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.

THE INAUGURAL CHILD PROTECTION PROGRAM - Part 1
November 13, 2015

State of the System: Context, Issues & Challenges
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.

Presenter: Judge Carena Roller, Provincial Court of Manitoba

Role of the 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.

Presenter: Corey La Berge, Deputy Children's Advocate

CPD hours: 1
EPPM hours: 0.25

Price: $50.00 + GST = $52.50

THE INAUGURAL CHILD PROTECTION PROGRAM - Part 2
November 13, 2015

Evidentiary Issues
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

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

CPD hours: 1
EPPM hours: 0

Price: $50.00 + GST = $52.50

THE INAUGURAL CHILD PROTECTION PROGRAM - Part 3
November 13, 2015

Parent Capacity Assessments
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.

Presenter: Justice Carole Curtis, Ontario Court of Justice

CPD hours: 1
EPPM hours: 0.25

Price: $50.00 + GST = $52.50

THE INAUGURAL CHILD PROTECTION PROGRAM - Part 4
November 13, 2015

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

CPD hours: 1.25
EPPM hours: 0

Price: $50.00 + GST = $52.50

THE INAUGURAL CHILD PROTECTION PROGRAM - Part 5
November 13, 2015

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

CPD hours: 1
EPPM hours: 0.5

Price: $50.00 + GST = $52.50

THE INAUGURAL CHILD PROTECTION PROGRAM - Part 6
November 13, 2015

Case Law Update
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

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

CPD hours: 0.5
EPPM hours: 0

Price: $30.00 + GST = $31.50