Annual Report 2017/2018

  • July 10, 2018

Summary of Meetings: Health Law

Number of Meetings Held: 3

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Guest Speaker: Gene Fraser, Campbell Burton & McMullan LLP
Laura Johnston, Community Legal Assistance Society
Meeting Title/Topic: Mental Health Detention and Advocacy: Systemic Problems and Solutions
Synopsis: Mr. Fraser and Ms. Johnston will speak about a number of systemic issues relating to Mental Health detention and advocacy in British Columbia, including issues relating to procedural fairness, right to counsel, and the discrimination against involuntarily detained individuals created by BC’s mental health laws.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Guest Speaker: Lisa C. Fong, Ng Ariss Fong, Lawyers Kimberly Webber, Ng Ariss Fong, Lawyers Will Pollitt, Ng Ariss Fong, Lawyers
Meeting Title/Topic: 2017 Health Law in Review
Synopsis: This webinar focussed on key developments and cases relevant to practitioners in 2017, allowing them to stay at the forefront of issues in 2018. Some of the topics discussed included both the government and court’s response to BC’s opioid crisis, legal issues that have emerged as a result of Carter v. Canada, 2015 SCC 5 and the subsequent 2016 amendments to the Criminal Code in regard to medically assisted dying, emerging constitutional concerns with BC’s Mental Health Act, First Nation’s health and federal problems in applying “Jordan’s Principle”, the legal response to sexual assaults at post-secondary institutions, important case law in medical malpractice and personal injury law.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018
Guest Speaker: Penny Washington - Norton Rose Fulbright; Dionne Liu - Harper Grey LLP
Meeting Title/Topic: Medical Assistance In Dying (MAID): Where are we now?
Synopsis: An overview of the MAID legislation, recent developments and discussion of Jocelyn Downie's paper.

Comments and Observations of the Chair