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

Friday, October 09, 2020 @ 2:26 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Courts in Canada weighing climate constitutional challenges
Moving the needle on climate change may soon no longer be the exclusive domain of politicians as courts across the country consider whether to move ahead with a number of lawsuits which are arguing the way in which federal and provincial governments have dealt with greenhouse gas emissions has violated Canada’s Constitution.

Proposed Ontario legislation moves family law in right direction, lawyers say
Proposed legislation in Ontario will align family law in the province with the revamped federal Divorce Act and will benefit families by creating a level playing field for the families of married and unmarried parents, say two family law leaders.

Constitution does not protect Indigenous hunting rights for non-residents, Supreme Court hears
The Supreme Court is weighing a case which will decide whether an Indigenous man resident in the United States has constitutionally protected hunting rights in Canada, which he argued was part of the traditional territory of his ancestors.

B.C. law society annual general meeting OKs proposal on job protections for articled students
The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) has been given a year to ensure articled students in B.C. are protected by provincial employment standards legislation.

Quebec Court of Appeal ruling clarifies licensing rules under Copyright Act: IP experts
A Montreal software company that was ordered to pay $125,000 in damages to a Quebec publisher for illicit and intentional copyright violations won a legal battle after the Quebec Court of Appeal overturned the lower court decision.

Wrongful convictions: Much work remains to be done
In their column, Ron Dalton and Kirk Makin write: “It is that time of year again when the seasonal fall of leaves and the frosty air reminds us all of the pending Canadian winter, it is also the time we pause to recognize that, despite our collective best efforts, wrongful convictions continue to occur in this country and that many individuals remain incarcerated for crimes they did not do or even, in some instances, for crimes which never occurred.”

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