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

Friday, March 08, 2019 @ 2:28 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Access to Justice: Saving pro bono help centres
The Lawyer’s Daily is pleased to welcome its new Access to Justice columnist, The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin. In her column published this week, Beverley McLachlin writes: “On a chilly November day in Toronto last fall, I received an unexpected e-mail. Would I be willing to make a video statement to help save Pro Bono Ontario’s court-based Law Help Centres?”

PM, Butts deny ‘inappropriate pressure’ in SNC case; ex-AG’s speedy ‘final’ rejection of DPA questioned
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has acknowledged there was an “erosion of trust” between former Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould and his office, especially between Wilson-Raybould and his former principal secretary Gerald Butts.

CBA supports ‘public dialogue’ to explore dividing post of AG Canada, justice minister
The Canadian Bar Association says it would like to see a “public dialogue” about whether it would be beneficial to separate the posts of attorney general of Canada and minister of justice.

New Manitoba court for offenders with fetal alcohol syndrome called ‘game changer’
A new Manitoba sentencing court for offenders with fetal alcohol disorders will mean better access to justice for a widespread number of those with the condition — particularly those coming from the province’s Indigenous population, legal minds say.

Law Society of Ontario changes disclosure requirements in good character process
The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has approved changes to the good character assessment process in an effort to provide transparency for candidates and support its commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

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