2024

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Constraints, Correctness and the Charter: York Region District School Board v. Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, 2024 SCC 22

I am very glad that I did not have to decide the tricky administrative law issues presented by York Region District School Board v. Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, 2024 SCC 22. This is an important decision about the application of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to public school boards and standard of review […] Read more

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Le droit civil et le droit administratif canadien: Les tribunaux de justice et le droit administratif

For context, see my introductory post. In this post I address the respective judicial styles of the civil law and common law provinces in Canada in matters of administrative law. A.  Les origines du contrôle judiciaire Nous avons hérité le contrôle judiciaire que nous connaissons aujourd’hui au Canada de l’Empire britannique.[1] Durant le 16e et […] Read more

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Le droit civil et le droit administratif canadien: Le législateur et le droit administratif

For context, see my introductory post. In this post I address the respective legislative styles of the civil law and common law legislature in matters of administrative law. A. La loi sur la justice administrative La pierre angulaire du système québécois du droit administratif s’avère la Loi sur la justice administrative.[1] Cette loi-cadre, qui balise […] Read more

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The Irish Supreme Court Decision in Zalewski: Historical Critique

This is my last post in a series on the Irish Supreme Court’s decision in Zalewski, looking at the historical background to Articles 34.1 and 37.1 of the Irish Constitution. See my penultimate post for further background. There is also historical evidence that supports narrow readings of both Article 34.1 and Article 37.1. (i)                           Reading […] Read more

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Discriminatory By-Laws and Reasonableness: GSI Global Shelters Developments Ltd. v Rural Municipality of Last Mountain Valley No. 250, 2024 SKCA 30 and Canadian Natural Resources Limited v. Fishing Lake Metis Settlement, 2024 ABCA 131

In the classic case of Kruse v. Johnson, [1898] 2 QB 91, Lord Russell of Killowen CJ set out a test of unreasonableness for municipal by-laws. One basis for invalidity, under the broad heading of unreasonableness, was where the by-law in question was “found to be partial and unequal in [its]  operation as between different […] Read more