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

Friday, November 15, 2019 @ 1:06 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

SCC splits 5-2 to acquit Quebec naturopath of unlawful act manslaughter, criminal negligence causing death
In a 5-2 judgment on the elements of the offences of criminal negligence causing death and unlawful act manslaughter, the Supreme Court of Canada has reinstated the acquittals of a Quebec naturopathic doctor whose client died of septic shock after she injected the 84-year-old heart patient intravenously with a nutrient solution that was later discovered to be contaminated.

Access to Justice: A2J Week about innovation, collaboration, action
In her column, The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin writes “The end of October marked the celebration of Access to Justice Week in three Canadian provinces — Saskatchewan, Ontario and British Columbia. I was pleased to be able to join Ontario’s justice sector leaders for part of their deliberations on the future of access to justice in Ontario and to follow the activities in the other provinces, albeit from a distance.”

Ontario Divisional Court warns family bar to cease routine leave apps which clog the court system
Ontario’s Divisional Court is telling family law lawyers to stop routinely applying for permission to appeal temporary support orders. That message was delivered loudly and clearly when the court recently took the extraordinary step of issuing reasons for dismissing Imran Khan’s bid to appeal a temporary spousal and child support order: Lokhandwala v. Khan 2019 ONSC 6346.

Rural Albertans have ‘complete lack of confidence’ in legal system, says justice minister
The government of Alberta has announced plans to bring in a variety of measures to address crime in rural communities, ranging from a new integrated force aimed at reducing police response times to eliminating liability for individuals who have taken steps to protect their property, moves the provincial justice minister says are necessary because the justice system is failing individuals who live outside the province’s major cities.

Ruling on peremptory challenges a ‘measured response’: Indigenous Bar Association
An Ontario Superior Court judge’s ruling that the elimination of peremptory challenges violates an accused’s Charter rights has prompted mixed reactions from the Indigenous Bar Association (IBA), the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA) and members of the profession over its impact on the court system and the potential to influence other jurisdictions.

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