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

Friday, July 31, 2020 @ 3:13 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Reports disclose federal judge expenses for first time
For the first time, amounts federally appointed judges are expensing for things such as office equipment, Internet, home security and travel have been made public.

Feds could face new Charter challenge after Safe Third Country Agreement declared unconstitutional
While the Federal Court’s July 22 ruling, Canadian Council for Refugees v. Canada (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship) 2020 FC 770, declared the near-16-year-old, Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) unconstitutional, the federal government could face another Charter challenge over another directive regarding asylum seekers included in last year’s omnibus budget legislation.

Lack of Filipino lawyers: Contributing factors
In his column, Warren Urquhart writes: “To explain the exact causes of our invisibility in the legal community and society can involve examining not just recent decades of North American and Asian politics, but the entire history of the Philippines. However, by looking at a few crucial data points and facts about the Filipino experience, a picture can be painted about how so many of us are still invisible.”

Legal organization seeks pause of ‘anti-Alberta’ energy inquiry
An environmental law group challenging a public inquiry into supposed “anti-Alberta” energy campaigns has filed an injunction to have it put on hold, arguing such a move is necessary because a hearing on its challenge was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it is concerned the inquiry may finish its work before it has had its day in court.

Advocacy groups say B.C. overdose bill imposes coercive treatment system, lacks legal safeguards
The B.C. government is moving to amend its mental health legislation to help deal with a crippling drug overdose epidemic in the province, but a number of advocacy groups are asking for the changes to be withdrawn, saying they could lead to increased fatalities due to its emphasis on involuntary treatment.

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