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Fillmore Riley to advocate at the Supreme Court of Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada has granted intervener status to the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg (the SPCW) to participate in the Court’s hearing of the Earl Mason, et al. v. Minister of Citizenship and Immigration et al. appeal. Brandon Barnes Trickett and David Thiessen act for the SPCW.

The SPCW is a not-for-profit organization with nearly a century of service in the Winnipeg and broader Manitoba community. The SPCW fosters organizational partnerships, enables research, and directly supports grassroots initiatives aimed at creating a more caring, just, and equitable community. Public interest law, poverty reduction, and restorative justice are some of the SPCW’s areas of focus.

The Mason case is an important appeal touching on matters of immigration law, national security, and the treatment of individuals involved in criminal investigations who are not convicted of an offence. Other interveners in the case include the Canadian Council for Refugees, Amnesty International, the Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the Attorneys General of Saskatchewan and Ontario.

Brandon and David are members of Fillmore Riley’s public law practice, which encompasses government affairs, constitutional matters, administrative law, and litigation before regulatory boards and tribunals.