Author Archives: Linda McKay-Panos

About Linda McKay-Panos

Linda McKay-Panos is the Executive Director of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre. She taught Language Arts and Social Studies with the Calgary Board of Education for 7 years before returning to university to obtain a Law Degree. She practiced law for a time, before joining the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre in 1992 as a Research Associate. Linda is a sessional instructor in the Faculties of Communication and Culture and Law at the University of Calgary. Linda received her Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Calgary. Linda is the President of the Alberta Association for Multicultural Education and the Past President of the Public Legal Education Network of Alberta. Linda is the author of several publications dealing with civil liberties, access to information, human rights, discrimination, equality and related topics. Linda received the 2001 Suzanne Mah Award and an Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 for her work in human rights in Alberta.

Solicitor-Client Issues and the Information and Privacy Commissioner

By: Linda McKay-Panos PDF Version: Solicitor-Client Issues and the Information and Privacy Commissioner Case Commented On: University of Calgary v JR, 2015 ABCA 118 (CanLII) The Alberta Court of Appeal (per Justice Russell Brown, with Justices Myra Bielby and Patricia … Continue reading

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Alberta Arbitration Decision Embraces Broadening Trend on Family Status Discrimination

By: Linda McKay-Panos PDF Version: Alberta Arbitration Decision Embraces Broadening Trend on Family Status Discrimination Case Commented On: SMS Equipment Inc v Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, 2015 ABQB 162 The definition of discrimination on the basis of family status … Continue reading

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Settlement Agreements Can Pose Challenges for Human Rights Commissions

By: Linda McKay-Panos PDF Version: Settlement Agreements Can Pose Challenges for Human Rights Commissions Cases Commented On: Buterman v Greater St. Albert Regional School Division No. 29, 2014 AHRC 8; Buterman v Greater St. Albert Regional School Division No. 29, … Continue reading

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Does the Charter Apply to Universities? Pridgen Distinguished in U Vic Case

By: Linda McKay-Panos PDF Version: Does the Charter Apply to Universities? Pridgen Distinguished in U Vic Case Case Commented On: BC Civil Liberties Association v University of Victoria, 2015 BCSC 39 In Pridgen v University of Calgary, 2012 ABCA 139, … Continue reading

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New Parameters for Family Status Adopted in Alberta

By: Linda McKay-Panos  PDF Version: New Parameters for Family Status Adopted in Alberta Case Commented on: Clark v Bow Valley College, 2014 AHRC 4 Recently, human rights decisions in federal tribunals and courts have adopted a broader definition of “family … Continue reading

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Private Health Insurance and Charter Section 7

By: Linda McKay-Panos  PDF Version: Private Health Insurance and Charter Section 7 Case discussed: Allen v Alberta, 2014 ABQB 184 Over the past few years, various courts across Canada have addressed the ambit of the Charter right to life, liberty … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Limits Employment Relationship in Human Rights Cases

By: Linda McKay-Panos  PDF Version: Supreme Court Limits Employment Relationship in Human Rights Cases Case commented on: McCormick v Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, 2014 SCC 39 In an earlier post, I expressed hope that in McCormick, the Supreme Court of … Continue reading

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Privacy Legislation Tangles with the Civil Litigation Process

Written by: Linda McKay-Panos PDF Version: Privacy Legislation Tangles with the Civil Litigation Process Case commented on:Calgary Board of Education v Alberta (Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner), 2014 ABQB 189 A recent Court of Queen’s Bench decision demonstrates … Continue reading

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Federal Court of Appeal Clarifies Requirements for Family Status Discrimination

By: Linda McKay-Panos PDF Version: Federal Court of Appeal Clarifies Requirements for Family Status Discrimination Case commented on:Canada (Attorney General) v Johnstone, 2014 FCA 110 (Johnstone, 2014) In an earlier post (see here) which discussed the case of three women … Continue reading

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Drug Paraphernalia Bylaw Upheld as Constitutional

By: Linda McKay-Panos PDF Version: Drug Paraphernalia Bylaw Upheld as Constitutional Case commented on: Smith v St. Albert (City), 2014 ABCA 76 University of Calgary Constitutional law students will find this case interesting and perhaps will feel vindicated when they … Continue reading

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