News

December 2018

Natasha Danson’s article on “Searching for Professionals on Google” was featured in the December 2018 newsletter of the Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation.

Richard Steinecke has been awarded the inaugural CLEAR Exemplary Session Award for his presentation “No Longer Fit got Purpose: Changing the Regulation of Professions in Canada” at the 2018 CLEAR Annual Educational Conference.

November 2018

On November 29, 2018, Julie Maciura presented on Recent Trends in Registration to the Ontario Regulators for Access Consortium.

Julie Maciura and Robin McKechney’s presentation “Innovations in Dealing with Addicted and Mentally Ill Licensees – What Can Be Done to Help?” was the highest rated session for the Compliance and Discipline track at the 2018 CLEAR Annual Educational Conference.

October 2018

Julie Maciura’s comments on the proposed provision for the ASWB Model Social Work Practice Act are found here in “ASWB Association News: Canadian counsel’s comments Streamlined licensure”.

September 2018

Julie Maciura and Bernie LeBlanc presented the “Top Ten Cases You Need to Know About” as the closing session of the CLEAR Educational Conference in Philadelphia on September 29, 2018.

Richard Steinecke and Natasha Danson were quoted in The Lawyer’s Daily article “Regulator can determine dispute process, no procedural unfairness found, court rules”.

August 2018

Rebecca Durcan was quoted in Anita Balakrishnan’s  Law Times article “LSO seeks feedback on shrinking governing body“.

Maya Pearlston and Natasha Danson published the article “Lessons from the Case of Dr. Hadiza Bawa-Garba” in the quarterly journal Health Law in Canada.

July 2018

Robin McKechney was quoted in Anita Balakrishnan’s Law Times article “Lawyer Loses Appeal, Fails to Expand Internet Privileges“.

June 2018

SML Law would like to congratulate Rebecca Durcan for being elected as a Bencher of the Law Society of Ontario.

On June 28, Robin McKechney presented, “What Happens in Vegas? Dealing with Off Duty Conduct” at the CPSO.

On June 7, Robin McKechney presented, “Can I Put My Hat On? I’m a Good Moral Character…Now“, in Denver, Colorado for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Discipline Conference.

On June 6, Richard Steinecke participated in a panel discussion on “What Does the Public Expect of Regulators?” at the Ontario College of Teachers.

May 2018

Bernie LeBlanc was quoted in the May 28, 2018 Law Times article “Little Consensus on How to Apply Dunsmuir Framework” by Shannon Kari.

On May 14, Erica Richler presented “Critical Advice for Handling Self-Represented and Partially Represented Professionals” with Gillian Hnatiw of Adair Goldblatt Bieber LLP at the OBA Advanced Issues in Professional Regulation program.

On May 9, Richard Steinecke presented “Fundamentals and Their Applications” at the CLEAR Regional Symposium in Toronto.

April 2018

Robin McKechney was quoted in Shannon Kari’s Law Times article “Case is Reminder Evidence Can be Used Without Consent“.

On April 11, Natasha Danson spoke at the Infonex RegPro2018 Conference on “Communication in Investigations”.

February 2018

On February 9, Rebecca Durcan presented “Emerging Risks in Health Law: Bill 87, Protecting Patients Act, 2017” at the OBA Institute.

On February 8, Jan Robinson of CVO, Bernie LeBlanc and Robin McKechney presented the CLEAR webinar: Law and Order: Intersection between Criminal Justice and Professional Regulation.

SML is pleased to announce that Maya Pearlston has joined the firm as an associate effective February 5, 2018. Maya obtained her law degree from Osgoode Hall and was previously legal counsel at the Ontario Securities Commission.

January 2018

On January 23, Natasha Danson presented “Achieving Organizational Transparency through Fair Investigations” for the Canadian Institute’s Conducting Fair Investigations conference in Ottawa.

December 2017

Rebecca Durcan was quoted in the article “Life Support Case Raises Questions for Lawyers“, by Alex Robinson.

November 2017

On November 29, Richard Steinecke spoke at the Ontario Regulators for Access Consortium (ORAC) about recent developments in the registration of professionals.

SML is pleased to announce that Anastasia-Maria Hountalas has joined the firm as an associate effective November 13, 2017. Anastasia-Maria obtained her law degree from Queen’s University, is an active member of Young Women in Law and is proficient in French.

On November 13, Richard Steinecke spoke at the Advocates’ Society on recent amendments to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991.

October 2017

On October 19, Julie Maciura and Richard Steinecke presented the webinar “Regulators Under Siege”.

On October 13, Richard Steinecke presented, with Joshua Elcombe, an Administrative Law Update for the 2017 Discipline Administrator’s Conference for Canadian regulators of legal services.

On October 5, Richard Steinecke presented a one-day workshop on Administrative Law for Investigation and Hearing Committees to Nova Scotia regulators hosted by the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists.

On October 2-4, Richard Steinecke, Julie Maciura, Bernie LeBlanc, Erica Richler, Robin McKechney, Cathi Mietkiewicz and Natasha Danson presented at the Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation (CNAR) Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation (CNAR)

“Conducting Regulatory Investigations” (Workshop) by Richard Steinecke, Rebecca Durcan, Erica Richler, Greg Hutchinson (Barker Hutchinson), Marjorie Hickey (McInnes Cooper) and Kim Turner (Pink Larkin).

“Regulating a Profession in An Era of Open Distrust” by Richard Steinecke, Shenda Tanchak (College of Physiotherapists of Ontario), Majorie Hickey (McInnes Cooper) and Darrel Pink (Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society).

“What Happens in Vegas: The Challenges of “Off Duty” Conduct” by Robin McKechney, Amy Block (College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario) and Seth Weinstein (Greenspan Humphrey Weinstein).

“Making Tough Calls: Is the Public Interest the Same as Public Approval?” by Bernie LeBlanc, Robin McKechney and Melisse Willems (College of Dietitians of Ontario).

“Screening for Good Character at Registration” (Pecha Kucha Session) by Erica Richler and Natasha Danson.

“Conflict of Interest – Here’s the Thing” (Pecha Kucha Session) by Cathi Mietkiewicz.

“Perspectives on Transparency” by Erica Richler, Michael Salvatori (Ontario College of Teachers) and Gregory Sim (Field Law).

“Top Ten Cases of the Past Year” by Julie Maciura, Richard Steinecke, Marjorie Hickey (McInnes Cooper) and James Casey (Field Law).

September 2017

Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR)

“Setting Precedents: Top Ten Recent Cases you Need to Know About” by Bernie LeBlanc, Rebecca Durcan and Amigo Wade.

“Home Run or Strike Out: Effectively Managing the Latest Trends Affecting Complaints, Investigations and Hearings” by Bernie LeBlanc, Marc Spector and Michelle Pederson.

“Law and Order: The Intersection Between Criminal Justice and Professional Regulation” by Bernie LeBlanc, Robin McKechney and Jan Robinson.

“Professional Self-Regulation: Is the Model Past its Sell by Date?” by Rebecca Durcan, Andrew Parr and Ginny O’Hanrahan.

“Regulating Bad Board Behaviour: Real-Life Stories on the Challenges of Governing Rogue Members” by Rebecca Durcan, Marc Spector, Amigo Wade and Panravee Vongjaroenrat.

“Can I Put My Hat On? I’m a Good Moral Character…Now” by Robin McKechney, Geoff Thiele and Michael Salvatori.

June 2017

On June 22, Richard Steinecke presented “The Privilege of Self-Regulation” at the CLEAR Regional Symposium in Winnipeg.

On June 14, Robin McKechney presented “Off Duty Conduct” at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing conference in Pittsburgh.

On June 2, Rebecca Durcan presented “Self-Governing Professions 2017” at the CLEBC Conference in Vancouver.

May 2017

On May 4, Erica Richler was a panellist at the CBA Health Law Summit in Niagara-on-the-lake, presenting on “Professional Regulation in an Age of Openness and Transparency”.

April 2017

Richard Steinecke presented “Prevention of Sexual Abuse: Potential Outcomes When the Government Perceives a Failure to Protect the Public” at the 2017 Infonex Conference.

Bernie LeBlanc presented “Running a Fair and Effective Discipline Hearing” at the 2017 Infonex conference.

March 2017

Natasha Danson’s article “The Perils of Fake Health Care Practitioners and How the Law Can Help” has been published by the Ontario Bar Association.

January 2017

Rebecca Durcan presented at the CLEAR Winter Symposium in St. Petersburg, Florida on Identifying, Analyzing and Treating Communication Risk.

Erica Richler has been named as a Partner of the firm.

May 2016

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