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

Friday, August 14, 2020 @ 3:34 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Top OBA leadership begins new era of diversity
As a longtime advocate for diversity in the legal profession, Charlene Theodore says she’ll continue that work in her new role as president of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA), while supporting members still grappling with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Church’s vicarious liability in Mount Cashel abuse scandal transcends religion, says lawyer
A Newfoundland court’s finding that the Archdiocese of St. John’s is vicariously liable for historical sexual abuse at the former Mount Cashel orphanage should be a warning to entities controlling lower institutions that there is a “continuing legal responsibility” to protect others, says a lawyer involved.

Decision highlights children’s rights at intersection of refugee and family law
In what one lawyer describes as a victory for children’s rights, the Ontario Court of Appeal has overturned a summary judgment that would have forced three children brought to Canada by their Kuwaiti mother to return to their father in Kuwait.

Prisoner human rights complaint alleges violence, isolation in response to mental health crises
A British Columbia inmate has filed a human rights complaint against Correctional Service Canada (CSC), alleging it has used violence and isolation to respond to his significant emotional distress and mental health concerns.

Schools reopening amid COVID-19 create questions of equity and access
In his column, Marvin Zuker writes: “This is not the time for us to retreat into the comfort of our own advantages. What is going to happen to our desire to create a diverse learning environment (I hope) where the academic and social needs of all children are met? It will be extremely interesting to determine how many parents withdraw their children in favour of a pod school or home instruction.”

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