Auton et al. v. British Columbia (Minister of Health) et al., 2001 BCSC 220

JudgeAllan, J.
CourtSupreme Court of British Columbia (Canada)
Case DateFebruary 06, 2001
JurisdictionBritish Columbia
Citations2001 BCSC 220;[2001] B.C.T.C. 220 (SC)

Auton v. B.C., [2001] B.C.T.C. 220 (SC)

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Temp. Cite: [2001] B.C.T.C. TBEd. FE.049

Connor Auton, an infant, by his Guardian Ad Litem, Michelle Auton, and the said Michelle Auton in her personal capacity, Michelle Tamir, an infant, by her Guardian Ad Litem, Sabrina Freeman, and the said Sabrina Freeman in her personal capacity, Jordon Lefaivre, an infant, by his Guardian Ad Litem, Leighton Lefaivre, and the said Leighton Lefaivre in his personal capacity, Russell Gordon Pearce, an Infant, by his Guardian Ad Litem, Janet Gordon Pearce, and the said Janet Gordon Pearce in her personal capacity (petitioners) v. The Attorney General of British Columbia and the Medical Services Commission of British Columbia (respondents)

(C984120; 2001 BCSC 220)

Indexed As: Auton et al. v. British Columbia (Minister of Health) et al.

British Columbia Supreme Court

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Allan, J.

February 6, 2001.

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Civil Rights - Topic 8375

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms - Denial of rights - Remedies - Damages.

Civil Rights - Topic 8377

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms - Denial of rights - Remedies - Prerogative writs.

Civil Rights - Topic 8380.25

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms - Denial of rights - Remedies - Declaration of rights.

Cases Noticed:

Auton et al. v. British Columbia (Minister of Health) et al., [2000] B.C.T.C. 536; 78 B.C.L.R.(3d) 55 (S.C.), refd to. [para. 1].

Auton et al. v. British Columbia (Minister of Health) et al. (1999), 7 B.C.T.C. 258; 32 C.P.C.(4th) 305 (S.C.), refd to. [para. 7].

Gamble v. R., [1988] 2 S.C.R. 595; 89 N.R. 161; 31 O.A.C. 81; 66 C.R.(3d) 193; 45 C.C.C.(3d) 204, refd to. [para. 12].

R. v. Gamble - see Gamble v. R.

Perera et al. v. Canada, [1998] 3 F.C. 381; 225 N.R. 162 (F.C.A.), refd to. [para. 12].

Dixon v. British Columbia (Attorney General) (1989), 35 B.C.L.R.(2d) 273 (S.C.), refd to. [para. 12].

Osborne, Millar and Barnhart et al. v. Canada (Treasury Board) et al., [1991] 2 S.C.R. 69; 125 N.R. 241; 82 D.L.R.(4th) 321, refd to. [para. 12].

Eldridge et al. v. British Columbia (Attorney General) et al., [1997] 3 S.C.R. 624; 218 N.R. 161; 96 B.C.A.C. 81; 155 W.A.C. 81; 38 B.C.L.R.(3d) 1, refd to. [para. 15].

Marchand v. Board of Education of Simcoe (County) (1986), 29 D.L.R.(4th) 596 (Ont. H.C.), refd to. [para. 18].

Levesque v. Canada (Attorney General) (1985), 25 D.L.R.(4th) 184 (F.C.T.D.), refd to. [para. 18].

Schachter v. Canada et al., [1992] 2 S.C.R. 679; 139 N.R. 1; 93 D.L.R.(4th) 1; 92 C.L.L.C. 14,036; 10 C.R.R.(2d) 1, refd to. [para. 26].

Reference Re Public Schools Act (Man.), [1993] 1 S.C.R. 839; 149 N.R. 241; 83 Man.R.(2d) 241; 36 W.A.C. 241, refd to. [para. 28].

Mahe, Martel, Dubé and Association d'Ecole Georges et Julia Bugnet v. Alberta, [1990] 1 S.C.R. 342; 105 N.R. 321; 106 A.R. 321, refd to. [para. 28].

Vriend et al. v. Alberta, [1998] 1 S.C.R. 493; 224 N.R. 1; 212 A.R. 237; 168 W.A.C. 237; 156 D.L.R.(4th) 385, refd to. [para. 46].

McKinney v. University of Guelph et al., [1990] 3 S.C.R. 229; 118 N.R. 1; 45 O.A.C. 1; 76 D.L.R.(4th) 545; 2 C.R.R.(2d) 1, refd to. [para. 50].

Lewis v. Board of Education of School District No. 41 (Burnaby) (1992), 7 B.C.L.R.(2d) 183 (S.C.), refd to. [para. 51].

Crossman v. Canada (1984), 9 D.L.R.(4th) 588 (F.C.T.D.), refd to. [para. 52].

Jane Doe v. Board of Police Commissioners of Metropolitan Toronto et al. (1998), 60 O.T.C. 321; 160 D.L.R.(4th) 697 (Gen. Div.), refd to. [para. 53].

Guimond v. Quebec (Procureur genéral), [1996] 3 S.C.R. 347; 201 N.R. 380, refd to. [para. 55].

Shewfelt v. Canada (1997), 28 B.C.L.R.(3d) 340 (S.C.), refd to. [para. 55].

Stenner v. British Columbia Securities Commission et al. (1993), 23 Admin. L.R.(2d) 247 (B.C.S.C.), affd. (1996), 82 B.C.A.C. 124; 133 W.A.C. 124; 141 D.L.R.(4th) 122 (C.A.), refd to. [para. 55].

Krznaric v. Chevrette et al. (1997), 48 O.T.C. 85; 154 D.L.R.(4th) 527 (Gen. Div.), refd to. [para. 56].

Little Sisters Book and Art Emporium et al. v. Canada (Minister of Justice) et al. (2000), 263 N.R. 203; 145 B.C.A.C. 1; 237 W.A.C. 1 (S.C.C.) affd. (1996), 48 C.P.C.(3d) 323 (B.C.S.C.), refd to. [para. 67].

Statutes Noticed:

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, 1982, sect. 24(1) [para. 11].

Authors and Works Noticed:

Pilkington, Marilyn, Damages as a Remedy for Infringement of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1984), 62 Can. Bar Rev. 517, p. 519 [para. 13].

Roach, Kent, Constitutional Remedies in Canada (2000), para. 11.420 [para. 57].

Counsel:

C.E. Hinkson, Q.C., and Birgitta Von Krosigk, for the petitioners;

Lisa Mrozinski and Leah Greathead, for the respondents.

This application was heard in Vancouver, B.C., on November 14 and 15, 2000, before Allan, J., of the British Columbia Supreme Court, who delivered the following judgment on February 6, 2001.

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