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

Friday, September 04, 2020 @ 3:27 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Back To Law School Roundup: News, analysis and opinion published this week
The Lawyer’s Daily team set out to investigate what legal education in Canada looks like during a pandemic. See link above for an article outlining the coverage we have published this week on the topic, all accessible for free.

Report warns against increasing use of algorithmic policing technology
Canadian governments and privacy watchdogs must act now to monitor and curb the expanding use of frequently invasive, data-driven, police surveillance technologies that could violate Charter rights, says a new study.

Human rights watchdog alleges Ontario still segregating prisoners with mental health issues
The Ontario government is potentially vulnerable to further legal action if allegations that it continues to keep prisoners with mental health disabilities in segregation prove to be true, says a lawyer who has won three class action lawsuits on the issue.

Federal Court of Appeal rejects judge’s appeal of judicial council’s recommendation for removal
The long and complex legal saga surrounding Quebec Superior Court Justice Michel Girouard, who is pulling all stops to fend off a Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) recommendation that he be removed from the bench, is winding down after the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed his objections.

Claim in constitutional challenge doesn’t require individual plaintiff, B.C. Appeal Court rules
A number of advocacy groups are hailing a recent B.C. Court of Appeal decision on public interest standing in a challenge of the province’s mental health laws, saying the court’s ruling will make it easier for grassroots organizations to bring forward constitutional cases in the future.

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