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

Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 2:55 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Access to Justice: Embracing technology through online courts
In her column, The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin writes: “As we near the beginning of the second quarter of the 21st century, it is worth casting our thoughts ahead and asking what our justice system will look like 10 or 20 years from now. Everyone accepts that we are living in a technological era where change in how we communicate, do business and play is exponential. Business, education and medicine are radically altering the way they provide services to meet these changes and better serve their customers and the public. Why should the justice system be any different?”

Sexual assault law training for judges needed, say lawyers, politicians
Bill C-5, An Act to amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code, is being lauded by lawyers and politicians alike as a positive step for Canada’s judiciary, but stressed that issues regarding the intersections of race, class and sexual orientation need to be included in judicial training.

B.C. taxi drivers lose Uber, Lyft injunction case, but fight likely to continue: lawyer
A coalition of taxi drivers in the Vancouver area has lost a battle to get the B.C. Supreme Court to grant an order preventing ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft from operating in the province, but the drivers’ lawyer is saying they will likely carry on in their attempt to get a judicial review of a provincial body’s decision to greenlight the companies.

Ontario Court of Appeal ruling misinterprets SCC’s Balev decision, says family lawyer
A lawyer involved in a case that resulted in the Supreme Court of Canada revising how domestic courts determine the “habitual residence” of children under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction believes the Ontario Court of Appeal failed to follow the multifactor “hybrid approach” set out by the country’s high court in Office of the Children’s Lawyer v. Balev 2018 SCC 16.

Ontario human rights body, prison union urge ‘appropriate investment’ in corrections funding
The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) and the division of the public service union that represents frontline correctional workers are calling for more funding to improve corrections for inmates and staff alike. The two organizations banded together to make a joint submission to the provincial government for more funding in advance of the 2020 budget release.

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