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

Friday, November 22, 2019 @ 3:01 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Supreme Court to settle constitutional turf war between federal, provincial judges in Quebec
Quebec is asking the Supreme Court of Canada to overturn a successful constitutional challenge by the judges of the Quebec Superior Court to the province’s power to raise from $70,000 to just below $85,000 the exclusive monetary jurisdiction of Quebec’s provincial court — a move which the Quebec Court of Appeal ruled unconstitutionally trenches on the superior court’s core general jurisdiction to resolve “substantial” civil disputes under s. 96 of the Constitution Act, 1867.

Family bar warns of injustice after Divisional Court blocks most appeals of flawed interim support orders
Ontario family law lawyers say a rule change or other fix may be needed after a controversial Ontario Divisional Court judgment that clamps down hard on applications to appeal temporary orders in family law cases.

Quebec ruling offers guidance on Charter right of freedom of assembly
A Quebec City municipal bylaw that compelled organizers of public demonstrations to submit their plans and itinerary to city police beforehand was struck down as unconstitutional by the Quebec Court of Appeal.

SCC rules Jordan’s presumptive caps on trial delay apply in youth court
The Supreme Court of Canada has declined to impose lower constitutional limits on trial delays in youth court, ruling 6-3 that the 18-month and 30-month presumptive ceilings the top court set for trying adults in the watershed Jordan decision apply also in proceedings under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).

Time for Charter challenge on First Nations drinking water
In her column, Maggie Wente writes: “A recent nationwide media investigation in early November revealed that there are high levels of lead contamination in cities and towns across Canada. News media reported that some lead contamination levels were similar to those in Flint, Mich., where there has been a highly publicized water contamination crisis since 2014. The recent reports have been internationally reported, and Canadians seem worried.”

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