Attorney General Announces Nine New Justices of the Peace



    TORONTO, June 29 /CNW/ - Attorney General Michael Bryant today announced
nine justice of the peace appointments to the Ontario Court of Justice,
effective July 11, 2007.
    "Justices of the peace are an integral and important part of our
province's justice system," said Bryant. "These appointments demonstrate the
quality of the lay bench and will help us meet our goal of ensuring that
Ontario's courts have the resources necessary to operate efficiently and
effectively."

    Justice of the Peace Sonia Maria Aleong most recently has been a legal
assistant at a law firm in London, Ontario. Prior to this, she has been a
magistrate and a lawyer in Trinidad & Tobago. She has been director of the
Judicial Education Institute (Hall of Justice) in Port of Spain and treasurer
of the Magistrates' Association of Trinidad & Tobago and a member of a
coalition against domestic violence. Justice of the Peace Aleong has also been
a member of the St. Joseph's Convent Past Pupils' Association. She holds a
bachelor of laws from the University of Wales in Cardiff and a bachelor of
arts from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Associate
Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Donald A. Ebbs has assigned
Justice of the Peace Aleong to London in the West region.

    Justice of the Peace Sylvia Hudson has most recently worked as vice-chair
of outreach and community information for the Ontario Civilian Commission on
Police Services. Justice of the Peace Hudson has also been a member of the
Social Benefits Tribunal and a member of the Toronto Police Services Board,
serving as vice-chair of the race relations committee. She has also
volunteered with a number of community-based programs aimed at helping youth.
She holds a bachelor of social work from Ryerson University. Associate Chief
Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Donald A. Ebbs has assigned
Justice of the Peace Hudson to Toronto.

    Justice of the Peace John MacDonald has experience as a court
administrator in both Ontario and Nova Scotia. He also worked as a reporter
for the Oshawa Times. He has served as executive assistant to a federal member
of parliament for more than a decade. Justice of the Peace MacDonald has been
a volunteer, organizer and fundraiser for several minor hockey teams. He holds
a bachelor of arts from Dalhousie University and a master of arts from Brock
University. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace
Donald A. Ebbs has assigned Justice of the Peace MacDonald to Newmarket in the
Central East region.

    Justice of the Peace Paul James Macphail has worked as a lawyer and a
chartered accountant. Most recently, he has been a forensic auditor with the
Investigations Department of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He worked with
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for more than 20 years, where he was a partner in
Pension Services and Financial Advisory Services, and acted as a trustee in
bankruptcy. He has been treasurer of Madame Vanier Children's Services in
London, Ontario. He holds a bachelor of laws from the University of Western
Ontario. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Donald
A. Ebbs has assigned Justice of the Peace Macphail to Halton in the Central
West region.

    Justice of the Peace Abdul Malik has owned and managed a number of
businesses in the food and hospitality sector. He also served as a major in
the Pakistani army. He obtained a bachelor of arts degree through the Pakistan
Military Academy, as well as a bachelor of science degree from Florida
International University. He is fluent in Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi. He has been
a member of the Civilian Advisory Liaison Committee for the York Regional
Police and a member of various committees undertaking seminars and other
initiatives to address substance abuse in communities. Associate Chief
Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Donald A. Ebbs has assigned
Justice of the Peace Malik to Newmarket in the Central East region.

    Justice of the Peace Andrew Marquette has been a teacher and educational
administrator. Most recently, he has been the vice-principal of Bluewater
Secondary School in Goderich, and he was the principal of St. Mary's District
Collegiate and Vocational Institute in St. Mary's. He has been a member of the
board of directors of Huron-Perth Family Services, and has volunteered in
various capacities with the Temagami First Nation. He holds a master of
science education degree from Niagara University and a bachelor of arts from
the University of Western Ontario. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of
Justices of the Peace Donald A. Ebbs has assigned Justice of the Peace
Marquette to Kitchener in the West region.

    Justice of the Peace Karin Michnick has worked as a resettlement officer
with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, serving in Kenya, Gabon
and Sierra Leone. Justice of the Peace Michnick has been an adjudicator and
board member with the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. She worked as a
policy advisor on intercultural affairs for the city of Montreal. She is
bilingual and holds a masters degree in political science from the University
of Montreal. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace
Donald A. Ebbs has assigned Justice of the Peace Michnick to Toronto.

    Justice of the Peace Saverio Nestico is a Certified Management Accountant
and has worked in the financial sector for more than 20 years. He has provided
financial and investment advice while working for banks and investment
companies, and he has most recently been vice-president of a property
management company. Justice of the Peace Nestico has served on the board of
the Victim Services Program of Toronto and has been involved in fundraising
campaigns for a number of hospitals and charities in the Toronto area. He also
worked for six years as a volunteer probation officer. He holds a master of
business administration degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Donald A. Ebbs
has assigned Justice of the Peace Nestico to Toronto.

    Justice of the Peace Ernest Parsons has been a member of provincial
parliament, representing Prince Edward-Hastings from 1999-2007. He was also a
professor of Civil Engineering at Loyalist College for 25 years. Justice of
the Peace Parsons was chair of the board of directors of the Hastings
Children's Aid Society and the Hastings and Prince Edward District School
Board. He holds a bachelor of engineering from Carleton University. Associate
Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Donald A. Ebbs has assigned
Justice of the Peace Parsons to Picton in the East region. All the foregoing
appointments become effective July 11, 2007. Mr. Parsons will resign as MPP
prior to that date, as required.

    Justices of the Peace are judicial officers appointed pursuant to the
Justices of the Peace Act. These appointees have been interviewed by the
Justices of the Peace Appointments Advisory Committee, established through the
Access to Justice Act, 2006.
    Attorney General Michael Bryant has announced the appointment of 113
justices of the peace since the McGuinty government was sworn in on
October 23, 2003.

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For further information: Greg Crone, Ministry of the Attorney General,
Minister's Office, (416) 326-1785; Brendan Crawley, Ministry of the Attorney
General, Communications Branch, (416) 326-2210

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