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

Friday, January 29, 2021 @ 4:41 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

University of Windsor law school introduces anti-Black racism measures
The Black Law Students’ Association at the University of Windsor is urging the faculty of law to go beyond a series of steps it recently announced partly in response to incidents of anti-Black racism that have affected some Black law students.

Pandemic presents new challenges for condo boards, says expert
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario courts are recognizing that condominium boards have the right to impose policies designed to protect their owners’ health, says an expert in condo law.

Young people detained under B.C. mental health law not aware of legal rights, advocate says
B.C.’s representative for children and youth is urging the province to change its mental health legislation to better protect the interests of young people and ensure that they are aware of what steps they can take when they are involuntarily detained.

B.C. access to justice network asking for input on ensuring family well-being in legal system
As British Columbia marks its newest access to justice week, an organization dedicated to access issues has announced it will pilot an initiative focused on how to better achieve family well-being in the justice system.

Determining clout of Queen’s Counsel designation
In her column, Sarah Leamon writes: “Aside from the distinction it provides to recipients appearing in courtrooms at all levels, a Queen’s Counsel (QC) designation also signals a sense of esteem amongst other members of the bar and the greater public. It is a tradition steeped in professionalism and privilege, which begs the question: should it continue?”

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