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In Unjust by Design, I (Ellis) expressed the hope that the book would provoke a serious discussion not only about the book but about the structures and quality of the administrative justice system generally and I invited readers to an interactive  discussion at – this is that website. You are in the site, and I hope that you will decide to join in the conversation.

Structuring the conversation

On this blog, the conversations will be structured in the form of postings, comments on postings and comments on those comments.  At the outset, posted “articles” will be written mainly by me and will at first be designed to focus the discussion principally on the issues presented in the book.

Invitation to Post Articles

However, I invite anyone who would like to initiate a discussion on an issue in the book, or on a different issue by writing a new post, to send me a message through the contact page (anonymously if you want – see below) identifying the issue and your views on it, and I will convert those messages into new posts on this blog. with or without attribution.

Alternatively, you might just send me an email message at my personal email address.

You will find that my first postings here are in the category of Unjust by Design Postscripts  – things that in an ideal world should have been in the book but for lack of space or mere inattention, were not.

The first post in the latter category explains who the late Nick McCombie was and why I dedicated the book to him; the second is about Peter Showler’s great book, Refugee Sandwich, which I should have mentioned in the book, but didn’t, and the third is an explanation for my talking in the book about a Canadian Administrative Justice system as if there were only one.

Participating Anonymously

In the book, I promised that to facilitate a free and frank discussion the website would be structured to allow participants to participate anonymously.  For those of you interested in participating anonymously go to the commenting anonymously page.

What’s Happening?   Sharing the information

I am hopeful that this website might serve as something of a clearing house for information that pertains to the design, administration or operation of administrative judicial tribunals in any of Canada’s various administrative justice systems.  I, therefore, invite anyone who comes upon such information, to consider sharing it with the visitors to this site.

What Information

I am not looking for standard of review jurisprudence.  What I have in mind are: especially interesting conference papers; journal articles; books; press clippings; new legislation or regulations; policy guidelines; practice directions; meaningful events, such as relevant litigation, court or tribunal decisions of general interest, major appointments (contentious dismissals); and announcements of relevant conferences, workshops, programs,  etc.

Mr. Justice LeBel’s speech to the CLEBC conference which was noted on this site on March 7 as a “Featured News” post is an example of the kind of thing that is inherently interesting to anyone concerned with the administrative justice system but inherently hard to find unless one knows it’s there.

How to do it

If you email me using the message form on the contact page, I will contact you to discuss whether and how the information in question might be presented on this site, and with what attribution, etc.



Government Disability benefits – Conflicted Adjudication Needs Fixing

Disability Benefits CONFLICT ELIMINATUS A CALL FOR CONFLICT-FREE INITIAL ADJUDICATION  The Conflict Problem The organizations that administer statutory disability benefit programs are also the organizations that adjudicate the claims for those benefits.  And it is self-evident that in their statutory role as the system’s adjudicator they are intrinsically and egregiously conflicted.  As the adjudicator they View Post

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Toronto Star, front-page headline – October 5, 2017 “Tribunal Overturns WSIB Practice of Cutting Migrant Aid” NOT ACTUALLY TRUE Time for a Statutory Reform of the Final-Say Procedures   The Issue The migrant-worker decision of the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal that caught the Toronto Star’s attention (Decision No. 1773/17) once again shines the View Post

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THE ISSUE AND THE CONTEXT The Board’s post November 2014 operational policies in which the level of permanent impairment  resulting from a workplace injury is to be determined by discounting for asymptomatic pre-existing conditions constitute an arbitrary and unlawful repudiation of the thin-skull doctrine in Ontario’s workers’ compensation system. The law governing the application of View Post

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Ontario WSIAT – Pre-existing Degenerative Disc Disease – A Surprise, a Missed Opportunity

A SURPRISE, A MISSED OPPORTUNITY Pre-existing, Asymptomatic DDD Conditions Not Grounds for Impairment-Rating Reductions (As a Matter of Interpretation) INTRODUCTION If the Ontario WSIB thought that through its November 2014 publication of its Operational Policy on “Determining the Degree of Permanent Impairment” – Policy No. 18-05-03 – it had authorized its adjudicators to reduce permanent View Post

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Ontario WSIB – NO EVIDENCE Demands a Public Inquiry

NO EVIDENCE A CLARION CALL FOR A PUBLIC INQUIRY INTRODUCTION IAVGO Community Legal Clinic recently released its 86-page report, “NO EVIDENCE”.[1] The report is a game-changer.  It is a game-changer because it proves, on the basis of unimpeachable evidence, that, under its post-2009 management regime, Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s adjudicative factual findings are View Post

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Workers’ Comp Reclamation? Alberta Points the Way.

Reclamation:  A process of claiming something back or reasserting a right. INTRODUCTION For the radical right of corporate employers, Alberta’s workers’ compensation system has long been the shining city on the hill – the system with the lowest premiums in Canada. In Ontario, the radical management regime that captured Ontario’s workers’ compensation system in 2010 View Post

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Ontario’s WSIB and the power implants – CMS Benefits Policy – A Case in Point – Wrong Standard of Proof

CHRONIC MENTAL STRESS BENEFITS THE WSIB’s DRAFT POLICY WRONG STANDARD OF PROOF INTRODUCTION On May 4, 2017, the Ontario WSIB published a draft Operational Policy concerning entitlement to “Traumatic or Chronic Mental Stress Benefits” respecting “accidents on or after January 1, 2018”.  (Draft for Consultation Purposes, Document Number 15-03-14.) The CMS (Chronic Mental Stress) Benefits View Post

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Ontario’s WSIB and the Bill 127 Amendments – The power implants – What do they Mean? – Part IV – Adjudicative Principles Policies

THE WSIB POWER IMPLANTS – PART IV           POLICIES CONCERNING             DIFFERENTIATED EVIDENTIARY REQUIREMENTS AND ADJUDICATIVE PRINCIPLES INTRODUCTION This is my fourth, and last, post on the WSIB’s four, mysterious power implants inserted in Ontario’s WSIA by means of the “Stronger, Healthier Ontario Act (Budget Measures), View Post

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Ontario’s WSIB and the Bill 127 Amendments – The power implants – What do they Mean? – Part III – Adjudicative Principles Policies

THE WSIB POWER IMPLANTS – PART III           POLICIES CONCERNING             ADJUDICATIVE PRINCIPLES INTRODUCTION This is my third post on the WSIB’s four, mysterious power implants inserted in Ontario’s WSIA by means of the “Stronger, Healthier Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017 in Schedule 33 of Bill View Post

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Ontario’s WSIB and the Bill 127 Amendments – The power implants – What do they do? – Part II – EVIDENTIARY REQUIREMENTS POLICIES

THE WSIB POWER IMPLANTS – PART II EVIDENTIARY REQUIREMENTS POLICIES INTRODUCTION This is my second post on the WSIB’s four, mysterious  power implants which Schedule 33 of Bill 127 has added to Ontario’s WSIA by means of the “Stronger, Healthier Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017”.  For a description of all four of those implants see View Post

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