November 2001

November 22, 2001

Bill C-36 - Anti-Terrorism Bill
The Law Society of Upper Canada is serving on the Federation of Law Societies of Canada Committee that is drafting a submission on Bill C-36, the Anti-Terrorism Bill. The intent is to present this submission to the federal government on behalf of 13 law societies across Canada.

Bill C-36 will affect the day-to-day activities of lawyers and their clients. A report highlighting areas of the bill that will affect the legal profession and their clients was presented to Convocation as background information. The lengthy and complex bill amends laws such as the Criminal Code, Official Secrets Act, Canada Evidence Act, and the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) Act .

Convocation today decided that its Emerging Issues Committee would review the Federation submission once completed and report back to Convocation with recommendations.

Bill C-36 - Anti-Terrorism Bill Report

Stricter Penalty for Non-payment of Specialist's Fees Adopted
Certified specialists who fail to pay their annual certification fee will now face clear consequences. Convocation adopted a policy providing that Specialists who fail to pay their fee after receiving a series of written and verbal notices will have their specialist designation revoked and the revocation published in the Ontario Reports. The lawyer will be required to wait two years before seeking re-certification and will be treated as a new applicant at that time.

Professional Development & Competence Committee Report

By-law 9 - Committees Amended
The mandate of the Access to Justice Committee, approved at the October 25, 2001 Convocation, was added to By-law 9. The mandate is "to develop, for Convocation's approval, policy options for promoting access to justice throughout Ontario.

The Emerging Issues Committee mandate was amended to grant the Committee greater ability to fulfill its role. The mandate of this committee is now "to monitor emerging policy issues affecting the Society and the legal profession, to undertake and direct research into such policy issues and to develop for Convocation's approval strategic plans and other proposals relating to such policy issues".

In addition, lay Bencher Stephen Bindman was appointed as a member of the Emerging Issues Committee.

Amendment to By-Law 9 re: Mandate of Access to Justice Committee

Emerging Issues Committee Report

Finance and Audit Committee's Recommendations Approved
Convocation approved the following recommendations from the Finance and Audit Committee:


  • the transfer of $3,000,000 from the 2001 General Fund surplus to the Working Capital Reserve.
  • capital projects approved but not completed in 2001 will be completed in 2002 using funds already allocated in the Capital and Technology Fund
  • the transfer of $600,000 from the 2001 unspent contingency to the Capital and Technology Fund
  • Mr. Julian Porter approved as a cheque signatory on the Law Society bank accounts.

Finance & Audit Committee Report

Inter-Jurisdictional Mobility Committee Outlines Approach
The Inter-Jurisdictional Mobility Committee report, presented to Convocation for information purposes, outlines the committee's approach to the mobility issue in preparation for the December 4th meeting of the Federation of Law Societies Task Force.

Inter-Jurisdictional Mobility Committee Report

Agenda and Minutes