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

Friday, September 27, 2019 @ 2:06 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

SCC rules courts can order disclosure of journalists’ confidential sources only as ‘a last resort’
The Supreme Court of Canada has provided its first guidance on how to apply a 2017 law protecting journalists’ confidential sources in a ruling which reaffirms unanimously that courts can only order disclosure of such sources “as a last resort.”

SCC affirms Ontario owns Crown copyright in plans of survey filed with province’s land registry system
In its first judgment on Crown copyright, the Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously upheld the summary dismissal of a breach of copyright class action launched in 2007 by Ontario’s land surveyors, whose plans of survey filed with the provincial land registry system are being sold online by a commercial database, on Ontario’s behalf, without payment to the surveyor-creators.

Trial judge’s task was not to ‘mock,’ ‘shame’ defendant in sex assault case, court rules
The Ontario Court of Appeal strongly rebuked a judgment in a sexual assault case, ruling the lower court judge’s reasons gave rise to “concerns regarding a loss of perspective and objectivity and result in an appearance of unfairness.” Due to these reasons, the conviction was set aside and a new trial was ordered.

B.C. seeks public input as it drafts new accessibility law
The British Columbia government is asking the public for help to define future legislation on accessibility and inclusivity.

First Nations and the business of cannabis
In her column, Pamela Palmater writes “Justin Trudeau’s 2015 election platform promise to immediately legalize marijuana if elected spurred a frenzy of activity behind the scenes. There were police officers, politicians and other former leaders, previously against the sale of the drug, making plans for their own cannabis boutiques. The very same people that had previously outlawed, arrested and jailed people for growing, possessing and/or selling cannabis would now have the unfair insider advantage about where to sell and to whom.”

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