2009 News

December 29, 2009 John F. Evans and Michael Bordin settle nationally publicized Caledonia case. John and Michael recently acted as counsel in the nationally publicized claim brought by a Caledonia family against the OPP and the Province. The case was the first to reach trial arising out of the events surrounding the aboriginal protest and occupation of the DCE. The family sought compensation from the OPP for psychological injury and its consequences as a direct result of the policing of DCE and the surrounding area, and damages against the Province caused by the nuisance arising from the occupation of the provincially owned DCE. The claim was settled out of Court after 4 weeks of trial.

Michael Bordin and John Evans are currently representing the Plaintiffs, Dave Brown and Dana Chatwell, in the Caledonia trial.  The OPP and the Province of Ontario are defending.  The trial is attracting national media interest.

Coverage from Christie Blatchford of The Globe and Mail
Dec 7 2009 Endless committees don’t make up for police inaction toward violence
Dec 4 2009 A family shares its private disintegration
Dec 3 2009 Timbit Grannies’ were my police
Nov 27 2009 Two protests, two different OPP responses
Nov 25 2009 Welcome to Caledonia, where flying the flag is asking for a fight
Nov 24 2009 In a corner, Crown counters by attacking the plaintiffs
Nov 17 2009 With a shotgun and his dog, he tried to defend his Caledonia home


July 5 – 12, 2009 John F. Evans has been invited to coach at Osgoode Hall for their 30th Annual Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop.
John will be coaching on Tuesday, July 7, 2009.  The Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop is well suited for lawyers who have one to five years of legal experience and limited trial experience.  To register for this workshop or for more information, please visit the website:  www.osgoodepd.ca

On February 19, 2009 Liza Sheard will co-chair and present a paper at the Hamilton Law Association’s 7th Annual Estates & Trusts Seminar. For more information or to register for this seminar please click here.

February 2009 Paul Sweeny appointed to the Advisory Committee on Judicial Appointments for the Province of Ontario (West & South) by the Canadian Bar Association.