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

Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 2:54 PM | By Matthew Grace

Last Updated: Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

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

SCC clarifies test on legality of post-incorporation contracts
The Supreme Court has ruled the test for finding whether a post-incorporation contract exists is the same as it is for any other agreement, a decision being called an important one for certainty in commercial transactions.

Sexual assault training bill for judges passes second reading in House of Commons
The House of Commons has once again approved in principle a bill that will provide for the training of judges on sexual assault law. Bill C-3, An Act to amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code, passed second reading unanimously Oct. 19.

Civil liberties group to appeal border ban ruling in Newfoundland and Labrador
Canada’s civil rights watchdog is appealing a Newfoundland court’s ruling that the province was right to close its borders to non-essential entry in light of the COVID-19 health crisis.

Queen’s University to remove Macdonald’s name from law building
A decision by Queen’s University to remove the name of Canada’s first prime minister from its faculty of law building has been criticized by federal Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole as “cancel culture.”

Milton courthouse workers concerned about health impact of mould in building
Workers at the Milton courthouse are worried about their health after a mould problem in the building shut down in-person court proceedings last week. “We’re trying to figure out if the judges aren’t there, why are our people there?” Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union (OPSEU) official Neil Martin told The Lawyer’s Daily.

What it’s like to be Black@Blakes
In his column, Kyle Elliott writes: “This past summer, the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and too many others have brought to light issues of racial injustice that have long plagued our institutions. At home and abroad, these events have led to protests, policy debates and many difficult conversations about what we can individually and collectively do to combat anti-Black racism. It reminded many that the fight for equality and inclusion is as urgent as ever.”

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