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

Friday, May 10, 2019 @ 2:48 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

‘No one thought this would happen’: outgoing benchers react to turnover at LSO
The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) recent election has cast the spotlight on a divisive issue: the Statement of Principles (SOP). A “well organized” slate of candidates campaigned to repeal the SOP and took 22 of the 40 lawyer seats available at Convocation, effectively displacing 19 of the benchers running for re-election.

Liberals mum on if federal court judges who are Quebec bar members can apply for SCC vacancy
Applications close May 17 for the impending Quebec vacancy on the Supreme Court of Canada, but the government of Canada is not saying whether it would consider applications from Quebec judges of the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal and Tax Court who also are members of the Quebec bar.

SCC says Clément Gascon in ‘good health’ after judge went missing in Ottawa for hours
Supreme Court of Canada Justice Clément Gascon, who was reported missing for several hours on May 8 by Ottawa police before he was located “safe and sound” — reportedly in hospital — is “in good health,” according to his family.

IRB needs timely appointments and resources as refugee claim backlogs, wait times skyrocket
Ottawa must consistently ensure that the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) speedily gets the appointments and resources it needs — without the chronic delays the IRB typically suffers.

SCC rules that Quebec franchisee was ‘employee’ and not independent contractor under labour law
In a judgment of note nationally to participants in franchised businesses, the Supreme Court of Canada has provided guidance on when franchisees are “employees” of franchisors — rather than independent contractors — under Quebec’s labour laws.

Caster Semenya, gender and Court of Arbitration for Sport
In his column, Richard Pound writes: “On April 30, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed proceedings seeking arbitration filed by South African runner, Caster Semenya, in respect of regulations adopted by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the international sports federation that governs the sport of athletics (track and field).”

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