Join the conversation
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 administrativejusticereform.ca – 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.
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.
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.