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

Friday, February 05, 2021 @ 4:19 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Ontario Appeal Court clarifies majority voting for TSX-listed firms
When electing directors for companies listed under the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), votes withheld are counted as ballots against the election of a director, ruled the Ontario Court of Appeal recently in overturning a lower court’s finding that withheld votes are those not cast.

Decision sets ‘important precedent’ on federal powers over patented products, lawyer says
Seven pharmaceutical companies, along with a string of intellectual property organizations and patients’ groups acting as interveners, which challenged the constitutionality of new regulations intended to lower patented drug prices were rebuffed after the Quebec Superior Court found that price control of patented drugs falls within the scope of the federal government’s powers over patents.

Strategic plan to guide B.C. law society in 2021: president
The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) has jumped into 2021 with a new head at its bencher table and a new strategic plan to guide its efforts.

Quebec Appeal Court sends ‘clear message’ over systemic delays in transcripts: lawyers
The Quebec Court of Appeal, exasperated by provincial government inaction, delivered a rare but stinging rebuke over recurring systemic unmitigated delays in securing trial transcripts that disproportionately affect English-speaking appellants and which “regrettably” put into question the proper administration of criminal justice in Quebec.

Wellness: Rights and obligations
In his column, Darryl Singer writes: “I, like most Ontarians, am tired. Tired of the stay-at-home order that’s more of a suggestion than an actual order. Tired of not being able to go the places I enjoy. Tired of not being able to take a long overdue vacation to somewhere warm. Tired of not seeing the sunshine for the last two months. Tired of my family (I love them but if we’re being honest, we all need a teensy break from one another right now). Tired of following the rules. And yet, the last 10 months have also allowed me to shelter in place with a harmonious family, continue to do the work I love with colleagues who motivate and challenge me, earn a living and reclaim all of that commuting time to actually be less stressed and spend more quality time with my family.”

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