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

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 3:03 PM | By John Carson

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Stepping in for the Managing Editor, here are my picks for the top stories we published this week.

Statement of Principles stays for now as LSO Convocation becomes mired in debate
After a full day of debate on the Statement of Principles (SOP), the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) was unable to come to a decision on the diversity initiative that has not only divided Convocation, but the profession as well.

SCC okays Quebec tax officials’ production demand to Alberta bank branch whose customer is under audit
The Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously upheld the validity of a formal production demand, under Quebec’s tax administration law, for banking records at an Alberta bank branch where there is an account for a customer that is being audited by the Quebec Revenue Agency (QRA) to determine whether the customer owes taxes in Quebec.

First tested plain language guide for sexual assault survivors
Nova Scotia’s Public Prosecution Service has produced what is believed to be the first plain language guide for sexual assault survivors in Canada. “Other provinces have publications, but none that we know of that have been focus tested. There is no other plain language guide,” Chris Hansen, spokesperson for the public prosecution service in Halifax, told The Lawyer’s Daily.

A personal view of MMIWG: 15 of my First Nations clients are dead | Laurelly Dale
The final report of the Missing Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) national inquiry, published June 3, 2019, evokes mixed feelings. Do I believe that it is a genocide? No. Labelling it as such implies that there is a single villain. They are the forgotten people. Neglected and vulnerable to crimes of violence. I have been a criminal lawyer for 13 years. In that time approximately 15 of my First Nations clients have died. The majority were young Indigenous girls.

Foreign trained lawyer in land of opportunity | Alexandar Pavlov
June 27 was National Multiculturalism Day. Coming five days before Canada Day makes it the perfect time to reflect on why I am glad to be pursuing a law career in multicultural Canada.

John Carson is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Lawyer's Daily.