Submitted by Section Secretary, Sarah Conroy
Summary of Meetings
Number of Meetings Held: 3
April 18, 2018
Guest Speaker: Eric Gottardi, Senior Partner, Peck and Company Barristers
Rod Garson, Crown Counsel, Crown Law Division Victoria
Mila Shah, Peck and Company Barristers
Meeting Title/Topic: Challenging the Constitutionality of Legislation: From Litigant to Intervenor. Tips and Tricks of the Trade?
Synopsis: The Vancouver Criminal subsection held a joint meeting with the constitutional subsection on a fantastic topic with experienced presenters. Rod Garson, the deputy director of the prosecutor support unit, and Eric Gottardi and Mila Shah, from Peck & Company, have all been involved in constitutional cases that have gone to the SCC.
April, 04 , 2018
Guest Speaker: John Conroy, Q.C. - Conroy & Company
Meeting Title/Topic: From R. v. Malmo-Levine to the Cannabis Act: Where Marijuana Laws Have Been and Where They're Going
Synopsis: John Conroy, QC took us through the history of constitutional litigation relating to marijuana up to the present day with the introduction of the Cannabis Act.
March, 05, 2018
Guest Speaker: Gareth Morley, Ministry of Attorney General (Victoria), Moderator - Tyna Mason, Ministry of Attorney General (Victoria)
Meeting Title/Topic: Discussion of R. v. Comeau ("the Free the Beer") Case
Synopsis: Discussion of two different perspectives on the SCC Appeal case of R. v. Comeau and the meaning of section 121 of the Constitution Act, 1867.
Comments and Observations of the Chair