David Mitchell, chair of the Board of Directors, Toronto Community Housing, today announced that the Honourable Patrick LeSage, Q.C., former Chief Justice of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, will lead the independent third-party review into the eviction of tenant Al Gosling.
The review will identify whether gaps existed that led to Mr. Gosling's eviction and the broader factors that can put vulnerable tenancies at risk. It will also recommend solutions for improving the response to vulnerable tenants.
"The naming of Mr. LeSage is an example of Toronto Community Housing's commitment to being open, transparent and accountable, and to ensure successful tenancies for all residents especially those most vulnerable," said David Mitchell. "I can't think of a more suitable leader to help identify the issues and assist us in finding solutions than Mr. LeSage," said Mitchell. With this announcement there is a commitment from management to fully cooperate with the review. "In launching this independent third-party review, Toronto Community Housing seeks advice to improve its organizational procedures and strengthen the broader systemic response to vulnerable tenancies," said Keiko Nakamura, acting chief executive officer of Toronto Community Housing. "I am pleased that Mr. LeSage has agreed to take on this important work," Nakamura said.
During his 29 years on the bench, Mr. LeSage presided over some of Canada's most publicized and complex cases.The work on the review will begin right away. The report will be delivered to the Board of Toronto Community Housing and will be made public.
The Honourable Patrick J. LeSage, CM, QC
Former Chief Justice of the Ontario Superior Court, Patrick LeSage is currently providing advice on complex disputes with the law firm Gowlings (Gowling Lafleur Henderson) and he also acts as a mediator, arbitrator, and/or fact finder in significant private and public sector matters.
Patrick LeSage began his distinguished career as a Crown Attorney in the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, where he rose to the position of the Director of Crown Attorneys for Ontario. Appointed to the County and District Court in 1975, he became Associate Chief Judge of that Court in 1983. In 1994 he became Associate Chief Justice and in 1996 was appointed Chief Justice of what is now the Superior Court of Justice for Ontario, a position he held until September 2002.
During his remarkable 29 years on the bench, Mr. LeSage presided over some of Canada's most publicized and complex cases. He lectured extensively to judges, law students and law societies. He was involved in introducing gender and racial equality seminars for judges in the late 1980's. Mr. LeSage was a member of the Equality Committee and the Administration of Justice Committee of the Canadian Judicial Council, and is a past Director of the Canadian Judges Conference.
He was appointed by the Government of Ontario to conduct an extensive review of Ontario's police complaints system. His final report, presented to the Attorney General in 2005, contained 27 recommendations aimed at creating a new and independent police review body that would be both equitable and effective for all.
Mr. LeSage was appointed a Commissioner of the Ontario Securities Commission in December 2005. In December 2005, the Attorney General of Manitoba appointed him to conduct an inquiry into the first-degree murder conviction of James Driskell. Mr. LeSage was awarded a D.C.L. (H.C.) from the University of Windsor in 1996 and an LL.D (H.C.) from Laurentian University in 2001. For his lifelong commitment to justice and public service throughout his distinguished career, Mr. LeSage was awarded an LL.D (H.C.) by the Law Society of Upper Canada in July 2006.
In December 2007 Mr. LeSage was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to the Ontario judiciary, notably as Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Ontario, and for his ongoing dedication to public service.
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