What Is Administrative Law?

I am quite frequently asked this question. Administrative law is the body of law that governs administrative agencies. Administrative agencies are involved in virtually every aspect of our lives.  Examples include agencies that regulate food and drug products, securities commissions, local building and development and zoning agencies, liquor control boards, self-governing professional bodies, privacy commissioners, employment insurance, human rights tribunals and workers’ compensation boards. Administrative agencies relieve the burden on our courts.  At least in theory, they may also provide
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R v. Sidhu: Was he Asleep?

“Driver in Humboldt crash wasn’t distracted at time of collision with bus, document says” read the headline. It reminds me of a joke my mother, a Saskatchewan resident, tells:   “A small car and a semi collided. The driver of the semi said, ‘It wasn’t my fault.’,   The driver of the car………. had no comment.”   Therein lies the crux of it.  Those involved in semi collisions are invariably unable to communicate their side of the story. In R. v. Sidhu,
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Public Transit Safety

In Ottawa about two weeks ago, a double decker public transit bus crashed into a bus shelter. Three people died and 23 others were injured. As this news broke, I couldn’t help but think of the TTC, the Toronto Transit Corporation, just a few hours’ drive away. Within the last eight or nine years, the TTC has been conducting drug and alcohol testing on its employees in certain circumstances. So far, the TTC has been largely successful in defending its
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Federal Employment Law Changes

Federal employment law changes are pending for later in 2019. Well, at least possibly. This of course assumes that the writ for the next federal election is not dropped before the changes become effective. The changes are part of federal Bill C-86, which received royal assent on December 13, 2018.  This Bill contains a number of changes, including far-reaching changes to the Canada Labour Code, the Employment Insurance Act, and federal pay equity legislation. The changes will apply to federally
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Action, Following Broncos’ Deaths

Many Canadians, myself included, have friends or family members who have died, or been seriously injured, in highway collisions with semis. Yesterday morning, in a provincial court in my home province of Saskatchewan, the driver of the semi that collided with the Humboldt Broncos’ team bus pled guilty to 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm. It was reported that the driver had no alcohol in his system and was not
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Ringing in the New Year, with Random Drug and Alcohol Testing

Random drug and alcohol testing. The union fought it, vigorously, for years. The squabble had Suncor and the union in and out of court a number of times, over the course of several years. Then, late last month, an important agreement was announced. Suncor and the union (Unifor local 707A) at its oil sands operations have agreed that Suncor will implement random drug and alcohol testing for all safety-sensitive positions in the municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alberta, beginning in the
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