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What Waddell Phillips has been making the news for lately.

Events

Waddell Phillips to make submissions at the Ontario Court of Appeal in the matter of Hunt v. Worrod —

The Ontario Court of Appeal has granted leave to intervene to the Family Lawyers Association (“FLA”) in the case of Hunt v. Worrod. The Ontario Court of Appeal is scheduled to hear the appeal on May 16, 2019. The appeal is concerning the unprecedented decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to order costs against Legal Aid Ontario because of its role in providing legal aid funding in a family law matter. The FLA is represented by Cory Wanless, John Phillips, and Prashanth Chandrapal of Waddell Phillips.

February 11, 2019 – Metis Man in Alberta Alleges “Tunnel Vision” Led to His Wrongful Conviction and Imprisonment —

Kenneth Jackson of Aboriginal Peoples Television Network reports on Clayton Boucher’s wrongful conviction and imprisoment as a result of RCMP “tunnel vision”.

February 11, 2019 – PEI Whistleblowers Commence Action —

Three former whistleblowers in the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program have commenced an action against various parties associated with the Program who allegedly disclosed their personal information in an effort to discredit or silence them. The subject matter of this action was recently covered in a W5 report on CTV. Also see Michael Tutton’s story on CTV News.

 

Events

February 10, 2019 – Mefloquine Town Hall Meeting —

This meeting is free for veterans and their families who experienced harmful side effects associated with the use of Mefloquine. Join Veteran John Dowe and the legal team of Howie, Sacks & Henry and Waddell Phillips PC for this informative session, as we will help you identify some of the harmful side effects of Mefloquine, and whether you may benefit from taking part in the upcoming lawsuit against the Government of Canada.

Details for this Event:

Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019

Time: 12:00PM to 2:00PM

Location: Royal Canadian Legion 139 – 101 Church Street, Mississauga, ON  L5M 1M6

You can show up or save a seat by clicking here.

News

February 7, 2019 – John Phillips in the news – Washington Post “Five Canadian diplomats sue Canadian government for handling of Cuba mystery illness” —

Find the full article here.

TORONTO – Five Canadian diplomats and their families filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging the Canadian government failrf to sufficiently deal with the mysterious brain injuries that they suffered while posted to the embassy in Cuba and actively interfered with their ability to seek medical care.

“Throughout the crisis, Canada downplayed the seriousness of the situation, hoarded and concealed critical health and safety information, and gave false, misleading and incomplete information to diplomatic staff,” the statement of claim alleged.

At a news conference Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “There’s no question that the health impacts on diplomats in Cuba have been visible and real.”

Why Canada kept its diplomats in place even as the United States was evacuating its own is one of the questions at the center of the lawsuit, said John Kingman Phillips, a lawyer representing some of the plaintiffs.

“The stakes are the degree to which Canada will step up, protect and keep from harm our diplomats at their postings,” he said.

News

February 6, 2019 – Waddell Phillips and Howie, Sacks and Henry launch lawsuit on behalf of Canadian diplomats for “Havana Syndrome” —

Fourteen plaintiffs, consisting of Canadian diplomats and their family members who were posted to Havana, Cuba, have suffered brain injuries, which are now referred to as “Havana Syndrome”. They are suing the government for failing to protect them and for putting them in harm’s way.

 

Read national and international coverage here:

New York Times, “Canadian Diplomats Sue Their Government Over Mysterious Cuba Disease”: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/07/world/canada/havana-syndrome-canada.html

Globe and Mail, “Diplomats launch suit alleging Ottawa failed to address mysterious ‘Havana syndrome’ brain injuries”: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-cuba-diplomats-launch-suit-alleging-ottawa-failed-to-address/

BBC, “Diplomats sue Canada government over mystery illness in Cuba”: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47154987

Radio-Canada, “Syndrome de La Havane: des diplomates canadiens poursuivent Ottawa pour 28 millions”: https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1151433/syndrome-havane-diplomates-canadiens-poursuite-ottawa

CTV, “Trudeau says diplomats in Cuba suffered ‘real’ health problems”: https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/trudeau-says-diplomats-in-cuba-suffered-real-health-problems-1.4288016

Events

January 23, 2019 – Cory Wanless to argue at the Supreme Court of Canada in the matter of Nevsun v. Araya —

On January 23, 2019, Cory Wanless will make oral submissions at the Supreme Court of Canada in the matter of Nevsun v. Araya on behalf of the intervener International Human Rights Program, University of Toronto Faculty of Law. This lawsuit is about the alleged use of forced labour and slavery at a Canadian-owned gold mine in Eritrea.  Cory is co-counsel along with Professor Audrey Macklin. The IHRP’s factum, and the factum of all other parties can be found here: https://www.scc-csc.ca/case-dossier/info/af-ma-eng.aspx?cas=37919.

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