John Page advises and represents both private and public sector clients in matters of advocacy and dispute resolution including labour and employment, human rights, claims based on sexual abuse and harassment, administrative and public law, including higher education and health law, and constitutional law.
He has acted as counsel in several important matters before both administrative tribunals and the courts, including appearances at the trial level of the former District and Supreme Courts of Ontario, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court (General Division), the Federal Court of Canada, the Ontario Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada.
John was seconded counsel to the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General - Constitutional Law and Policy Division, from November 1989 to November 1990 and acted as counsel on several important constitutional cases.
In 1992, John acted as counsel to several Ministry of Health employees testifying before the "Martel Inquiry", a committee of the Ontario legislature that considered alleged breaches relating to confidential OHIP records and the Ontario Freedom of Information Act. As well, he has acted as counsel in privileges matters to Medical Advisory Committees and Boards of Directors of public hospitals including representation before hospital Boards of Directors and the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board.
From February 1996 to March 1998, John was counsel to Mr. Justice Ian Binnie and assistant negotiator for Ontario in negotiations concerning the objectives, governance, accountability and dispute resolution for the distribution of proceeds from the operation of Casino Rama in Orillia. In March 1998, John succeeded Mr. Justice Ian Binnie as Ontario’s chief negotiator and successfully completed the negotiations.
From July 1997 to October 1998, John was chief negotiator for the federal and provincial governments in the transfer of the national blood supply from the Canadian Red Cross to Canadian Blood Services, which involved negotiating transition of assets, donor records and 2,500 employees.
John is presently counsel for two of Canada’s national churches and represented these churches in the resolution of all claims, including sexual and physical abuse claims against them arising from their participation in the operation of Indian Residential Schools from 1886 to 1971. This resolution is the largest class action settlement in Canadian history and court approval is being sought in nine provincial and territorial courts. John has spoken at each of the six National Summits on Institutional Liability for Sexual Assault and Abuse presented by The Canadian Institute.
John is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he teaches first year Civil Procedure. He is the co-author of Summary Judgment, published by Canada Law Book, the first text to review the law and procedure relating to the remedy of summary judgment since the change to Ontario court rules in 1985.