Dr. Patrick Ryan

Course Schedule

WEEK 1 - JAN. 14 - COURSE INTRODUCTION

Zoom Credential Available on OWL in Assignment and Resources Tabs and are sent to students via Email

The links for the recorded lectures and PowerPoints will be sent to you via email through OWL messages and will also be hung on the Assignments in OWL.


WEEK 2 - JAN. 21 - PARENS PATRIAE

Assigned Readings: 

E. v. Eve [1986] SCC 
          (click here for Dr. Ryan's notations)

P. Ryan, "A Model Brief of E. v. Eve"

P. Ryan, "holding, ruling, and decision"

What Should be Part of a Case Brief?

Thomson Reuters, "Tips for moot court tryouts..."


Supplemental Readings & Resources:

Common Law Jurisdictions Globally

How to Read a Case

SCC, 'Preparing for a Hearing' (gives a description of decorum that we roughly mimic - see 'decorum' and 'appearances...')

Mooting Roles - see the resources tool on OWL
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Key Concepts in Lecture:

statutory law
constitutional law
administrative law
international law
common law
stare decisis
leading cases
case law
holding, ruling, and decision
fiduciary duty
procedural fairness
parens patriae
best interest of the child
components of a law report
E. v. Eve [1986] SCC

Muir v. Alberta [1996] ABQB

   

WEEK 3 - JAN. 28 - PATRIA POTESTAS

Assigned Readings: 

Canadian FCYL v. Canada (AG) [2004] SCC

Note: Majority para. 1-70; Binnie Dissent para. 71-130; Arbour Dissent para. 131-211; Deschamps Dissent para. 212-247.

P. Ryan, "A Model Brief of Canadian Foundation."

Supplemental Readings & Resources:

Corporal Punishment Case Law Summary

Corporal Punishment Public Opinion

Educational Policies and Corporal Punishment in Canada and the World

Corporal Punishement Law Outside Canada

Global Map of CP law and practice

Mooting Roles - see the resources tool on OWL
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Key Concepts in Lecture:

s. 43 of the Canadian Criminal Code
Canadian FCYL v. Canada (AG) [2004] SCC

Charter of Rights and Freedoms
s. 1, 7, 12, and 15

the Oakes Test
'Reading Down' a Statute

UNCRC
s. 5, 19, 24(3), 28(3), and 37(a)

B.(R.) v. CAS Meto. Toronto [1995] SCC


WEEK 4 - FEB. 4 - THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE CHILD

Assigned Readings:

Van de Perre v. Edwards [2001] SCC


Supplemental Readings & Resources:

The Divorce Act - Canada

The Family Law Act - Ontario

Mooting Roles - see the resources tool on OWL
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Key Concepts in Lecture:

Three-Fold Concept of BIC
Historical Divorce Statistics
Custody/Access Frameworks
Section 16 Canada Divorce Act

Young v. Young [1993] SCC
Gordon v. Goertz [1996] SCC

Van de Perre v. Edwards [2001] SCC

Open and Closed Mediation
Arbitration
Child's Independent Legal Counsel Framework
4 Approaches of the Bench to Custody/Access disputes

Parental Alienation Syndrome
Furlong v. Furlong (Nfld, 2009)
Sloboda v. Sloboda (Sask, 2007)
SGB. v. SJL (ON, 2010)


WEEK 5 - FEB. 11 - INTERNATIONAL CUSTODY DISPUTES AND CHILD SUPPORT OBLIGATIONS

Assigned Readings:

Ellis v. Wentzell-Ellis [2010] OCA

The Hague Convention


Supplemental Readings & Resources:

UNCRC

Justice Canada, "Putting Children's Interests First"

Family Law Act of Ontario 

Federal Child Support Tables

Mooting Roles - see the resources tool on OWL
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Key Concepts from Lecture:

Hague Conv. on Civil Asp. of Intern. Child Abduction
Thomson v. Thomson [1994] SCC
CC. v. KC [2009] OSCJ
Ellis v. Wentzell-Ellis [2010] OCA
2 approaches to habitual residence
competing interpretations of 'grave risk'

Fiduciary duty
Willick v. Willick [1994] SCC
paras formula
A.C. v M.Z. [2010] OSCJ
Farden v. Farden [1993] BCCJ

S.(J.M.) v M.(F.J.) [2004] OSCJ


READING WEEK


WEEK - FEB. 25 - ADOPTION, IDENTITY, PRIVACY, AND FAMILY ALIENATION

No Mooting or Homework this week - Lecture on Thursday from 8:30-11:30 will be on Zoom and Recorded


Case Analysis Paper due by Sunday Feb. 28 - Submit through OWL

READING:  

No Reading - Finish your Case Analysis


RESOURCES:
CRIN on "article 8" of the CRC    (PDF)

Adoption Rights Summary

UNICEF short on Article 8

KEY CONCEPTS

Lyttle v. Children's Aid Society of Metro. Toronto [1976]
Kennete v. Munro [1973]
Access to Information Rights

UNICEF short on identity rigths
Art. 8 UN CRC
Gelman v. Uruguay [2011]

5 Stage History of Child Placement
Elizabethan Poor Law
Pauper Apprentices
Poor House and Orphan Asylums
Orphan Trains and Home Children
Fosterage and Adoption
secrecy
family bonds

Adoption Information Disclosure Act (ON, 2005)
Marchland v. Ontario [2006] ONCA
Cheskes v. Ontario [2007] OSCJ


WEEK 7 - MAR. 4  -  MIGRATION AND FAMILY SEPARATION

READING: 

Langner v. Canada [1994] FCA

RESOURCES:

Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

UN Convention on the Status of Refugees
 

KEY CONCEPTS
Calvin's Case [1608]
Jus Soli

Syria & the Refugee Crisis
Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
UN Convention on the Status of Refugees

Canadian Resettlement System
Pre-Removal Risk Assessment
'Irreparable Harm' Case Law
Langner v. Canada [1994] FCA
Baker v. Canada [1999] SCC
Baron v. Canada [2009] FCA
 


 WEEK 8 - MAR. 11 - CHILD PROTECTION AND THE DUTY TO REPORT

READING: 

R v. Kaija [2006] OCJ

R v. Kaija [2007] OCA
 

Summary of Changes from the CFSA to the CYFSA


RESOURCES:

Provincial Advocacy Office

Child, Youth, and Family Services Act (replacing the CFSA, 2018)

KEY CONCEPTS
Children's Aid Societies
CYFS Act 2018
Service providers
harbouring and enticing away
history of parental custody


R v. Kaija [2006] OCJ
R v. Kaija [2007] OCA
duty to report
crown wardship
society wardship
'preponderance of evidence'
'reasonable grounds to believe'

Brown v. Canada A.G. [2017] ONSC
The Sixties Scoop

Blackwater v. Plint [2005] SCC
Indian Residential Schools Settlement Aggreement
Common Experience Payment (CEP)
Independent Assessment Process (IAP)

Provincial Advocacy for Children and Youth Act (2007-2018)


 

 


WEEK 9 - MAR. 18 - STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

READING: 

Multani v. Comm. scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys [2006] SCC

RESOURCES:

Ontario Ministry of Education, Policy Memo 144

Toronto Star, "Bullying: How a school..." (June 2, 2013)

Sources on Tinker v. Des Moines

Excerpted Tinker Case Report

KEY CONCEPTS
Suspendable Actions
Case law on suspension
Evidentary Standard
Haines v. Neudorf [1995] Sask
Hopkins v. Mission SD [1998] BC
Policy Memo 144
Peel Board v. BW [1987]
Procedural Fairness

Ruman v. Lethbridge SD [1944] ABSC
Troyer v. State [1918] OH
VA v. San Pasqual Valley S.D. [2017] US DC
Tinker v. Des Moines [1969] US SC
Multani v. Comm. scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys [2006] SCC
Oakes Test/Constitutional Infringement
Standard of Review of Administrative Actions


WEEK 10 - MAR. 25 - THE DOCTRINE OF NECESSITY AND BENEFIT

READING: 

Salah v. Cruickshank and Bowen [1987] NSCC


RESOURCES:

CBC, "... Violate Minimum Wage Laws," Oct 2014 and CBC, "Junior Hockey's Biggest Fight..." Jun 2017.

CHL Class Action Law Suit

KEY CONCEPTS
contract
right to contract
contractual validity for minors
doctrine of benefit and necessity

Pyett v. Lampman [1922] ONSC
Salah v. Cruickshank and Bowen [1987] NSCC
Bank of Nova Scotia v. Passero [1990] ONDC
Rights to Participation/Rights to Care

Labour Contracts
Toronto Marlboro v. Tonelli [1979] OCJ
Berg v. Canadian Hockey League [2020]
Out of Court Settlement
 Release from Litigation



WEEK 11 - APR. 1 - YOUTH CRIMINAL LAW

READING:

R. v. D.B. [2008] SCC

RESOURCES:

Youth Criminal Justice Act

extrajudicial measures sheet

KEY CONCEPTS
The Case of Peter Moore
benefit of clergy
age and culpability at law
Dorcas Good

juvenile reformatories
R. v. D.B. [2008] SCC
presumptive offence
direct indictment

R. v. S.J.L. [2009] SCC
extrajudicial measures

R. v. A.B. [1986]
admissibility for youth confessions

 

WEEK 12 - APR. 8 - TESTIMONY, COMPETENCY, AND CHILDHOOD


NO MOOTING. RECORDED LECTURE AND REVIEW SESSION

READING: 


R. v. W. (R.) [1992] SCC

RESOURCES:

Lovinsky and Gagne "Legal Representation of Children in Canada," Justice Canada 2015

KEY CONCEPTS
Susannah Brown's Case
R. v. Brasier (1779)
R. v. Kendall [1962] SCC

Khan Test or Khan Doctrine
R. v. Khan [1990] SCC

R. v. W (R.) [1992] SCC

Ontario Law Reform Commission (1991)
Party Status
Amicus Curiae
Litigation Guardian
Child Advocate
CAS Toronto v. D.(S.) (1993)