Famous Toronto lawyer Clayton Ruby dies at 80

Famous Toronto lawyer Clayton Ruby dies at 80

Peers describe him as a tireless champion of freedoms civilians

Clayton Ruby died on August 2, 2022 surrounded by his family.

The lawyer of fame Clayton Ruby died at the age of 80. He is considered a formidable litigator and a giant of progressive causes in the country.

CBC confirms Wednesday that lawyer Clayton Ruby died Tuesday afternoon surrounded by his loved ones. Messages of condolence are pouring in on Twitter.

Clay was a dedicated human rights defender, champion of the oppressed and kind friend, Toronto law firm Ruby Shiller Enenajor DiGiuseppe tweeted. .

Clayton Ruby received the Order of Canada in 2005.

Created in 1967, the Order of Canada is one of the most prestigious civilian honors in the country.< /p>

On the site of the Governor General of Canada, it is written that Clayton Ruby is an eminent criminal lawyer whose reputation extends from one end to the other of the country [who] has dedicated his career to the promotion of justice.

The site further describes him as a champion of human rights and environmental protection.

“ With an equally active zeal as a volunteer, he has offered his talent and expertise to an array of institutions including PEN Canada, Human Rights Watch, Earthroots and the Sierra Legal Defense Fund. »

— Governor General of Canada (website)

Clayton Ruby has undertaken during his career to defend many notorious causes such as Guy Paul Morin, who was wrongly convicted of the murder of little Christine Jessop in 1984.

In this regard, he had told CBC in 2020 that no one can recover from an unjust and wrongful conviction.

Mr. Ruby was also an advocate for medical assistance in dying. He served with the organization Dying with Dignity.

He had defended former NDP MP Svend Robinson when the latter witnessed the death of Sue Rodriguez, when medical assistance in dying was still illegal and punishable by law in Canada in 1994.

Sue Rodriguez (1950-1994) and Svend Robinson after the Supreme Court of Canada decision on September 30, 1993.< /p>

Mr. Robinson, who had never been indicted in this case, also saluted on Twitter on Wednesday the memory of his former lawyer.

I am saddened by his death, he was a giant of his profession, a staunch supporter of progressives and an honorable man, writes Mr. Robinson.

< p class="e-p">Clayton Ruby's colleague at their firm, Annamaria Enenajor, personally tweets that she was saddened to learn of the lawyer's death.

I could not have dreamed of a more supportive and loving mentor than him; her genius and her zeal were matched only by her kindness and her joie de vivre, she mentions in a micro-post.

More details to come

With information from CBC

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