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Point/Counterpoint on 276/278 Panel

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Substantive: 0.5
35 minutes
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: 0.25
15 minutes
Blair Crew
Meaghan Cunningham
Mark Ertel
Karin Stein
Don Stuart
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
50 minutes
$109.00 plus tax
CCLA 30th Annual Criminal Law Conference 2018
Includes Handouts

This panel will present opposing view points on proposed legislative changes included in Bill C-51 that would change the law pertaining to applications to lead evidence of a complainant’s sexual activity, and for obtaining third party records relating to a complainant in a matter involving a sex-related offence. Pannelists include two academics – full-time professfors from Ontario law schools – and two practicing criminal lawyers – one Crown and one defence lawyer. This panel will specifically address equality, diversity and inclusion considerations pertaining to complainants and accused persons involved in criminal proceedings involving sex-related charges. EDI Professionalism content includes:

  • 6.2 Understanding power and privilege and unconscious bias
  • 6.5 Special responsibilities of lawyers to respect human rights laws in force in Ontario
  • 6.6 How to prevent and address discrimination and harassment


Blair Crew

Blair Crew began his legal career as Lawrence Greenspon’s Associate at Karam, Greenspon. Since 2005, he has served as the first full-time Review Counsel for the Criminal Division at the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic, and is excited to be commencing responsibilities as the Director of Queen’s Legal Aid starting in January, 2019. Blair has taught Criminal Law, Evidence and Sexual Assault Law at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Common Law. He is a panelist member for the Government of Ontario’s Independent Legal Advice for Survivors of Sexual Assault Pilot Program.

Meaghan Cunningham

Meaghan has worked as a Crown Prosecutor in Ottawa since 2003, where she has been responsible for the prosecution of all manner of offences from impaired driving to homicides. Currently, she sits on the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General’s Sexual Violence Advisory Group, and is the East Region Sexual Violence Crown. She has been an invited speaker at many conferences, educational seminars, and training sessions on topics relating to domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking and honour based violence in Ontario and around the country. She has been involved in working groups, task forces and advisory committees provincially and nationally on these topics, and is the course director for the Ontario Crown Attorney’s Association summer school course on Sexual Violence.

Mark Ertel

Mr. Ertel is a Past President of the Defense Counsel Association of Ottawa. He has been at Bayne Sellar Ertel Carter since he began his articles in 1990. He was called to the bar in 1992 and has been a criminal defense lawyer ever since. In 1999, he became a partner in the firm. He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in criminal law. Mark has lectured on criminal law at the Bar Admission Course and Continuing Education programs of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He was the co-chair of the annual Defence Counsel Association fall conferences at the Chateau Montebello from 2006 to 2009. He has lectured law students at the University of Ottawa and criminology students at Carleton University. Mr. Ertel has also participated in education programs for young lawyers and Judges of the East Region. He retired from the position of President of the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa in 2009 after serving two terms.

Karin Stein

Karin Stein graduated from the University of Ottawa Law School in 2004 and articled with a full-service boutique firm in Ottawa. After her call to the bar in 2005, Karin joined Carroll & Wallace where she practices criminal and quasi-criminal law. She is a member of the DCAO executive.

Professor Don Stuart

Don Stuart was appointed to Queen’s in 1975. Prior to that he taught law at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, Osgoode Hall Law school from 1970-1971 and the University of Alberta from 1971-1974. He holds B.A. and LL.B. degrees from the University of Natal, South Africa. As a Rhodes Scholar he gained a Diploma in Criminology from Cambridge University and a D.Phil. from Oxford University, in 1973. Most of his teaching has been in the areas of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Evidence. He has authored textbooks on substantive law and on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and has co-authored three teaching books. He has been Editor-in-Chief of the Criminal Reports (a national reporting and comment service) since 1982, and Editor of the National Judicial Institute’s Criminal Essentials e-letter (going to over 1000 judges) since 2000. He was Crown Attorney in Toronto from 1988-1989. He has appeared twice in the Supreme Court of Canada. For twenty five years, he was a Board Member and sometimes President of the John Howard Society of Kingston.

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