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

Friday, September 06, 2019 @ 4:20 PM | By John Carson

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

Public wants judges to engage, be more open about justice system, their roles, work: CJC consultation
Most Canadians believe judges should “proactively exchange with the general public on questions relating to the justice system and their work” — and should actively seek out opportunities to do so, according to feedback received by the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) during its recent public consultation on new ethical guidelines for the federal judiciary.

CJC panel to investigate Quebec judge
The Canadian Judicial Council has constituted an inquiry committee to examine whether Quebec Superior Court Justice Gérard Dugré committed misconduct that could justify his removal from office, following separate complaints from litigants that he took too long to render judgment and allegedly behaved inappropriately toward the parties and counsel in a family law proceeding.

Predicting just cause for dismissal a mug’s game | Stuart Rudner
When it comes to just cause for dismissal, the only absolute rule is that there are no absolute rules.

Immigration an explosive issue in coming election
The 2019 federal election is expected to take place on or before Oct. 21, 2019. Over the next three months, as the parties prepare their platforms and promises, immigration will be an agenda item on the campaign trail. Whether it is a debate about total immigration levels, the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA), or refugee backlogs, the parties have been jockeying for position and courting votes from Canadians, many of whom have immigrant backgrounds or deep and personal connections to the topic of immigration.

Time to change ‘unwelcome’ conduct requirement in sexual harassment cases: UBC report
A report out of the University of British Columbia is recommending changes in the way human rights bodies look at sexual harassment cases.

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