On Dec. 30, Governor General David Johnston announced 54 new appointments to the Order of Canada. The new appointees include 12 Officers (O.C.), and 42 Members (C.M.). Four esteemed members of the legal profession are included.
Officers of order of Canada
The Honourable René Dussault, a former judge of the Quebec Court of Appeal who is now counsel with the Quebec City office of Heenan Blaikie, was elevated to the level of Officer of the Order of Canada "for his contributions to the advancement of law and the promotion of equality, as a jurist, professor and senior public servant." He has held various positions as an adviser, and later as a director, in the public service, for the Ministry of Federal-Provincial Affairs, the Quebec Commission of Inquiry on Health and Social Welfare and the Ministry of Social Affairs, among others. He was the founding president of the Office des professions du Québec and has also been a Deputy Minister of Justice of Québec. Amongst his important accomplishments,he co-chaired the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples from 1991 to 1996.
The Peel Law Association is seeking judicial review of an Ontario human rights tribunal ruling last month that found it discriminated against Toronto lawyer Selwyn Pieters and two black colleagues during an incident in 2008.
Frances Wood, president of the association, confirms it has instructed counsel to ask for a judicial review of the Pieters v. Peel Law Association decision.
The incident took place on May 16, 2008, in the lawyers’ lounge at the courthouse in Brampton, Ont. At the time, Pieters was there with fellow lawyer Brian Noble and law student Paul Waldron dealing with a Youth Criminal Justice Act application. All three were wearing business suits, according to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario ruling by adjudicator Eric Whist.