Is the devil in the details?
We plan to send Mr. Baumberg a thank you note shortly. We have emphasized (below) the following section of his comments from the last paragraph of his reply. Working with a small group who advises, CyberSmokeBlog a list of questions will be developed seeking clarification of certain provisions outlined in this paragraph. In the meantime, if there's anything you would like to ask the gentleman, please e-mail it.
"..... It will be possible to provide, on request, a copy of the recording for the limited purpose of non-broadcast media coverage of the hearing (i.e. except on specific request and subsequent written confirmation from the Court, no copyright permission would be granted for broadcast, internet posting, etc.).
Clare L. Pieuk
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Please note that the hearing of October 30 was scheduled as a teleconference, with the parties' representatives participating by phone. The court granted the media's request to participate on the same basis as the parties (i.e. by phone). The docket entry for this hearing is found below:
Ottawa, October 30, 2012 Before Mireille Tabib, Prothonotary:
Before the Court: Case Management Conference to discuss initial matters which require the assistance of the Case Management Judge, such as the parties request to have related files T-1562-12 and T-1789-12 case managed, proposed motions, Rule 317 requests and the proposed Amended Notice of Application. Result of Hearing: Mr. Chapman's motion filed October 30th seeking leave to be added as a Respondent in this application and the Attorney General's proposed motion to be removed as a respondent in this application will be heard in Toronto on November 30, 2012 for 1 day. Any proposed motions to intervene will be briefed once the above motions are disposed of. The Rules in this matter are suspended pending the determination of Mr. Chapman and the AGC's motions. An Order will follow. held in chambers by way of Conference Call Duration per day: 30-October, 2012 from 01:20 to 03:20 Courtroom: Judge's Chambers - Ottawa Court Registrar: Christen Clement Total Duration: 2h Appearances: Sheila Block/Molly Reynolds (416) 865-7319 representing The Honourable Lori Douglas; Catherine Lawrence/Zoe Oxaal (613) 948-3463 representing AGC; Rocco Galati (416) 536-7811 representing Alexander Chapman; Paul Cavalluzzo/Adrienne Telford (416) 964-5500 representing Canadian Judicial Council (T-1789-12); Peter Griffin/Jaan Lilles (416) 865-2921 representing Guy Pratte (T-1789-12); John Hunter/Claire Hunter 011-490-351-216-2528/(604) 891-2403 representing Inquiry Committee; Chris Paliare/Richard Stephenson (416) 646-4318 representing Superior Court Judge's Assocociation; Suzanne Coté/Alexandre Fallon (514) 904-8180 representing New Independent Counsel in the Inquiry
Comments: This matter was heard with T-1562-12 and T-1789-12. Minutes were taken in T-1567-12 only. Cristin Schmitz for the Lawyers Weekly and Christie Blatchford for the National Post were in attendance. Minutes of Hearing entered in Volume 870 page(s) 106 - 122 Abstract of Hearing placed on file
The hearing scheduled for November 30 in Toronto is being held in open court with parties / counsel appearing in person, and is accessible to the public. See Court hearing list for Toronto:
No phone / audio access will be provided for.
However, the Federal Court Registry is currently testing a new digital audio recording system and will have a stand-alone unit in the Courtroom for Friday's full-day hearing as part of a pilot project. as. As long as the test equipment functions properly on Friday, it will be possible to provide, on request, a copy of the recording for the limited purpose of non-broadcast media coverage of the hearing (i.e., except on specific request and subsequent written confirmation from the Court, no copyright permission would be granted for broadcast, internet posting, etc.). Note that given the hearing is scheduled to run the full day on Friday, a copy of the recording likely will be made only the following week.
With Best Regards, Andrew
Legal Counsel/Conseiller juridique
Federal Clourt / Cour federale
Monday, November 26, 2012
Mr. Andrew Baumberg
Executive Officer to the Chief Justice of the Federal Court
Re: Audio Link for CyberSmokeBlog
Dear Mr. Baumberg:
In recent correspondence with Mr. Norman Sabourin, Executive Director, Senior Legal Counsel for the Canadian Judicial Council he suggested members of the media who would like more information about court proceedings direct their questions to you.
As you are undoubtedly aware, two representatives form the mainstream media were allowed to attend the October 30, 2012 meeting held in Toronto to discuss the Douglas Inquiry.
As a Media Citizen Journalist and Blogger who has been closely following said Inquiry, I formally request audio arrangements be made at the Federal Court in Winnipeg so CyberSmokeBlog can monitor on behalf of its readers the upcoming meeting scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in Toronto.
Clare L. Pieuk
Media Citizen Journalist