Clayton C. Ruby
|60th Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada|
|Preceded by||George Douglas Hunter|
|Succeeded by||Gavin MacKenzie|
|Born||Clayton Charles Ruby
February 6, 1942
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Early life and education
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Ruby received a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University in 1963. He earned an Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto in 1969, and was called to the bar in 1969. In 1973, he earned a Master of Laws from the University of California, Berkeley.
In 2006, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.
In late 2005, Clayton Ruby became the acting Treasurer, or elected head, of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the body responsible for regulating the Province of Ontario. On February 23, 2006, however, Ruby was defeated in a special election and ceased to be Treasurer.
In 2012, Ruby represented a plaintiff who attempted to oust Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto in a high-profile conflict of interest case, which the plaintiff and Ruby won. The mayor subsequently launched an appeal. On January 25, 2012 Mayor Rob Ford won the appeal and will stay in office.
In 2013, Ruby successfully argued for the former Ontario Deputy Minister of Education Ben Levin's release on $100,000 bail. Ruby told reporters "(Ben Levin) is a man who has made enormous contributions to the educational system in this province, and indeed with changes that have been copied around the world, And I intend to work very hard to see that he shall be innocent.” Ben Levin was charged with one count of making child pornography, one count of counselling to commit an indictable offence, 2 counts of distributing child pornography and agreeing to, or arranging, a sexual offence against a child under 16. Levin was eventually sentenced to three years in prison on the aforementioned charges.
He is married to Madam Justice Harriet Sachs of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario.
Clayton Ruby's father, Louis Ruby, was publisher of Flash Weekly a crusading Toronto tabloid and scandal sheet that ran from the late 1930s until the 1970s.
Some of Ruby's high-profile clients have been the following:
- Ben Levin
- Dwayne Karlton Armstrong
- The Church of Scientology
- Atif Rafay and Glen Sebastian Burns
- Abdurahman Khadr
- Svend Robinson
- Guy Paul Morin
- A group of four people challenging Ontario's Adoption Information Disclosure Act
- The Banned Aid Coalition
- Charlie Veitch
- Canadian Who's Who Search. Grey House Publishing Canada.
- The Law Society of Upper Canada, List of Law Society Treasurers Retrieved 28 August 2014.
- Rider, David (27 November 2012). "Rob Ford’s appeal will be filed ‘in the next couple of days’". Toronto Star. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
- Pagliaro, Jennifer (10 July 2013). "Benjamin Levin granted $100,000 bail, charged with two more child porn offences". Toronto Star. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
- "Child porn charges for Toronto prof, ex-adviser to Ont. premier". CBC (Toronto). 10 July 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
- "Benjamin Levin sentenced to 3 years in prison on child porn charges". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
- Reynolds, W. Richard (23 April 1991). "Scientology church on trial in Canada". St. Petersburg Times. p. 8.A. Retrieved 5 September 2006.
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