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

Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 3:04 PM | By Matthew Grace


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

Federal Court nixes judicial review for SNC-Lavalin; DPAs a ‘classic’ matter of prosecutorial discretion, expert says
The Federal Court has lobbed the SNC-Lavalin hot potato back into the lap of Justice Minister David Lametti in a novel — but widely anticipated — decision that declines to judicially review the Director of Public Prosecution’s (DPP) refusal last fall to negotiate a remediation agreement with the Montreal construction giant headed to trial on bribery and fraud charges.

Justice minister defends bill to reveal judges’ expenses as senators prepare to reduce disclosure requirements
Justice Minister David Lametti says he is “quite happy” with a Trudeau government bill that the judiciary warns would violate judicial independence and endanger its members’ security by requiring all 1,178 federal judges, for the first time, to publicly disclose their individual expenses — which collectively totalled nearly $34 million in the last fiscal year.

Legal aid system has ‘lost its way’ in B.C.: report
A review of the B.C. legal aid system says change is needed in order to reverse years of underfunding and make it more effective, but an organization representing legal aid lawyers in the province is saying it does not go far enough because of a lack of focus on financial concerns and is threatening to withdraw its services unless action is taken to put more money into the system.

British Columbia consulting on ‘long overdue’ updates to employment standards
The B.C. government is pledging to make changes to the law that sets minimum standards for workplaces in the province and is inviting the public to share their thoughts.

Dear federal government: Ignorance of law is no excuse
In her column, Heather MacIvor writes: “The rule of law is a fundamental principle of Canada’s Constitution. It requires, first and foremost, that public power be exercised in conformity to the law. Every individual entrusted with government power must do or refrain from doing what the law demands.”
 
Matthew Grace is the Managing Editor of The Lawyer’s Daily.