, Barrister & Solicitor

Maryellen Symons, Research Lawyer, Symons Law

Wendy Templeton, Lawyer, LLF Lawyers

Grace Westcott, Barrister and Solicitor, Westcott Law

Cathy Braker, Lawyer, United Steelworkers

Rosemarie Cochrane, Retired lawyer

William M. Sharpe, Barrister & Solicitor , ROUTE Transport & Trade Law

Jeffrey E. Canto-Thaler, Principal, Canto Thaler, Barristers and Solicitors, Employment Law, Mediation

Shaun Doody, Partner, Fogler, Rubinoff LLP

Sonia Pylyshyn, Lawyer/labour relations officer, The Society of United Professionals

Michael Stahr, Barrister & Solicitor, Baulke Stahr McNabb LLP

Edgar-Andre Montigny, Lawyer, MONTIGNY LAW

Lisa Rifka Gitle Winter-Card, Barrister and Solicitor

David Lam, Barrister & Solicitor, David Lam Law Office

Maureen Silcoff, Barrister & Solicitor

Susan Keenan, In House Counsel

Mitchell Leitman, Solicitor

Anum Malik , Lawyer

R. Avery Zeidman, Senior Counsel, Zeidman Law Offices

Jade Wallace, Paralegal

Lorin MacDonald, Principal, MacDonald Human Rights Law Practice

Jane Meadus, Staff Lawyer, Advocacy Centre for the Elderly

Gillian Reiss, Barrister & Solicitor

Tracie Allan, Assistant Vice-President & Senior Counsel

David Connally, Barrister

Margaret Campbell, Lawyer

Joey Cheung, Legal Counsel

Barbora Grochalova, Lawyer

Michael K. Feldman, Lawyer

Tanya De Mello, Human Rights Lawyer

Alan D. Levy, Mediator

Glen Chochla Lawyer/Avocat

Carol Burbank, Lawyer

Virginia A Nelder, Barrister & Solicitor

Andrew Hwang, Barrister and Solicitor

Timothy Lutes, Staff Lawyer, Legal Aid Ontario

Fay Faraday, Lawyer, Faraday Law

Kartiga Thavaraj, Lawyer

Fay Brunning, Lawyer, Fay Brunning Professional Corp

Gregory F Stewart, Barrister & Solicitor

Lily Harmer, Lawyer

Jennifer Macko, Barrister & Solicitor

Benjamin Rubin, Barrister & Solicitor

Denise Marshall, Barrister and Solicitor

Jennifer Stone, Barrister & Solicitor, Neighbourhood Legal Services

Daniel Tucker-Simmons, Lawyer & Partner, Avant Law, LLP

J. Robert Kellermann, Barrister and solicitor

Shelley Rowe, Lawyer

Simon Gooding-Townsend, Barrister and Solicitor

Edward Nolan, Lawyer, Nolan, Ciarlo LLP

Jonathan Glenn Betteridge, Barrister & Solicitor

Bruce Karten, Lawyer, retired

Anastasia Lintner, Principal, Lintner Law

Ada Keon, Associate, WeirFoulds

Katrina Pacey, Lawyer

Paul D. Watson, Lawyer, Paul D Watson Law Office

Mary Brennan, Barrister and Solicitor

Melody MacDonell, Barrister & Solicitor

Rasmussen, Starr, Ruddy LLP

Joan, Brennan, Lawyer

Julie Lee, Barrister & Solicitor

Shibil Siddiqi, Barrister & Solicitor

Michael A. Pare, Retired Lawyer

BARBARA HOOVER, Barrister & Solicitor

Carol Street, Lawyer, Symes Street & Millard

Paula Quig, Lawyer

Assunta Mazzotta, Barrister & Solicitor , Heifetz Crozier Law

Alixandra Nenniger, Counsel, MAG , Ministry of the attorney general

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