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November 2020

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Page 12 of 43 11 further information on the matter, Green says. The investigator is then supposed to conduct confidential interviews, gather relevant evidence and give the judge a chance to answer the complaint, he says. According to CJC rules, it has a legal duty to investigate the allegations against Spiro, Green says. Osgoode Hall Law School Professor Craig Scott also lodged a complaint with the CJC and asked that his complaint be consolidated with Green's. The controversy at the U of T's International Human Rights Program captured interna- tional headlines. On Sept. 17, the Toronto Star reported that the faculty advisory board of the IHRP had resigned, after Iacobucci was accused of rescinding an offer for the IHRP's director- ship to Dr. Valentina Azarova, a scholar of international law and human rights. Iacobucci and Kelly Hannah-Moffat, vice president of human resources and equity, both denied a job offer had been made in the first place. Former IHRP directors Carmen Cheung and Samer Muscati contradicted that assertion in a letter to Iacobucci, saying the U of T had arranged an immigration lawyer to advise Azarova, who lives in Germany, and that she had begun plan- ning the move to Canada. They also alleged that Iacobucci's decision to reverse the job offer came under pressure from a sitting judge on the Tax Court of Canada who objected to Azarova's work on Israel's human rights abuses in Palestine. The Star later reported that sources had named the judge: David Spiro, a "major donor to the faculty." 'Change is needed all over the place' in Canadian justice system: Annamie Paul Q&A Career highlights: » Director for a leading conflict prevention NGO in Brussels » Advisor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague » Political officer in Canada's mission to the European Union » Co-founder and co- director of BIPP HUB, an innovation hub for international NGOs » Board member or advisor for Climate Infrastructure Partnership, Higher Education Alliance for Refugees and Institute for Integrated Transitions Annamie Paul Leader of Green Party of Canada On Oct. 3, Annamie Paul was named leader of the Green Party of Canada. She will be running in the byelection in the Toronto- Centre riding, recently vacated by former finance minister Bill Morneau. Paul has spent her career working in international law, environmental public policy and pushing for greater representation of marginalized groups in the political sphere. After an LLB from the University of Ottawa and Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University, Paul was an advisor at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, a political officer in Canada's Mission to the European Union and co-founder and co-director of BIPP HUB, an innovation hub for international NGOs. Paul also worked with the Climate Infrastructure Partnership, Higher Education Alliance for Refugees and the Institute for Integrated Transitions. Where is change needed in the legal profession and justice system in this country? I'm a black woman. I'll tell you change is needed all over the place. We're living through, let's say a renewed interest in the systemic failings of our criminal justice system with respect to Indigenous peoples and Black Canadians. They're the most disproportionately affected by the problems in our system. We launched a parliamentary petition on creating a national database on police use of force. Our justice system, for reasons of systemic racism, continues to fail Indigenous people. Indigenous peoples have been waiting a long time for true reconciliation, for true self determination. There are consistent judicial and legal roadblocks that are being thrown up in their path that continues to deny them that. 1.866.314.7335 C E L E B R AT I N G OV E R 2 0 Y E A R S WHEN IT COMES TO FUTURE CARE ANALYSIS AND COSTING, READERS AGREE THAT EXPERIENCE MATTERS. Thank you for your support.

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