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

Friday, February 07, 2020 @ 12:24 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Perfection not required as part of consultation, court says in Trans Mountain ruling
Yet another chapter in the saga of the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline project has concluded after the Federal Court of Appeal ruled the Trudeau government’s consultation process fulfilled its obligations to a number of First Nations who had raised concerns about the project’s effect on their traditional territories.

Lenczner Slaght partners with McCarthy Tétrault to expand women’s referral program
Lenczner Slaght has partnered with McCarthy Tétrault to expand a resource list for lawyers who want to refer files to women. The program is called ReferToHer and was launched by Lenczner Slaght in June 2019.

Juries must be instructed on ‘dangers of eyewitness evidence’: Court of Appeal
An Ontario Court of Appeal decision highlighting the importance of instructing juries on the use of eyewitness testimony and the admissibility of evidence is a reminder to defence counsel to be critical of evidence brought before a judge and jury, a Toronto criminal lawyer says.

Ontario Court of Appeal insurance ruling ‘fundamentally flawed,’ lawyer says
An Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that set aside a judgment awarding a death benefit to a life insurance policyholder’s widow will give insurance companies more reason to deny claims in the future, warns a Toronto personal injury lawyer.

B.C. law society seeks to bring ‘mental health out of the shadows’: president
The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) is moving forward with a number of measures aimed at responding to mental health concerns in the legal profession.

Child protection escaping legal aid cuts no reason to celebrate
In her column, Tammy Law writes “On Jan. 23, I was fortunate enough to participate in a panel hosted by LEAF Toronto about Ontario’s legal aid cuts. Four other women (Angela Chaisson, Erin Simpson, Katharina Janczaruk, and Anita Szigeti) and I were invited to speak about the impact of the legal aid cuts in our respective areas of practice. While it was inspiring to be presenting alongside these brilliant legal minds and social justice warriors, the mood was decidedly “gloomy” (as one panellist put it).”

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