Proficient in leading and conducting full contract negotiations for both Uniform and Civilian members. Carriage of rights grievances, participating in Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration. Advocating before the Police Services Board regarding the termination of Civilian members and Probationary Constables.
Through research and attendance at several educational workshops and conferences, we remain up to date on the coordinated bargaining strategies developed by the OACP and the OAPSB, developments in labour and employment law generally, as well as precedent-setting case law involving pertinent and relevant legal issues.
Familiar with Board Governance and the Business Corporations Act of Ontario, as well as the Canada Business Corporations Act. Providing legal positions on a variety of issues pertaining to Board Governance, Grievances and Collective Bargaining to several Associations across the Province, examining specific provisions of their Civilian and Uniform Working Agreements, including the merits of a grievance and the appropriate interpretation of said provisions as they apply to the membership at large.
From providing initial consultation to Association Executives regarding the likelihood of informal resolution, formal charges and the outcome at a formal PSA disciplinary hearing, to conducting full hearings as defence counsel on behalf of respondent officers. Including submissions for sentencing, as well as attendance at the OCPC for appeals of PSA decisions. Conducting over one hundred OIPRD and SIU interviews with respondent and witness officers, and acting as defence counsel in OIPRD directed hearings.
We have the experience and skills required to conduct full hearings and appeals, address the Police Services Board where necessary, make application for Judicial Review, and provide representation at OIPRD and SIU interviews. The scope of our work and capabilities is a valuable resource, as the immediate consultation and legal assessment of any potential disciplinary matter will better equip Association Executives to ensure they are providing appropriate representation where it is required, as well as having all of the necessary information to present to the Board on these matters. This ensures prompt and adequate decision-making decreasing the chances of liability being incurred.
In a system where change is necessary, we will provide assertive and effective advocacy to preserve the rights of our clients.
Experienced in the representation of clients in relation to federal and provincial offences, including traffic matters, ministry of labour files, occupational health and safety matters, bail hearings, bail variations, section 810 hearings, trials and guilty pleas. Conversant with a variety of Applications/Motions before the criminal court, such as Corbett applications, Gardiner hearings, Garofoli application, K.G.B. application, O’Connor application etc.
Representing police officers criminally charged on several occasions. In addition to defending these same police officers at their police disciplinary hearings. In consideration of the overlap between these two types of proceedings, it becomes extremely beneficial to have the same representation. Police services consistently attempt to leverage one proceeding against the other with the ‘duties’ of police officers under the PSA, therefore, as applied to Police Associations, possessing knowledge of the criminal law is a pertinent and valuable asset.
Police discipline issues are fraught with parallels to the criminal law, regardless of whether hearing officers have accepted the notion or not. Having counsel who is skilled within this area serves as a benefit to the officers, and most certainly to the Association who has a duty to represent them. Utilizing this knowledge to demand and justify changes within the disciplinary processes of policing issues, we have been successful in achieving positive outcomes for our clients.
Familiar with the Partner Assault Response Services in relation to domestic charges and representing numerous clients on domestic-related charges, both at trial and for resolution. We have represented clients on a wide variety of criminal offences such as impaired, over .80 offences, prostitution charges, attempted murder, break and enter, theft, fraud, criminal harassment, arson, voyeurism, etc.
Attended well over 100 SIU interviews, both for witness officers, as well as respondent officers. Challenging the SIU on their mandate within these interviews, when/if attempts to operate outside of their authority are made, is vital to ensure true oversight.
Providing aggressive advocacy for members and Police Associations, as it pertains to submitting to interviews, both for officers as well as for Association representatives. Emphasizing the importance of protecting the privilege associated with the Executive role, and providing the legal knowledge necessary to defend the decision not to submit to an interview.
In an age of continually expanding oversight, knowledge of the law, and a passion for ensuring it is adhered to, is essential to ensuring the adequate protection of police officers.
We are qualified in, and conversant with the Ontario Human Rights Code as well as the practices and procedures utilized at the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Experienced in the application of legal principles and advocacy before the Human Rights Tribunal, through mediation and pre-hearing preparation meetings.
Through insistent advocacy and the analytical assessment of several human rights applications, Pamela has attained modifications to command directives and policies and procedures to ensure employers are adhering to the collective agreement, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code. This has resulted in positive results for individual applicants as well as the entire membership for Associations.
Being skilled and proficient in this area is beneficial within the context of the PSA. Disciplinary Tribunals have a duty to accommodate respondent officers who are suffering from disabilities, which may prevent them from attending their hearings. Through her knowledge of human rights law, her experience in labour and employment, and her legal analysis of the mandate afforded to decision makers pursuant to the PSA, Pamela will advocate ensuring the appropriate accommodation of respondent officers by the Tribunal.
Offering services in the drafting of Last Wills, Powers of Attorney and Advanced Care Directives, Machado Law will assist you with the provision of all of your estate matters. We are also able to advise clients on the recent decision of Carter vs. Canada (Supreme Court of Canada. 2015-02-06,  1 SCR 331) regarding advanced care directives and the current state of the law as it pertains to assisted suicide.