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Expert panel members appointed to advance work of Court Challenges Program

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 @ 1:42 PM | By John Chunn


The federal government, in a press release issued on Nov. 20, says it wants to help people and groups in Canada access the justice system to assert their language rights and human rights, and it is committed to strengthening and promoting Canada’s two official languages and human rights. Over the years, the Court Challenges Program (CCP) has been instrumental in helping to clarify and assert official language and equality rights guaranteed under the Constitution.

Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism Pablo Rodriguez and Mélanie Joly, minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, appointed 14 part-time members to two expert panels of the modernized CCP. The panels will assess funding applications to the CCP for court cases of national significance and will allocate resources accordingly.

Members of the official language rights panel:

  • Emmanuelle Richez, assistant professor of political science at the University of Windsor
  • James Shea, chairman/president, Western Québec School Board
  • Thomas Maillet, lawyer, private practice
  • Marie-Claude Rioux, director general, Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse
  • Johane Tremblay, general counsel, director, Legal Affairs Branch, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages (retired)
  • Gilles LeVasseur, lawyer and law and business management professor, University of Ottawa
  • André Poulin-Denis, associate, Gowling WLG.

Members of the human rights panel:

  • Yvonne Peters, equity and human rights lawyer
  • Larry Chartrand, academic director, Wiyasiwewin Mikiwahp Native Law Centre, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan
  • Catherine Dauvergne, dean and professor, University of British Columbia
  • Lucie Lamarche, professeur, Faculté de science politique et de droit, Université du Québec à Montréal; associate professor at the University of Ottawa; member of the Royal Society of Canada
  • Joanne St. Lewis, assistant professor, common law section, University of Ottawa
  • Adelle Blackett, professor of law and Canada Research Chair in transnational labour law and development, McGill University
  • Brenda Young, community justice director, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation.

The two panels will be supported by the University of Ottawa, the independent third party responsible for the general administration and delivery of the modernized program.

Details of the CCP funding application process will be developed in a few weeks. Before accepting applications, the two panels will develop the eligibility requirements and terms of reference for the funding.