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

Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 3:34 PM | By Matthew Grace

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Matthew Grace
Given the upcoming long weekend, here is a Thursday edition of The Friday Brief. The Lawyer’s Daily will not be publishing on April 19 and April 22. We will be back on Tuesday, April 23. 

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

SCC’s Gascon to retire in September, opens door for Liberals to appoint third top court judge
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has an unexpected opportunity to appoint his third judge to the Supreme Court of Canada, following the surprise announcement that Justice Clément Gascon will retire in five months, after serving five years on the highest court.

Lack of bencher rules on donations, campaign funding ‘shocking,’ candidate says
The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher election has inspired discussion on a variety of topics, from the importance of diversity in the profession and “compelled speech,” to the lack of representation of recent calls at Convocation. However, these debates have also highlighted the lack of rules governing donations, as some campaigns have called for financial contributions or have offered donations for votes.

LAO explains changes to refugee services; legal community slams provincial cuts
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has clarified that it will not be suspending all of its refugee and immigration services but has made interim changes to maintain “core” services in the wake of funding cuts made to the justice sector in the provincial budget.
Looming Nova Scotia organ donor law raises concerns of donors by default system
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is taking a cautious, wait-and-see approach to Nova Scotia’s impending laws around presumed consent for organ donation, saying the suitability of such legislation hinges on public awareness and the ease of opting out.
Unfair refugee amendment rammed through in budget bill
In her analysis article, Maureen Silcoff writes: “Human rights in Canada have just suffered a significant blow. Buried deep in the recent federal budget bill is an amendment to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act that creates a class of people who are denied a refugee hearing after they enter Canada.”
Matthew Grace is the Managing Editor of The Lawyer's Daily.