December 02, 2014

MARK YOUR CALENDARS to be in Winnipeg from June 11 to 14, 2015 for the annual CALL/ACAMS Conference. To mark the 30th anniversary of the Charter's equality provisions and the very recent opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, this year's conference theme is Human Rights, the Charter and Unions - Past Struggles and New Frontiers.

The 2015 CALL/ACAMS Annual Conference will once again present a comprehensive, critical and timely review of legal issues of significance to all those who represent and provide legal counsel to trade unions. The Conference will feature many of the country's leading labour lawyers and academics, including practitioners who have argued the cases to be discussed. There will be a mixture of plenaries and workshops, with simultaneous interpretation in both French and English for all sessions. Topics will include:

- Constitutional Update -  Supreme and Appellate Court Review

- Rights of the Transgender Worker 

- Labour Rights are Human Rights - hosted by the International Labour Relations Committee

- Pay Equity Update

- Individual Claimants and Trade Unions - Workers' Compensation, Health and Safety, Human Rights, Employment Standards

- Ten-Minute Labour Lawyer - Case Law and Legislative Review

- Professionalism and Ethics Workshops - Accredited (Pending Approval) for Continuing Legal Education Purposes

- Dispatches from the Ivory Tower - Recent Developments in Academic Labour Law

- Effective Use of Expert Witnesses in Labour and Human Rights Proceedings

- How to Stage an Intervention - in Court or Before a Tribunal

The conference will take place at the historic, independent Fort Garry Hotel, which reputedly has the best hamam spa in Canada. There will of course be lots of exciting social activities, the highlight of which will certainly be a night of dining and dancing at the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Registration forms and hotel booking information will be sent out in the New Year.

August 01, 2014

Just a quick update let you know that the CALL Council has unanimously accepted the recommendation of the National Labour Rights Committee (NLRC) of CALL to retain counsel and seek to intervene in the application for Judicial Review bring brought by Trinity Western University against the decision of the Law Society of Upper Canada to decline to accredit the TWU proposed law school. The notice to potential intervenors is attached for your information. 

We have retained Susan Ursel from Ursel, Phillips, Fellows, Hopkinson LLP to represent us on this matter. The Court has directed that all applications for intervention will be heard in Toronto on September 3, 2014 and I will send further reports to the membership as this matter progresses. 

I also wanted to remind you that there are opportunities to participate in CALL / ACAMS throughout the year. For example, if you would like to help the conference agenda committee plan the program for the next annual conference, send a quick email to me or to Craig Flood so that we can include you when those discussions begin in September. You can also contact the Chairs of any of the other committees if you are interested in getting more involved in them. 

If you become aware of any litigation, legislative changes or policy issues that you feel CALL should consider getting involved in, please bring it to the attention of any of the NLRC members or myself for consideration by the committee which sits as needed, including on an urgent basis. As well, it would be helpful to have a ready list of lawyers and/or law firms who are willing to represent CALL /  ACAMS as matters that require representation arise. Please send an email to Melissa Kronick if you or your firm is willing to be considered for future matters. 

Click here to view the Notice to the Public re interventions 

Leanne Chahley

July 31, 2014
The 2015 Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers / Association Canadienne des Avocats du Mouvement Syndical (CALL / ACAMS) will be held from Thursday, June 11 through Sunday June 14 inclusive in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Further details concerning the agenda and the events will follow as soon as possible.
Please mark your calendars. 

March 10, 2014

Last February 18, CALL’s National Labor Relations Committee (NLRC) submitted a recommendation to Council that CALL apply to intervene before the SCC  in the Saskatchewan case. Council approved this recommendation and the firm Caley, Wray will prepare the submission pro bono with CALL paying the disbursements. The submission will be posted on our website in the members only section when it is completed and we will keep you informed of the outcome of the submission. This is the first time that CALL seeks to intervene in litigation.

Johanne Drolet
President CALL

February 18, 2014

York University's Osgoode Professional Development based in Toronto, hold a number of Continuing Legal Education programs York University has a special upcoming course taught by Professor Alan Bogg of Oxford University (Comparative Labour Law: The British Model).  This event is scheduled for April 10th, 11th and 12th, 2014.  For more information: please call us at 416.673.4670 OR email us at

Osgoode Professional Development's Comparative Labour & Employment Law: The British Model [Eligible for 3 CPD credits]
Much of Canadian employment law is borrowed, or at least built upon the foundation of, the British common law of the employment contract. Yet the modern British approach to employment law has veered in important ways from the Canadian approach, both in terms of the development of the common law model and in the manner in which the two countries have chosen to regulate work. Despite its roots in the British legal system, the Canadian approach to governing collective labour relations reflects more American influence than British. The British "voluntarist" approach to industrial relations eschewed statutory recognition of unions, enforceable collective agreements, and tight government control of industrial action. Yet we can still see the influence of British law on Canadian labour law, for example, in the system of torts that continue to govern industrial conflict in both countries. This course introduces students to key historical and contemporary issues and debates in British labour and employment law from a comparative law perspective. Join prestiged Professor Alan Bogg from Oxford University for this special event!
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