Presented by Michael Bryant
The Covid 19 pandemic in Canada is a public health emergency which has triggered emergency action on the part of government. Such action has entailed the use of emergency management legislation by all levels of government and resulted in a range of restrictions on a variety of rights. This seminar will canvas the effects of the use of emergency powers on civil liberties and will examine issues concerning the potential overreach of governmental use of these powers. These issues in turn raise questions about the nature of the rule of law and the ethics of the use of emergency powers.
MICHAEL BRYANT, BA, MA (UBC), JD (Osgoode Hall), LLM (Harvard) is the 7th Executive Director & General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. A member of the Law Society of Ontario, Mr. Bryant was the 35th Attorney General of Ontario. He has appeared before all levels of court, from bail courts as Duty Counsel through the Ontario Court of Appeal and Ontario Review Board as solo practitioner, to the Supreme Court of Canada as counsel at McCarthy Tetrault LLP. A clerk for the former Chief Justice of Canada, he has also been a Lecturer in Law at King’s College, London, and Adjunct Professor at U of T and Osgoode Hall.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm via ZOOM