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

Friday, June 14, 2019 @ 2:07 PM | By Matthew Grace

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Here are my picks for the top stories we published this week.
CBA urges federal candidates to advocate for legal aid, launches social media campaign
The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) is mobilizing to put legal aid on the radar of candidates running in the 2019 federal election.

Legal Aid Ontario cuts will hurt justice system, the vulnerable, lawyers say
Deep cuts to Toronto’s legal aid clinics and a sudden stop to private criminal lawyers using legal aid for common bail hearings will bog down an already congested court system in the country’s most populated city, legal minds say.

Knowledge gaps regarding spyware used for abuse need to be addressed, researcher says
Applications used to track or monitor mobile devices such as cellphones are being repurposed to perpetrate intimate partner violence, noted a pair of reports released by The Citizen Lab on June 12.

Ryerson setting up for law school applications in August, still working on OSAP eligibility
Ryerson University’s Faculty of Law is positioning itself as “the new kids on the block” in legal education. With classrooms in downtown Toronto, a focus on technology and a designated integrated practice curriculum (IPC), the faculty’s interim dean, Anver Saloojee, is encouraging the legal community to get “on board.”

Does arbitration trump A2J? Answer coming from SCC
In his analysis article, William Horton writes: “The granting of leave to appeal in Heller v. Uber creates a welcome opportunity for the Supreme Court of Canada to consider some overarching issues relating to arbitration and class actions, free from the constraints of the statutory context that framed similar issues in its recent decision in TELUS Communications Inc. v. Wellman 2019 SCC 19.”

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