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

Friday, October 18, 2019 @ 2:51 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Ryerson gets OSAP funding for new law school, still in search of full-time dean
Ryerson University’s new Faculty of Law has secured Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) funding and is “absolutely on track” to open its doors in September 2020. According to Ryerson’s provost, Michael Benarroch, the school is still searching for a dean and is in the process of hiring practitioners to teach alongside faculty.

The 2019 federal election roundup
With Canadians gearing up for the final day of voting on Monday, we’ve put together a collection of insights we’ve published over the past month or so offering some informed perspectives on the important issues of the federal election.

B.C. pact recognizes legal aid as essential service, lawyers’ association says
The B.C. government has announced an agreement to increase legal aid tariff rates and to have more conversations about changes to eligibility and coverage, a deal which the association representing legal aid lawyers in the province is calling unprecedented in Canada.

First class action clinic seeks to address ‘unmet need,’ director says
The University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law is now home to Canada’s only class action legal clinic. The clinic’s director and Windsor law professor, Jasminka Kalajdzic, said the goal is to “build public confidence in the class action regime and better fulfil the access to justice of class actions.”

Nova Scotia’s first Wellness Court hits 10 years
Nova Scotia’s first Wellness Court is now a decade old, and a judge sitting behind its bench sees its success as helping pave the way for an increase in co-operative justice as an alternative to traditional forms of punishment.

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