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

Friday, December 04, 2020 @ 2:55 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Federal judicial appointment system too open to political interference: lawsuit
The federal government has been hit with a lawsuit alleging its system of appointing judges is too open to political interference and violates the public’s constitutional rights to fair and impartial courts.

Liberals table bill to align Canadian law with UN declaration on Indigenous rights
The federal government has made good on a promise to introduce “transformational” legislation that would provide a framework for aligning Canadian laws with rights laid out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

No legislative gap in assisted human reproduction legislation, B.C. Court of Appeal says
B.C.’s highest court has ruled a woman cannot use her late husband’s reproductive material to have a new child, despite her assertions he wanted a larger family during life.

Superior Court has jurisdiction over head of police union’s claim against ex-chief: Appeal Court
Ontario’s top court has reinstated a lawsuit brought by the head of the Ottawa Police Association (OPA) against the city’s former chief of police in a decision that will be welcomed by police unions across the province, according to the successful appellant’s counsel.

Significant employment law decisions in 2020
In his column, Stuart Rudner writes “Every year, I find myself saying the same thing: “You would think that by 20__, employment law in Canada would be settled.” And yet every year, we have case law that significantly alters the landscape and, in many cases, causes parties to realize that their legal position has been dramatically altered. In some cases, counsel have to update their templates to ensure that they will be upheld.”

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