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Public Inquiries and Royal Commissions

PUBLIC LAW - Public Inquiries and Royal Commissions

We have acted in some of the most significant Public Inquiries and Royal Commissions that have been conducted in Canada. These matters have included the following:

  • One of our partners was appointed lead counsel to the Ipperwash Public Inquiry relating to the events surrounding the death of Dudley George. In this role, he led a team of 6 lawyers and 3 investigators in collecting, organizing and presenting the evidence of 139 witnesses over 229 days of hearing. The Commission issued its landmark report in the spring of 2007.

  • We were retained by the Walkerton Public Utilities Commission on the public inquiry into the cause of contamination of Walkerton's drinking water system.

  • We have acted for parties before the inquiries into the mid-air bombing of Air India Flight 182. (Until September 11, 2001, the Air India bombing was the single deadliest terrorist attack involving aircraft.)

  • We were retained to act for the Government of Ontario with respect to police conduct which resulted in the report of the Commission of Inquiry into events of March 18, 1996 at Queen's Park (Estey Commission).

  • One of our partners was a member of the Osborne Committee, a blue ribbon Committee appointed by the Ontario Securities Commission in 2003 to advise on the need for structural or other changes to the Commission in light of its recently increased sanctioning powers.