A presentation on the state of the child protection system in Manitoba will provide you with some context and identify the current issues and challenges facing the system.

  • Title:               The Inaugural Child Protection Program Part 1
    Date:              November 13, 2015

    State of the System: Context, Issues & Challenges
    Presenter: 
    Judge Carena Roller, Provincial Court of Manitoba

    To set the stage for the day, Provincial Court Judge Carena Roller will provide a brief history of the child protection system in Manitoba and highlight some of the critical issues and challenges facing the system today. She will also touch on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report’s recommendations on child protection.

    Role of the Children's Advocate
    Presenter: Corey La Berge, Deputy Children's Advocate

    An independent officer of the legislative assembly, the Children’s Advocate is responsible for representing the rights, interests and viewpoints of children receiving, or entitled to receive, child welfare services. This presentation will include a discussion of the work of the Children’s Advocate, provide an update on the ongoing developments and anticipated changes to the office, and most importantly, address the dire situation that Manitoba’s Aboriginal children continue to experience notwithstanding a system of law committed to acting in their best interests.

    Run Time:        55 minutes

    MCPD hours:    1 hour

    EPPM hours:      0.25 hours

    Price:                $50 + GST ($52.50)

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  • Title: The Inaugural Child Protection Program Part 2
    Date: November 13, 2015

    Presentation: Evidentiary Issues
    Presenter: Professor Rollie Thompson, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

    Professor Rollie Thompson will review some key evidentiary issues that commonly arise in child protection matters, including:

    • Evidence of past parenting: how much? for what purpose?
    • Hearsay: exceptions, principles, reliability, fairness
    • Business records: opinion, multiple hearsay, police reports
    • Expert opinion: qualification, the Mohan principles, legal limits

    Run Time: 61 minutes

    MCPD hours: 1 hour

    EPPM hours: 0 hours

    Price: $50 + GST ($52.50)

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  • Title:              The Inaugural Child Protection Program Part 3
    Date:              November 13, 2015

    Presentation: Parent Capacity Assessments
    Presenter:    Justice Carole Curtis, Ontario Court of Justice

    Parent Capacity Assessments (PCAs) are increasingly common in child protection cases, however the quality of the product and the process varies widely. This session will examine the process, the product and the limitations of PCAs. It will cover the following topics:

    • Danger of over reliance on PCAs
    • Best practices for PCAs
    • Practical considerations, including how should the assessment be initiated, who drafts the questions and determines what is sent to the assessor, how to qualify an expert, when to oppose qualification and whose witness is the expert when there is a joint retainer.

    Run Time:        55 minutes

    MCPD hours:    1 hour

    EPPM hours:     0.25 hours

    Price:                $50 + GST ($52.50)

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  • Title: The Inaugural Child Protection Program Part 4
    Date: November 13, 2015

    Presentation: What Works and What Doesn't: A Survey of Select Practices from Various Jurisdiction

    An experienced panel of Judges, lawyers and an academic share their experiences and thoughts on select child protection practices in various jurisdictions. This session will provide insight into the advantages and drawbacks of different approaches and generate discussion about opportunities for improvements here in Manitoba. Topics will include:

    •  Summary judgment: pros and cons
    • Focused hearings
    • Timelines in the legislation
    • Use of affidavits, process and the history of mediation in Nova Scotia
    • "Customary Care" Part X - CFS Act Ontario
    • Community pilot project in Pine Falls
    • Intervention and Removal of Parent Program in Nelson House
    • Mediation pilot project

    Moderator: Associate Chief Justice Marianne Rivoalen, Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench (Family Division)

    Presenters:
    Justice Carole Curtis, Ontario Court of Justice
    Professor Rollie Thompson, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
    Judge Carena Roller, Provincial Court of Manitoba
    Darryl Buxton, Myers Weinberg LLP
    Lore Mirwaldt,Q.C., Mirwaldt & Gray

    Run Time: 75 minutes

    MCPD hours: 1.25

    EPPM hours: 0 hours

    Price: $50 + GST ($52.50)

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  • Title: The Inaugural Child Protection Program Part 5
    Date: November 13, 2015

    Presentation: The Mechanics of Child Protection: Practical Tips from the
    Bench

    Glean practical tips on how to approach various child protection proceedings from a Queen's Bench Justice, a Manitoba and an Ontario Provincial Court Judge as well as a Senior Master. Topics will include:

    • The docket as the entry point: a review of what happens there and some "do's" and "don'ts"
    • The role of the Provincial Court and how to make the most of your appearance
    • Preparing for and conducting an effective pre-trial conference
    • Getting ready for trial: documentary discovery, Watson hearings and managing parallel proceedings

    Presenters:
    Justice Carole Curtis, Ontario Court of Justice
    Justice Michael Thomson, Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench
    Judge Christine Harapiak, Provincial Court of Manitoba
    Senior Master Rick Lee, Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench

    Run Time: 65 minutes

    MCPD hours: 1 hour

    EPPM hours: 0.5 hours

    Price: $50 + GST ($52.50)

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  • Title: The Inaugural Child Protection Program Part 6
    Date: November 13, 2015

    Presentation: Case Law Update
    Presenter:  Professor Rollie ThompsonSchulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

    Professor Rollie Thompson will provide an update on recent Canadian case law, including:

    • The Supreme Court of Canada: cases and silences
    • Appeal courts across Canada: anything we should know?
    • Some recent leading trial decisions

    Run Time:        30 minutes

    MCPD hours:    0.5 hours

    EPPM hours:     0 hours

    Price:                $30 + GST ($31.50)

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