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

Friday, July 24, 2020 @ 3:19 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Alberta Appeal Court justices call for SCC to revisit s. 12 Charter jurisprudence
Two judges on Alberta’s top court urged the Supreme Court of Canada to revisit its s. 12 Charter jurisprudence in a decision that reinforces the provincial Appeal Court’s position as the country’s chief defender of mandatory minimum sentences, according to one prominent criminal lawyer.

CSIS ruling shows ‘huge role’ of lawyers in defining limits of national security: scholar
A Federal Court justice has called for a comprehensive review after Canada’s national intelligence service failed to disclose the fact the evidence it provided to obtain a number of warrants was likely obtained illegally, and a number of legal scholars are saying it highlights the need for lawyers to be forthcoming and independent due to their outsized role in the national security process.

Tories want new ethics investigation into Morneau’s WE travel
Canada’s Conservative party is reiterating its demand that Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau resign over his involvement in the WE conflict of interest scandal and is asking the country’s ethics commissioner to open a separate investigation into trips Morneau and his family had taken with the organization in 2017.

Proposed B.C. workers compensation bill looks to amend liability, search and seizure rules
The B.C. government is looking at a significant revamp of its workers compensation regime with an eye to improving financial supports for injured workers and to better deal with claims arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is also proposing changing rules on liability and search and seizure which have the potential to bring significant change to how claims are dealt with by the legal system.

Navigating the modern courtroom
In her column, Karen Heath writes: “When the dust settles, we should really begin to ask ourselves why our courtrooms were so technologically inadequate in the first place. Canada need not be on the cutting edge of courtroom technology; indeed it’s too late for that. We are dreadfully behind and working from a deficit. Instead, we need to look at the broken parts of the machine and implement piecemeal change.”

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