OUR CASES

A SAMPLE OF OUR DIVERSE LEGAL EXPERIENCE

R. v. JARVIS

Gillian Hnatiw acted for the intervener, the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), on an appeal concerning the criminal offense of voyeurism and the question of whether teenage girls have a reasonable expectation of privacy in respect of their bodies while attending high school.

B.K. v. R.S.B.

Anna Matas successfully defended a physician in a regulatory matter before the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board, which confirmed a decision of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

S.S. v. KANTOR

Gillian Hnatiw represented a psychiatrist in this successful appeal restoring the validity of a Community Treatment Order under the Mental Health Act. The Court of Appeal accepted Ms. Hnatiw’s arguments concerning the correct interpretation of the complex statutory scheme and clarified the process for issuing CTOs in Ontario.

J.R. v. J.S.F.

ONTARIO (COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS OF ONTARIO) V. KAVERI

Anna Matas acted as counsel for a physician in relation to Discipline proceedings before his regulatory college, during a complicated matter involving overlapping proceedings before the CPSO, the Information and Privacy Commissioner, and the civil court system.

MITCHELL v. BANIK

Gillian Hnatiw successfully represented a psychiatrist, Dr. Banik, in response to this appeal from a decision of the Consent and Capacity Board. Ms. Hnatiw convinced the court that Dr. Banik reasonably applied the proper legal test to the facts and succeeded in having his findings of incapacity affirmed.

BONELLO v. GORES LANDING MARINA (1986) LIMITED

A freak accident during a recreational game of tug-of-war resulted in the amputation of the plaintiff’s right hand. The owners of the marina convinced a lower court that there was no merit to the plaintiff’s claim against it and secured an order for summary judgment dismissing the plaintiff’s claim. Gillian Hnatiw argued the successful appeal from this order, which restored the plaintiff’s claim and pursuit for compensation.

Gillian Hnatiw represented the plaintiffs in this successful motion to certify a class action against the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and a former teacher, Bruce Monk. Monk is alleged to have coerced numerous students at the venerable school into posing nude for him over almost three decades, and to subsequently selling the images on-line. The case has the potential to expand the law of image-based sexual abuse in Canada.

DOUCET v. THE ROYAL WINNIPEG BALLET 

Anna Matas successfully defended a physician in a regulatory matter before the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board, which confirmed a decision of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

RE COLE

Gillian Hnatiw acted for a group of physicians at a Coroner’s Inquest into the epilepsy related death of an inmate at Toronto East Detention Centre.

RE CARBY

Coroner’s Inquest into the police shooting death of mentally ill black man in Brampton, which delved into issues of racial profiling and unconscious bias. Gillian Hnatiw acted as counsel to a physician who provided psychiatric care to the deceased.

R.M. v. J.C.F.

Anna Matas successfully defended a physician in a regulatory matter before the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board, which confirmed a decision of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

RE SAMPSON

Gillian Hnatiw acted for the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto in a Coroner’s inquest into the death of a young person that considered examined Ontario’s child welfare system.

BOWDEN INSTITUTION v. KHADR

Gillian Hnatiw acted as counsel to the intervener, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, in an appeal concerning the government decision to treat Mr. Khadr’s foreign sentence as an adult rather than a youth sentence and place him in a federal penitentiary. The appeal was dismissed by the Supreme Court in less than 30 minutes for reasons consistent with the position advanced by the CCLA.

ROSENTHAL v. ROSENTHAL

Anna Matas acted as amicus curiae in a historical civil sexual assault case.

RE SMITH

Gillian Hnatiw represented a group of physicians at a Coroner’s Inquest into the death of mentally ill 19-year-old in federal custody.

MILNE v. BETTS

Gillian Hnatiw represented the plaintiffs in this successful action for childhood sexual abuse against their maternal uncle. The court awarded the plaintiff damages for pain and suffering, economic loss, and past and future therapy, as well as punitive damages and legal costs on a substantial indemnity basis.

HILL v. ALLEN

Anna Matas successfully represented a physician at the Court of Appeal for Ontario in his defence of a medical negligence claim.

STEVENS v. CANADA (ATTORNEY GENERAL)

Gillian Hnatiw successfully represented a former Cabinet Minister in an action to set aside the report from a Public Inquiry. Mid-trial, she was also successful in resisting a motion to quash the summons served on the Federal Ethics Commissioner. Stevens is an important decision on the principles of procedural fairness and natural justice.

KHAN v. TULAKE

Gillian Hnatiw brought a successful application to stay civil proceedings before the Workplace Safety Insurance and Appeals Tribunal. Her novel arguments established a new type of statutory defense for medical residents.