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

Friday, October 02, 2020 @ 3:55 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

A personal reflection on Ruth Bader Ginsburg
In her column on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin writes: “Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a woman of intellectual commitment and passion. She cared about many things, but the central, defining passion of her life was the advancement of the position of women — and by extension other disadvantaged groups — in her society.”

Ambitious throne speech agenda requires concrete action on part of government, observers say
The Trudeau government’s ambitious throne speech has set out a broad agenda for Ottawa to follow as it continues in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, but observers are saying the plan largely avoids specifics and swift action is needed to follow up on what the Liberals are promising.

B.C. law society approves action on paralegals, fee reductions at September bencher meeting
The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) faced a full table of issues at its most recent bencher meeting, endorsing a proposal on the possible future role of paralegals and moving to reduce fees for individuals most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Flood lawsuit example of shift in thinking on responsibility for natural disasters: law prof
Residents of a B.C. town have launched a class action against the provincial government and a number of forestry companies arguing negligent logging caused devastating floods in 2018, and a legal observer is saying more and more cases like it are to be expected because such events are consistent with a changing climate.

Dean stresses access to justice as Ontario’s newest law school officially launches
As Toronto’s first new law school in more than a century celebrated its official opening, founding dean Donna Young declared that Ryerson University’s Faculty of Law is ready to engage with the most challenging legal issues of our time — including those highlighted by the pandemic.

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