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The Friday Brief: Managing Editor’s must-read items from this week

Friday, February 22, 2019 @ 3:38 PM | By Matthew Grace


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Here are my picks for the top stories we published this week.

No ‘inappropriate’ pressure in SNC-Lavalin case: Wernick; Lametti says AG independent but ‘not an island’
Canada’s top civil servant says that, in his view, no “inappropriate pressure” was ever exerted by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on the former attorney general of Canada to shelve a criminal fraud prosecution of SNC-Lavalin in favour of a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) — although Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick predicted that Jody Wilson-Raybould will nevertheless publicly “express concern” next week about her interactions with the PMO in the SNC-Lavalin matter.

Chief justice’s remarks spark debate over mandatory pro bono for lawyers
Canadian Bar Association (CBA) president Raymond Adlington says he does not agree with Chief Justice of Canada Richard Wagner that it would be “very good” if lawyers were required to do some free legal work in order to help alleviate court backlogs and improve the public’s access to justice.

SCC clarifies what submission to foreign courts’ jurisdiction means under Civil Code of Quebec
The Supreme Court of Canada has clarified that a Quebec resident sued abroad who challenges the foreign court’s jurisdiction will be deemed by Quebec courts to have submitted to that foreign jurisdiction if the Quebecer made substantive arguments in the foreign court that, if accepted, would have resolved all or part of the dispute.

Consultation on Big Data may spur new law: lawyers
The Ontario government has launched a data strategy consultation to improve innovation and protect privacy in the “advancing era of Big Data.” Lawyers stress that while privacy is a main concern, there are broader implications, such as ethics and how data is used, that need to be considered.

How climate change affects insurance
In his analysis article, Devan Marr writes: “Overall climate change is influencing all levels of the insurance industry, from reinsurers down to consumers.”

Matthew Grace is the Managing Editor of The Lawyer’s Daily.