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

Friday, August 28, 2020 @ 3:20 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Decision to appeal safe third country ruling called ‘unconscionable’
Observers are expressing dismay at the federal government’s move to appeal a recent court decision that struck down Canada’s Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) on refugee claimants with the United States.

LSO code of conduct stifles free speech, benchers argue
The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) is grappling with growing opposition to its bencher code of conduct, with several benchers saying it reduces their ability to speak on important issues because complaints can be too easily launched against them and concentrates too much power in the hands of the law society treasurer.

COVID-19 pandemic exceptional circumstance when determining trial delay, B.C. judge rules
A B.C. provincial court judge has ruled the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on court operations is an exceptional circumstance and should not count towards calculating trial delay in the case of a man charged with attempted murder.

O’Toole prevails on third ballot to take Conservative Party leadership
Erin O’Toole has been chosen as new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. Following a night where voting results remained in limbo until the early-morning hours of Aug. 24 due to a mechanical glitch, the Durham MP and former corporate lawyer prevailed on the third ballot to secure a victory largely expected to go to well-known contender Peter MacKay.

Indigenous David and Goliath lesson
In her column, Naomi Sayers writes “The current global pandemic has presented a series of unique issues for both lawyers and clients alike.However, what remains unchanged and presented itself more prominently is the need for federal governments to provide Indigenous communities with adequate funding to ensure self-governance can proceed in a sufficient manner.”

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