Public Review Compliance this Fall?

October 4th, 2020

The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has been in breach of Canada’s Public Review laws for, well, a long time.

In November 2017, we filed with the Federal Court to compel CSA’s compliance with those laws.  When the Court Ruled, we called it a “lovely, big bloodbath Ruling.”  We were pleased.  We’d won on almost everything.

The one thing we didn’t win was public review enforcement.  That is, the Court declined at that point to enforce public review on CSA, mainly due to CSA’s perjurious Court statements.

On the matter of perjury, readers may recall that the cost of posting one document on the CSA website is apparently $71,000.00.  The CSA also told the Court that posting electrical law documents on their website would cost $100,000.00.  The next day, CSA inflated that estimate to $1,000,000.00.  Then they claimed a 60-day review would take a full year.  Folks, only a civil servant thinks this way.  Oh, and this 60-day review would be handled by a low-level clerk who, inexplicably, makes $450,000.00 per year. 

Well anyway, you get the idea.  The Civil Service isn’t terribly bothered by truth.  Or honour.  Or dignity.  Et cetera.

As you recall, the Court crushed CSA’s legal arguments -all of them- and Ruled that CSA was “clearly” in breach of law.

It’s now 2020 and, just like in 2017, another iteration of electrical law is to be released in January of 2021.  So, what do you think?  Will CSA respect the law this time?

The CSA will release the 2021 Code in early January, so the deadline for CSA compliance with the 60-day public review law is the first week of November.  We’re prepping for this, as we wait for Tabib.  But both issues might be forced together.

So, we’ve got Tabib waiting with her hammer -still waiting, mind you, as she’s done nothing with it yet.  It seems the Civil Service is content to do nothing much for the moment.  But, and here’s your takeaway….

I can absolutely guarantee that the Civil Service, either through Tabib’s Office directly or through CSA legal action, will definitely move on this file, and dramatically, this fall. 

Maybe before the middle of November.

Most likely before the end of October.

Yeah, we’re pretty solid on this.  As predictions go, “I can absolutely guarantee” is about as solid as it gets.

And we’ve got good reason for confidence.

And their headaches, on public review and on so many other fronts, are about to get worse.  Can’t explain that just yet, but we’ve done alright thus far at keeping everyone informed and we’ll be sure to report on CSA’s big move, and what caused it, when the Civil Service hits the fan this fall.

Stay tuned folks, it’ll get interesting pretty quickly.