Eugene Oscapella, B.A., LL.B, LL.M.

Barrister and Solicitor

Oscapella and Associates Consulting Ltd.

 Advising on Canadian legislative and policy developments

Since 1985

Ottawa, Canada


Eugene Oscapella specializes in research about legislative, trade and social policy developments in Canada.  For more than a quarter century he has served both the public and private sectors through timely, readable research and clear policy advice on a range of issues. These issues include privacy, human rights, drug policy, medical-legal subjects, defence, intelligence, national security and criminal justice matters. He also provides writing and editing services for numerous bodies, from commissions of inquiry to government departments and agencies. His company, Oscapella and Associates, provides a window on Canada for organizations needing follow legislative and policy developments in Canada's provincial and federal governments.


In April 2011, Eugene Oscapella received the Kaiser Foundation National Award for Excellence in Public Policy.


Here is more information about our services and some of our clients and projects. We can also tell you more about Eugene Oscapella, his publications and his lectures, both in Canada and abroad. 

 

Tel: 613-238-5909  1-800-668-5909
eugene@oscapella.ca
www.oscapella.ca

 

 

 

Eugene Oscapella

Eugene Oscapella is an Ottawa lawyer and the President of Oscapella and Associates Consulting Ltd.

Mr. Oscapella completed an undergraduate degree in economics at the University of Toronto (1974), obtained his law degree from the University of Ottawa (1977), and received his Masters of Laws from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1979). He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1980.

From 1980 to 1981, Mr. Oscapella served as a counsel to the Commission of Inquiry Concerning Certain Activities of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. From 1982 to 1985, he was Director of Legislation and Law Reform for the Canadian Bar Association. Since 1985, his company has offered research services and policy and strategic advice on Canadian legislative and social policy issues.

Mr. Oscapella is a founding member of the Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy, and was a former chair and member of the policy committee of the Canadian Criminal Justice Association.  He lectures in criminology at the University of Ottawa, and frequently lectures elsewhere on privacy and drug policy issues.  His research has been published in Canada and abroad. 

In April 2011, Eugene Oscapella received the Kaiser Foundation National Award for Excellence in Public Policy for his work over the past two decades on drug policy reform.


Selected Presentations and Lectures

Mr. Oscapella lectures widely on drug policy, privacy and human rights issues. Among his addresses:

  • Sessional lecturer, Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa (since 2000)
  • “The Role of Lawyers’ Associations in Law Reform in Canada,” UNDP - Vietnam Lawyers Association Professional Skills Workshop on Lawyers’ Associations’ Participation in Legislative Drafting and Policy Submissions, Hanoi, Vietnam, October 1, 2007
  • Keynote address, Second Encounter of Members of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Powers Concerning Drug Policy, Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 28, 2007
  • Perspectives on Prohibition,” Faculty of Law, University of Buenos Aires (June 25, 2007), Department of Psychology, University of Buenos Aires (June 26, 2007), Faculty of Law, National University of Rosario (June 29, 2007)
  • Surveillance, the War on Drugs and the War on Terrorism,” 17th Conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy, Montreal, May 1, 2007
  • “Regulatory Options for a Public Health-oriented Approach to Illegal Drugs,” Canadian Conference on the Public’s Health and the Law, Toronto, November 6, 2006
  • “Drug Testing in the Employment Context,” International Privacy Officers Network Roundtable, Toronto, October 17, 2006
  • “Drugs, Drug Laws and Treaties, and Nurses,” Hear & Now: Harm Reduction in Nursing Practice, Vancouver, BC, April 29, 2006
  • “Perspectives on Prohibition in the 21st Century,” V Congreso de Prevención y Asistencia de la Drogadependencia, internacional, Córdoba, Argentina, October 28, 2005
  • “Developments in Canadian Drug Policy,” National University of Rosario, Rosario, Argentina, November 1, 2005
  • “Impact of the USA Patriot Act on managing personal data in a multinational corporation,” Privacy Laws and Business Annual Conference, Cambridge, UK, July 5, 2005
  • “Drug Prohibition, Human Rights and National Security,” Human Rights and International Relations: (IN)SECURITY: A Student-Organized Interdisciplinary Conference on Canada’s First National Security Policy, Ottawa, March 24, 2005
  •  “Dealing with Cannabis,” Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Ontario, February 12, 2005
  • with Senator Pierre Claude Nolin, “The Illegal Drugs Phenomenon: The Need for an Innovative Local and National Strategy,” Syracuse, NY, October 28, 2004
  • Series of lectures and public presentations, University of Hawai’i (departments of criminology, sociology and law) and Hawai’i Pacific University, and various media appearances, Honolulu, Hawai’i, September 20-24, 2004
  • “Human Rights and Drug Policy” and “HIV/AIDS and Harm Reduction in Canada,” Vanguard 2004 Conference, Belgrade, Serbia, May 20, 21, 2004 
  •  “Current Technologies and Personal Privacy,” Conscience and Science: Forum on Biotechnology, Ethics and the Future, Vancouver, BC, April 28-29, 2004
  • “Regulating Cannabis:  The Alternatives,” British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, Vancouver BC, Vancouver, May 8, 2004
  • “Privacy and Security – Achieving a Balance,” Conference for the Access to Information & Privacy Community, Ottawa, April 1, 2004
  • “Drug Prohibition and Terrorism,” First Latin American and Caribbean Conference on the Reduction of Drug-related Harms, Sao Paulo, Brazil, February 9-12, 2004
  • “Assessing Approaches to Drugs,” Canadian Criminal Justice Association Congress, Vancouver, BC, November 6, 2003
  • Appearance before House of Commons Justice Committee to discuss Bill C-38, amendments to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and the Contraventions Act, relating to cannabis, Ottawa, November 3, 2003
  • “Choice of Instruments,” Department of Justice Seminar, Ottawa, October 29, 2003
  • “How Drug Prohibition Finances and Otherwise Enables Terrorism,” Senlis Council Drug Policy Advisory Forum, Lisbon, Portugal, October 25, 2003
  • “Some Fundamental Concerns with Bill C-38,” Library of Parliament Seminar, Ottawa, October 10, 2003
  • “Workplace Testing: Genetics, Alcohol and Drugs,” Privacy Laws and Business 16th Annual International Conference, Cambridge, UK, July 9, 2003
  • “Developments in Canadian Cannabis Policy,” National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, San Francisco, California, April 19, 2002
  • Drug Policy in the Shadow of the Elephant,” James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, Houston, Texas, April 11, 2002 
  • Testimony, House of Commons Special Committee on Non-Medical Use of Drugs, Ottawa, February 28, 2002
  • “Global Drug Policy Issues,” Substance Use and the Conditionally Released Offender: A Harm Reduction Perspective, Greater Victoria Criminal Justice Forum, Victoria, BC, February 23, 2002
  • “Genetic Privacy: Still An Issue,”  Department of Justice Biotechnology 2002 Conference, Ottawa, February 21-22, 2002
  • Testimony and brief, How Drug Prohibition Finances and Otherwise Enables Terrorism,” Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs, Ottawa, October 29, 2001
  • Testimony and briefs (“Profiteers and Prohibition” and Witch Hunts and Chemical McCarthyism: The Criminal Law and Twentieth Century Canadian Drug Policy), Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs, Ottawa, October 16, 2000
  • “Developments in Canadian Drug Policy,” Department of Criminology, Carleton University, Ottawa, November 10, 2000
  • “Futility in the War on Drugs,” Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba, October 26, 2000
  • “The War on Drugs: Lost Liberties Amidst Endless Futility,” Libertarian Party of Manitoba, October 26, 2000
  • “Futility in the War on Drugs,” Department of Criminology, University of Manitoba, October 27, 2000
  • “Ethical Issues in the War on Drugs,” Department of Ethics, University of Manitoba, October 27, 2000
  • "The New Data protection Law in Canada" and "The Conflict Within the Health Sector: More Information, Less Privacy?", Privacy Laws & Business, 13th Annual International Conference, Cambridge, UK, July 3-5, 2000
  • "The Americanization of Canadian Drug Policies", The Drug Policy Foundation, Washington, D.C., May 20, 2000
  • Seven addresses on drug policy issues, "Keeping the Doors Open," Conference sponsored by St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, B.C., March 1-4, 2000
  • “Canadian Drug Policy and Breakthroughs in Chronic Pain Treatment”, REACH conference on chronic pain as a disability, Ottawa, November 20, 1999
  • “Legal and Ethical Issues in the Care, Treatment and Support of HIV Positive Injection Drug Users”, 10th International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm, Geneva, Switzerland, March 23, 1999
  • “Legal and Ethical Issues in the Care, Treatment and Support of HIV Positive Injection Drug Users”,  Injection Drug Use -- Societal Challenges, University of Montreal, March 14, 1999
  • “The Failures of Canada’s Drug Laws”, University of Ottawa, Department of Criminology, March 11, 1999
  • "Profiteers and Prohibition", International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, 12th International Conference, "Drugs, Criminal Justice and Social Policy", St. Michael, Barbados, August 11, 1998
  • "HIV, Injection Drug Use, and Care, Treatment and Support: Legal and Ethical Issues", 12th World AIDS Conference, Geneva, Switzerland, July 1, 1998
  • "Drug Prohibition: An Old Pursuit, A New Witch", Humanist Association of Canada, Ottawa, June 13, 1998
  • "International Human Rights Instruments: The Constitutional Law of the International Community?", Atlantic Centre for Human Rights, Fredericton, New Brunswick, June 1, 1998
  • "Witch Hunts and Chemical McCarthyism: The Criminal Law and Twentieth Century Canadian Drug Policy", Fraser Institute Conference on Sensible Solutions to the Urban Drug Problem, Vancouver, April 21, 1998, Toronto, October 1998
  • "Developments in Canadian Drug Policy" and "Human Rights Issues and Drug Policy", 9th International Conference on the Reduction of Drug-related Harm, Sao Paulo, Brazil, March 15-19, 1998
  • "Canada's Cannabis Laws and Policies," Carleton University Hemp Club, Clearing the Smoke: An Open Forum Discussion on Hemp and Marijuana, Ottawa, January 30, 1998
  • "Canadian Drug Policy," Kiwanis Sage Club, Ottawa, December 3, 1997
  • "The Failures of Canadian Drug Policy," Carleton University, Ottawa, Course on Addictions, December 1, 1997
  • Saskatchewan Legal Education Society, Saskatoon and Regina, November 20 and 21, 1997, "Workplace Privacy"
  • University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, discussion of Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, November 6, 1997
  • Canadian Parliamentary Affairs Channel (CPAC), October 26, 1997, debate with Dr. Grant Hill, MP, and Senator Pierre Claude Nolin concerning Canada's drug laws
  • Congress '97, Canadian Criminal Justice Association, "Fear of Drugs", Ottawa, September 21, 1997
  • "Canada's Drug Laws: A National Injustice", speech to the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa, August 22, 1997
  • "Genetics and the Dangerously Curious: Genetic Testing and Privacy", address to the 10th Annual Privacy Laws and Business Conference, Cambridge, U.K. (July 1997)
  • "Privacy rights in the era of government privatization", Law Society of Upper Canada/Carleton County Law Association/Canadian Bar Association (Ontario)/Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa conference on Privatization and Commercialization, The New Business of Government, Friday, May 2, 1997, Ottawa
  • "The Privacy Implications of Laws on Illegal Drugs" and "Developments in Canadian Drug Policy", addresses to the 8th International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm, Paris (March 1997)
  • Appearance for the Canadian Criminal Justice Association before House of Commons Standing Committee on Health to discuss consequences of drug prohibition on health (February 1997)
  • "Privacy -- a fundamental right under siege", Carleton University Department of Law, civil liberties course, February 20, 1997
  • Appearance before House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Rights to address privacy issues flowing from genetic testing and drug testing (December 1996)
  • National Cancer Institute, Kannanaskis, Alberta, "Medical Confidentiality and Cancer Research" (November 1996)
  • Drug Policy Foundation, Washington, D.C., "Developments in Canadian Laws on Illegal Drugs" (November 1996)
  • Appearance before House of Commons Standing Committee on Health, Ottawa, calling for a change in direction in Canada's laws and policies regarding currently illegal drugs (October 1996)
  • National Conference on Disability and the Workplace, Toronto, "Medical Confidentiality in the Workplace" (October 1996)
  • OASIS, Ottawa, "How Canada's Laws on Illegal Drugs Contrubute to the Spread of HIV and Hepatitis Infections" (October 1996)
  • 18th International Conference on Data Protection, Ottawa, Canada, "Drug Policy and Privacy" (September 1996)
  • 1996 Trends in Justice Conference, Ottawa, Canada, "Technology, Drug Policy and Privacy" (September 1996)
  • Conference on Harm Reduction Around the World: New Approaches to Illicit Drugs, AIDS and Social Policy, Vancouver, B.C., "How prohibitionist drug laws contribute to the spread of HIV infection and other blood-borne diseases" (July 1996)
  • Appearance for the Canadian Criminal Justice Association before House of Commons Standing Committee on Health, Ottawa, calling for a change in direction in Canada's laws and policies regarding illegal drugs, February 1996
  •  "How prohibitionist drug laws contribute to the spread of HIV infection and other blood-borne diseases," Harm Reduction Around the World: New Approaches to Illicit Drugs, AIDS and Social Policy, Vancouver, B.C., July 7, 1996
  • "The folly of prohibitionist drug laws," Inner City Challenges: Drugs and Harm Reduction, Toronto, Canada, April 17, 1996
  • Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Ottawa, December 14, 1995. Appearance for the Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy to challenge the proposed Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • "Genetic Privacy," Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, Canada, Genetics and the Law Symposium, October 21, 1995
  • "Canadian Tobacco Laws and Policies," Ninth International Conference on Drug Policy Reform, Santa Monica, California, October 19, 1995
  • "An Outsider's Perspective on America's War on Drugs," New College of Law, San Francisco, California, October 16, 1995
  • Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Australia, Sydney, Australia, presentation on recent privacy developments in genetics and drug testing, July 5, 1995
  • "Privacy Issues relating to the Information Highway" and "Genetics and Privacy," Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, June 29, 1995
  • New Zealand Employer's Federation and New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, "Employee Drug Testing", Wellington, New Zealand (June 30, 1995); "Drug testing", lecture at Auckland University for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (July 3, 1995)
  • "Drug Testing and Privacy," York University Executive Development Program, Toronto, Canada, March 1995
  • "Developments in Canadian Drug Policy," Drug Policy Foundation, Washington, D.C.,  November 1994
  • "The Impact of Drug Policy on the Spread of HIV Infection among Drug Users," Eighth Annual British Columbia HIV/AIDS Conference, Vancouver, November 1994
  • "Government and Genetic Privacy", World Congress on Medical Law, Jerusalem, Israel, August 1994
  • "Civil liberties and drug policy", "Drug testing and privacy", and "Hair analysis (for drug testing), privacy and other human rights, "Fifth International Conference on the Reduction of Drug-related Harm, Toronto, Canada, March 1994
  • "Privacy in the Age of Technological Voyeurism," University of British Columbia, Faculty of Commerce, Vancouver, February 1994
  • "Civil Liberties Implications of Treating Drugs as a Criminal Justice Issue" (February, 1994); "Drug Policy and AIDS" (November 1994), Simon Fraser University, Department of Psychology, Burnaby, British Columbia
  • "The Failure of Criminal Justice in Coping with HIV Infection and Drugs," Second Annual Workshop on HIV, Alcohol and Drug Use, Edmonton, Alberta, February 1994
  •  "Privacy Issues in Medical Research," National Forum on Breast Cancer, Montreal, November 1993
  • "Witch Hunts and Chemical McCarthyism: The Criminal Law and Twentieth Century Canadian Drug Policy," Canadian Criminal Justice Association, Congress '93, Quebec City, October 1993
  •  "Witch Hunts and Chemical McCarthyism: The Criminal Law and Twentieth Century Canadian Drug Policy," Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, Ottawa, June 1993
  • "Privacy and Epidemiological Research, "Canadian Epidemiological Society, Laval University, Quebec City, June 1993
  •  "Privacy issues relating to genetic, drug and HIV/AIDS testing," Privacy Laws and Business, London, U.K., October 1992
  • "The Privacy Implications of Drug Testing," University of British Columbia, Executive Programmes, Vancouver, October 1992 and March 1993
  • "Privacy and Epidemiological Research," American Society of Law and Medicine, Third International Conference on Health Law and Ethics, Toronto, July 1992

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Research publications and other writing

Several of Mr. Oscapella's major studies have been published in Canada or abroad, as have been several pieces for the mainstream press. He has also done several commentaries on legal and social issues for CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) radio and has been featured in several documentaries.

  • Associate Editor, Privacy Laws & Business International Newsletter (UK), 2001-04, ongoing contributor
  • Contributions as researcher, editor, to report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182 (2008-2010)
  • Principal consultant to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada for study of privacy implications of identity management: Identity, Privacy and the Need of Others to Know Who You Are: A Discussion Paper on Identity Issues (2006-07) 
  • “Illegal Drugs and Terrorism Financing,” INTERSEC (The Journal of International Security), vol. 14, issue 11/12, November/December 2004 at 351-53
  • with 9 others, “Harm Reduction: Pragmatic Drug Policies for Public Health and Safety,” in Joyce Lowinson et al, ed., Substance Abuse: A Comprehensive Textbook (4th ed. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia: 2005) 1229-49
  • “A Review and Analysis of the Policy and Legislative Options Developed by the Department of Justice to Protect Genetic Information and Privacy” (Department of Justice, 2003)
  • “The Legal Framework Relating to Genetic Testing in Employment” (Human Resources Development Canada, 2002-03)
  • Privacy Issues Relating to Locating Missing Persons and Identifying Human Remains in Areas of Conflict (International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)), Geneva, 2002
  • Adviser to the Hon. Sheila Finestone, Senator, on the development of a draft Privacy Rights Charter (introduced in Canada’s Senate in 2000)
  • “Cannabis in Canada - a Puzzling Policy” (with P. Erickson), International Journal of Drug Policy
  •  “Genetics, Privacy and Discrimination: A Survey Prepared for the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee” (for Industry Canada, 2000)
  • “Personal Health Information and the Health Info-structure: Surveys of Interested Organizations” (for Health Canada, 1998)
  • “Workplace Surveillance: Serving the Omniscient State”, (1998), 6 Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal 341
  • Book review, "From Mister Sin to Mister Big: A History of Australian Drug Laws", 24 Contemporary Drug Problems (1997) 409
  • Drug Prohibition and Crime: Wilful Blindness, Forum, Vol. 21, No.7 (Federation of Canadian Municipalities magazine), November/December 1997, at 20
  • "Illegal Drugs Policy, AIDS and Hepatitis: from Prohibition to Harm Reduction", Medicine and Law (Vol. 15, No. 3) December 1996
  • "Drug Testing and Privacy", Canadian Labour Law Journal (1994)
  • "Chemical McCarthyism", (1993), 9 Justice Report 1
  • Overview of Canadian Laws Relating to Privacy and Confidentiality in the Medical Context, for the Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies (March 1994)
  • Genetic Testing and Privacy, published by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (May 1992)
  • Drug Testing and Privacy, for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (1990)
  • HIV/AIDS: A Need for Privacy, for the Information/Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (1990) (principal consultant)
  • HIV/AIDS in the Workplace, for the Information/Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (1989) (principal consultant)
  • AIDS and the Privacy Act, for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (1989)
  • Law Reform Commission of Canada Working Paper on Classification of Offences (1987) (co-author)
  • Law Reform Commission of Canada study on trial within a reasonable time (1995) (consultant)
  • "CMA Calls for Action to Deal with Malpractice Insurance 'Crisis'", 135 Can. Med. Assoc. Journal 145 (1986) (co-author)
  • Contributions to Second and Third Reports of the Royal Commission Concerning Certain Activities of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (the McDonald Commission) (1981)
  • "A Study of Informers in England", [1980] Criminal Law Review 136
  • "Regina v. Kundeus", 8 Ottawa Law Review 91 (1976)

 

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Oscapella and Associates -- Services

 

  •  detailed research on Canadian legislative, trade and social policy issues
  •  legislative monitoring - following the progress of legislation through the House of Commons, the Senate and committees of Parliament
  •  preparation of policy and briefing papers and major speeches
  •  educational seminars and lectures
  •  using plain language to write about complex issues
  •  monitoring Canadian media and specialist publications

 


Areas of specialty

  •  privacy issues relating to health, employment, criminal justice, identity, national security and corporate activity
  •  health and social policy
  •  criminal justice policy
  •  policy and law governing illegal drugs
  •  public security, terrorism and intelligence
  •  environment
  •  access to justice
  •  medical/legal issues and epidemiological research 
  •  human rights

 

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Oscapella and Associates - the public sector clients we have served


Canadian Bar Association

Canadian Medical Association

Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics

Canadian Council on Social Development

Commission of Inquiry into the Deployment of Canadian Forces to Somalia

Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities (the Gomery Inquiry)

Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182

Commonwealth Secretariat (London)

Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

Department of Justice

Department of Transport

Environment Canada

Health Canada

Human Rights Institute of Canada

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Geneva

Integrity Commissioner of Ontario

Law Reform Commission of Canada

Ministry of the Solicitor General of Canada

National Associations Active in Criminal Justice

New Zealand Privacy Commissioner

Office of the Hon. Sheila Finestone, Senator

Offices of the Information/Privacy Commissioners of Ontario, British Columbia

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Ontario Law Reform Commission

Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada

Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies

Secretary of State

Security Intelligence Review Committee

United Nations Development Program

* and private sector clients in Canada and abroad


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Oscapella and Associates - Representative Projects  (public sector clients only)

 

COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO THE INVESTIGATION OF THE BOMBING OF AIR INDIA FLIGHT 182, researcher, writer, editor (2008-10)

OFFICE OF THE PRIVACY COMMISSIONER OF CANADA, principal consultant for study of privacy implications of identity management (2006-07)

PUBLIC SAFETY AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CANADA, “Privacy, Law Enforcement, Public Security and Anti-Terrorism Measures” (2003)

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, CANADA, A Review and Analysis of the Policy and Legislative Options Developed by the Department of Justice to Protect Genetic Information and Privacy (2003)

HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT CANADA, “The Legal Framework Relating to Genetic Testing in Employment” (2002-03)

INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS (ICRC), Geneva, “Privacy Issues Relating to Locating Missing Persons and Identifying Human Remains in Areas of Conflict ( 2002-03)

HON. SHEILA FINESTONE, SENATOR, adviser on the development of a draft Privacy Rights Charter (introduced in Canada’s Senate in 2000)

CANADIAN BIOTECHNOLOGY ADVISORY COMMITTEE, “Genetics, Privacy and Discrimination: A Survey Prepared for the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee” (2002)

OFFICE OF THE PRIVACY COMMISSIONER OF CANADA - policy studies: Genetic Testing and Privacy (published 1992); Drug Testing and Privacy (published 1990); AIDS and the Privacy Act (published 1989); studies on surveillance issues generally and the privacy implications associated with information highway technologies (1994-95)

OFFICE OF THE INFORMATION AND PRIVACY COMMISSIONER (ONTARIO) - principal consultant for two discussion papers on the impact of the Ontario Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 1987 on the handling of AIDS-related personal information by the Ontario government (published 1989 and 1990)

INUIT TAPIRISAT OF CANADA - study on privacy rights, consent and other legal and ethical issues relating to research in Inuit communities (1993)

ROYAL COMMISSION ON NEW REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGIES - overview of Canadian law relating to privacy and confidentiality in the medical context (published 1994), advice on privacy and other legal issues

CANADIAN FOUNDATION FOR DRUG POLICY (pro bono) - research papers and addresses on Canadian and international drug policy issues (1993 onwards)

LAW REFORM COMMISSION OF CANADA/CANADIAN CENTRE ON SUBSTANCE ABUSE - chair, drug policy group, to identify and explore new approaches to dealing with the harm of licit and illicit drug use (1990-91)

ONTARIO LAW REFORM COMMISSION - issues paper on legal and ethical issues relating to genetic testing (1991-92)

LAW REFORM COMMISSION OF CANADA - review of present and proposed criminal procedure provisions to ensure complete coverage of issues in new Code of Criminal Procedure (1987-88); principal consultant (with V. Del Buono) for working paper, Classification of Offences (published 1987); consultant on study of Trial Within a Reasonable Time (published 1995); addresses for Commission President and Vice-President (1985-89)

ENVIRONMENT CANADA - training manuals explaining the operation of federal regulations governing ozone-depleting substances and new chemical substances (1993-95)

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE - edit prosecution policy manual (1991-92, 2005); rewrite and edit procedures manual explaining the operation of Canada's mutual legal assistance treaty with the United States in criminal matters (published 1990); prepare conceptual framework for evaluating international law function of the Department (1987); assemble, edit and write portions of 20,000 word report on proceedings of National Forum on Youth and the Law (published 1987); prepare addresses on justice issues for Ministers of Justice (1983-2003)

DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS - policy document for the general public outlining Canada's international trade strategy (1989)

RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) Public Complaints Commission - assembly and editing of annual report (1991)

NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS ACTIVE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (NAACJ) - government liaison, tracking legislative and policy developments, organizing seminars, administering 22 member coalition of national Voluntary sector organizations interested in criminal justice (1987-88); organizer and animator for national seminar on reducing the harm of drug use (1988)

DEPARTMENT OF INDIAN AFFAIRS AND NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT - 50,000 word plain language manual explaining procedures for administering Indian estates (1987); study on the operation of the Department's test case funding program (1988-89)

CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION - tracking the development and implementation of legislation and policies having an impact on the medical profession (1985-1989)

CANADIAN COUNCIL ON SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT (Court Challenges Program) - proposal to federal government to expand mandate of Court Challenges Program relating to the equality rights provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1987)

SECRETARY OF STATE (MULTICULTURALISM) - compilation of literature titles on the differential treatment of racial and ethnic minorities in the Canadian legal system (1987)

CANADIAN CENTRE FOR JUSTICE STATISTICS - flow chart model and accompanying narrative explaining decision making points in adult criminal court process (1986-87, 1991); comparative study of legal aid tariffs and tariff structures in Canada (1985)

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT - addresses on transportation issues for Minister of Transport (1988-89)

HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTE OF CANADA - recommendations to the Law Reform Commission of Canada on appropriate human rights issues for study by the Commission (1988)


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