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A Call to Arm’s Length? Changes to Adjudicative Tribunal Appointment Processes discussed at this year’s SOAR Conference

  • November 09, 2023
  • Willem Crispin-Frei

A key principle in administrative law is that justice must not only be done, but also be seen to be done. What does this mean in practice? A panel at this year’s Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR) Conference on November 2, 2023, took up this question in the context of modernization within three different organizations.

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Panel Discussion: Human Rights and Equitable Outcomes

  • November 09, 2023
  • Brittany Ross-Fichtner

On October 30, 2023, the Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission joined others to discuss a wide range of topics and best practices related to human rights and equity. The conversation and key takeaways are summarized below.

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Competition Policy and Canada's Grocers

  • March 15, 2023
  • Amy Hill, articling student, The Public Interest Advocacy Centre

This article discusses current issues facing Canadian grocery retailers, an upcoming market study and the potential impact of amendments made to the Competition Act.

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KPI Pitfalls in the Public Sector

  • March 10, 2023
  • Tatiana Zeleni and Brian Osler

KPIs are key to managing organizational effectiveness and efficiency. KPIs can sometimes result in undesirable regulatory outcomes when they are conflated with organizational objectives. KPIs are a tool to help make decisions, allocate resources, identify problems and build accountability. By taking a sophisticated and thoughtful approach to KPIs, public sector bodies can achieve these purposes without the KPIs themselves inadvertently steering the organization down the wrong path.

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The Impact of Language on Trans Inclusion and Access to Justice

  • November 18, 2022
  • Alexandra McVittie, Articling Student, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

This article provides an overview of the "Trans Inclusion and Access to Justice" Workshop led by Lee Nevens (DOJ) during the Association of Law Officers of the Crown's ("ALOC") 2022 Educational Conference.

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