The Supremes: Function and Impact of Our Supreme Court

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Bi-weekly;  Week One;  Thursday;  12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Two Terms; In-person

Are you interested in learning more about the highest court in Canada and how it shapes our country’s laws and policies and impacts Canadian society? Do you want to find out about the Supreme Court’s rulings affecting social, moral and ethical issues including reproductive rights, human rights, medical assistance in dying, the environment and indigenous rights? This workshop provides the opportunity to delve into the reasoning of the Court on significant issues affecting us all and to discuss the rationale for the decisions. We will also look at how our top court in Canada operates and how it compares with the US Supreme Court. Regardless of your background, this opportunity to discuss these ground-breaking decisions and issues is sure to provide valuable insights. No technical knowledge of the law or terminology is required and participants have flexible options for presentation.


Priscilla Platt is a retired lawyer who practised in Ontario for close to 40 years, much of it as a litigator in the area of privacy law. During her career she had also taught Law and had written and spoken often on legal topics. She has been with the Academy for over five years and has co-facilitated several workshops.

David Phillips is a retired lawyer and association executive in the financial services industry where he specialized in financial regulation. David appreciates the opportunity that retirement provides to pursue a range of interests – Canadian history in particular. David has been a member of the Academy for five years.

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