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

Friday, November 27, 2020 @ 2:20 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Access to Justice: Will COVID-19 justice become the norm?
In her column, The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin writes: “I am an optimist. In previous columns I have expressed the hope that COVID-19 will reveal the inefficiencies and gaps in how we deliver justice to Canadians and allow us to build a better justice system that combines the strengths of the current system with new thinking on how to run our justice institutions more efficiently and humanely. This is still my hope. But two other possibilities have increasingly preoccupied me, as the never-ending pandemic grinds on and on and on.”

Canada’s top diplomat in Washington on working with Trump, Biden administrations
As Americans mark Thanksgiving, the tumult of the recent U.S. presidential election appears to be subsiding, with President-elect Joe Biden naming key appointments in his administration as the transition of power begins, despite President Donald Trump’s continued legal challenges to the results.

New medical assistance in dying bill passes constitutional muster, justice minister says
Canada’s justice minister is saying its new legislation on medical assistance in dying (MAiD) will pass the constitutional test, despite concerns that it may discriminate against people who are suffering from mental illness.

IRB’s factual jurisprudential guides didn’t overstep mark: Federal Court of Appeal
The Federal Court of Appeal has reinforced the power of the Immigration and Refugee Board’s (IRB) chairperson to formulate jurisprudential guides (JGs) containing factual determinations even as it urged caution about their use.

Ontario court gives green light to precedent-setting environmental case
In a landmark victory for Canadian climate-change activists, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has dismissed a bid by the Ontario government to shut down a lawsuit launched by seven young environmentalists alleging that weaker climate change legislation passed by Premier Doug Ford’s Conservatives violates the s. 7 and s. 15 Charter rights of the province’s youth and future generations.

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