Author: Bernie LeBlanc

Risky Resolutions

Negotiated resolutions are generally considered a good thing, including in the discipline hearing context. They generate an almost certain outcome, without the risk of unpredictable

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A Suspension Is a Suspension

Ontario’s Divisional Court has upheld a finding that a registrant engaged in professional misconduct by trying to circumvent the impact of a suspension. In Casella

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Competence is Not a Defence

It is not a defence to an allegation of illegal practice that one provides excellent services. In College of Dental Technologists v. Ahmed, 2024 ONSC

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Of Trees and Forests

Since the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) v. Vavilov, 2019 SCC 65 (CanLII), [2019] 4 SCR

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Four Rulings (But No Funeral)

British Columbia’s highest court dealt with several distinct issues in the appeal from the discipline findings in Ahmadian v. Law Society of British Columbia, 2023

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Respecting the Rules

Hearing tribunals can make rules of procedure for parties to follow. While tribunals sometimes consult on changes to their rules, they alone have the authority

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Drawing the Line

Not every imprudent action by a registrant constitutes professional misconduct. At some point the conduct is “an understandable error” or “too trivial” to reach that

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Beware of Expedited Processes

Regulators, understandably, wish to avoid the legal complexity and expense of discipline hearings whenever possible. For example, many regulators can administratively suspend or revoke the

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