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

Friday, January 10, 2020 @ 2:38 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.

Environmental controversies take centre stage as Supreme Court of Canada opens winter session
The constitutionality of Ottawa’s carbon pricing regime and Ontario’s sex offender registry are both under the microscope in the Supreme Court of Canada’s winter session, which will also examine whether British Columbia can validly make environmental regulations that could impede the planned expansion of the controversial Trans-Mountain (TMX) pipeline.

Lawyer’s petition calls for Law Society of Ontario to reduce annual fees
A solo practitioner has filed a petition calling on the Law Society of Ontario to review its annual fees, saying high fees are unsustainable for many members of the legal profession.

Cherry’s firing: ‘Just cause’ worth fighting? | Sean O’Donnell
By now, most Canadians know about Don Cherry’s unfortunate statements during the Nov. 11, 2019, Coaches Corner segment of Hockey Night in Canada. For those of you who do not know, here’s a play by play: “You people love … that come here, whatever it is … you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple bucks for a poppy or something like that. These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price.”

Multiple masters: A modern lawyer’s dilemma | Gary Joseph
The website for the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) states that it exists to govern the legal profession in the public interest. LSO governs its members through the Rules of Professional Conduct (the Rules). Professional standards for lawyers are governed by these regulatory codes but also by legal standards determined and imposed by the courts and by statute. The distinction between regulatory and court-imposed standards are often theoretical but at times not. The most recent example of where these standards may conflict can be found in the now resolved dispute between lawyer Joseph Groia and the LSO.

Women in rural, remote communities get long distance legal help
Family law lawyers are thin on the ground in many rural and remote parts of Ontario. Family law lawyers who take legal aid certificates and who have expertise in cases involving family violence are even more rare.

The Lawyer’s Daily wins two Canadian Online Publishing Awards
The Lawyer’s Daily won two Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPA) at the presentation ceremony Jan. 9.

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