Blog Archives

Here you can find all of Ellis’s posts from February 2013 – March 2017. They are in chronological order – oldest to newest. The eight posts described in the blocks below are the oldest posts on the site.

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Nick McCombie

The late Nick McCombie is the person to whom I dedicated Unjust by Design. People working in the workers’ compensation field will understand perfectly why the dedication to Nick McCombie of a book devoted to … Nick McCombie Read More »
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Refugee Sandwich, stories of exile and asylum

In Unjust by Design, the reader will find many references to Peter Showler, a former Chair of the Immigration and Refugee Board.  It is, for instance, his whistleblowing to the Toronto Star in 2003 concerning … Refugee Sandwich, stories of exile and asylum Read More »
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Does “Canada” have a – ie., one – administrative justice system?

In a multi-jurisdictional country like Canada, it is clearly not accurate to speak, as I do in the title to the book, and elsewhere in the book,  of a Canadian administrative justice system – there are … Does “Canada” have a – ie., one – administrative justice system? Read More »
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Lebel, J: constitutional protection for administrative tribunals?

On October 26, 2012, the Honourable Mr. Justice Louis LeBel was a keynote speaker at the CLEBC Administrative Law Conference 2012 in Vancouver.  His speaking notes have now been published in the February 13, 2013, … Lebel, J: constitutional protection for administrative tribunals? Read More »
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Merit-Based Reappointments – LSUC Leads the Way

Introduction This post is about the issue of arbitrary reappointment regimes for tribunal adjudicators. Ontario Lawyers and paralegals will have noticed the Law Society of Upper Canada advertising recently for a full-time chair and  part-time … Merit-Based Reappointments – LSUC Leads the Way Read More »
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UNJUST BUDGETS – Constitutionally Valid?

Prologue When governments are preoccupied with deficit reduction, the budget problem for judicial tribunals, never good in the best of times, gets much worse. On February 1, 2013, Ian Strachan, Chair of the Ontario Workplace … UNJUST BUDGETS – Constitutionally Valid? Read More »
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Independence and Impartiality

One of Unjust by Design’s (the book’s) principal concerns is with the administrative justice system’s structures and the fact that those structures are egregiously incompatible with the rule of law and the Constitution. The Law … Independence and Impartiality Read More »
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Tribunal Appointments – Life-Tenured? No

The Question Once one acknowledges that the current regime of short-term, renewable appointments of judicial tribunal members cannot possibly be squared with either the constitutional or common law requirements of judicial independence, one is then … Tribunal Appointments – Life-Tenured? No Read More »
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