Thank You to Delegates, Speakers and Partners for a
Successful Day of Learning and Networking!

The Canadian Institute’s 21st Annual Provincial/Municipal Government Liability event was held at The Hilton in Toronto on May 27, 2015. The event centred around critical case updates for anticipating and managing litigation trends.

Chaired by David Boghosian, a wide range of topics were covered from occupier’s liability updates, including an examination of key cases such as the Bruce County decision with respect to assumption of risk, building liability, nuisance from road salt deposits in light of Steadman, emergency management, emergency services, and a critical piece on the most recent road liability cases.

The Day opened with…

Belinda Bain
and Paul Cahill providing both a Plaintiff and Defence exploration of Campbell v. Bruce County and what the threshold is for an informed assumption of risk by an individual, as well as a look at other recent key cases in occupier’s liability. This was followed by a content-packed session on building liability which took into account Defence, Provincial, Municipal, and Engineering perspectives provided by Rory Barnable, Stephen Lockwood, Scott Worsfold, and Alison Orr respectively.

Jennifer Stirton then took us through a detailed analysis of the development of road salt nuisance cases, and the impact of the recent Steadman decision. In that case Steadman took extensive measures to ascertain the cause of damage to his crops in order to build his case, which was more fully explored by Ms. Stirton in her presentation.

The morning was capped off by an entertaining and useful session on Post-Hryniak jurisprudence with both Defence and Plaintiff viewpoints represented by Kristin Muszynski and Ted Bergeron.

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The afternoon took us through

An excellent session on sever weather events, emergency management, and litigation. Alain Normand, Manager of the City of Brampton’s Emergency Management program teamed up with noted construction lawyer Andrew Heal to extoll the virtues of proper planning and the aftermath of when things go awry.

Christine Carter and Geoff Cantello then took to the podium to speak about the very poignant topic of emergency services liability including an examination of The Iacobucci Report as well as the issue of body-worn cameras.

The successful event wrapped up with an afternoon on roads liability led by conference Chair David Boghosian and shared by fellow speakers Jennifer Hunter and Shaneka Taylor. The trio explored the clarification on the standard of reasonable drivers as provided by the appeal decision in Fordham, road maintenance standards, and the very recent Seif decision impacting notice periods.

All of our speakers did a fantastic job, and we are delighted to have discussed practical issues and the latest case law developments.

Nadim Kurji, Lawyer, Conference Developer, Project Manager – The Canadian Institute