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

Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 3:33 PM | By John Carson

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John Carson
Stepping in for the Managing Editor, here are my picks for the top stories we published this week.

Ontario Court of Appeal rules pandemic should not trigger automatic bail reviews
In its first full-panel ruling regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the bail analysis, the Ontario Court of Appeal has found in a split decision that the pandemic does not in every case constitute a material change in circumstances automatically warranting a new bail hearing.

RCMP apologizes for sexual harassment, homophobia in its ranks
The commissioner of the RCMP has apologized to members of her force following an independent report calling for an external, in-depth review into the Mounties after finding sexual harassment, misogyny and homophobia within the policing organization.

COVID-19 vaccine injury lawsuits — Don’t count on it | Jasmine Daya
The entire world is eagerly awaiting completion of the final trials of a COVID-19 vaccine. The Canadian government has reportedly secured deals to obtain the vaccine and has commenced plans for effective distribution. As a personal injury lawyer, I am thinking ahead to the liability perspective and concerned that the Canadian government does not appear to have done anything on this front to protect Canadians.

Lest we forget: Whole Foods, power of political symbols
November witnesses the red poppy pinned to the chests of countless Canadian citizens, residents and visitors. Individuals wear the poppy to honour veterans and as “a visual pledge to never forget those who sacrificed for our freedom” (the Royal Canadian Legion). However, Remembrance Day, and in particular the poppy, rarely arrives without some associated controversy.

Million-dollar question: Bonus entitlements during reasonable notice period
SJO Legal PC was involved in the case of Matthews v. Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd. [2020] S.C.J. No. 26, in which the Supreme Court of Canada handed down a significant judgment in October. The highest court in the country took the opportunity to clarify fundamental legal principles underlying an employer’s duty to act in good faith and the obligation to provide employees with reasonable notice of dismissal.

John Carson is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Lawyer’s Daily.