Information and Privacy Commission Orders Ontario to Reveal Plans for Enforcing Accessibility Law

The Information and Privacy Commission of Ontario has ordered the province to waive most of the fee it demanded from an unfunded accessibility advocacy coalition that had sought information relating to the government's plans for enforcing provincial accessibility legislation. David Lepofsky made the request for information and appealed the imposed fee as chair of Ontario’s non-partisan AODA Alliance. Daniel Naymark acted pro bono as counsel to Mr. Lepofsky/the AODA Alliance. 

Read the IPC's decision here, the AODA Alliance's press release here, and media coverage here.

OPP Acknowledges Unlawfulness Of "Next-Door Neighbour Searches"

The Ontario Provincial Police have acknowledged the unlawfulness of "next-door neighbour searches", in which police officers enter onto private property without a warrant, exigency or consent in order to observe a neighbouring property. The adoption of this practice by the Bracebridge, Ontario OPP detachment and its public defence by head of that detachment was the subject of an application, Fitzmaurice v. Commissioner of the OPP, which was resolved by the OPP's acknowledgment. The application was supported by Osgoode University's Innocence Project and by the Criminal Lawyers' Association, which intervened in the case as a friend of the Court. Daniel Naymark acted as co-counsel to the Criminal Lawyers' Association, with Philip Campbell of Lockyer Campbell Posner.

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Law Society Of Upper Canada To Review Practices Involving Indigenous Persons

The Law Society of Upper Canada has formed a review panel to examine the way in which the Law Society and its Tribunal address regulatory matters involving Indigenous persons, complaints and issues. The Law Society recognized the need to examine its regulatory and hearing practices following the case of The Law Society of Upper Canada v. Keshen, a lengthy Kenora, Ontario-based hearing on which Naymark Law was counsel.

The Law Society’s press release is available here.

Daniel Naymark Completes Term As Chair Of The Advocates’ Society’s Young Advocates Standing Committee

Daniel Naymark has completed his one-year term as Chair of the Young Advocates Standing Committee (“YASC”). YASC is the division of The Advocates’ Society (a not-for-profit professional association for trial and appellate lawyers with over 5,000 members) devoted to advocates in their first ten years of practice. YASC runs over 30 events annually across the country, as well as participating in The Advocates’ Society’s public policy, court intervention and education work. Daniel served on YASC for five years, including three years on the executive.

Daniel Naymark Featured In Law Times

The cover story of the Law Times’ May 29th issue, “LSUC Must Disclose Privileged Information”, contains quotes from the author’s interview with Daniel Naymark. Daniel commented on a Law Society Tribunal decision, Law Society of Upper Canada v. Savone, 2017 ONLSTH 100, raising issues of delays in matters before administrative tribunals as well as how tribunals should approach third party privilege.

Superior Court Revives Claims Against Government

Master Champagne set aside the 2013 administrative dismissals of three actions against the federal government. The claims arose from the fraud-related bankruptcy of ICI Construction Management, an Ottawa construction company working on several federal infrastructure projects. They were administratively dismissed for delay following the bankruptcy of the plaintiff, an Ottawa merchant bank.

Daniel Naymark represented judgment creditors of the plaintiff, who took assignment of its rights in the dismissed lawsuits through the bankruptcy process.

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