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

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 12:12 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

‘Grave threat’ of climate change justifies federal carbon pricing standards, Supreme Court rules
The Homeric odyssey of Canada’s fight against climate change has taken another step after the Supreme Court ruled the federal government has the right to impose minimum carbon pricing standards on the provinces and territories.

Women general counsel sitting on public boards going up: report
Women in-house counsel are dominating their male counterparts when it comes to sitting on the boards of public companies, but the number of females tapped to be chief legal officer continues to lag, according to a new report.

Appeal Court ruling on data exclusion clauses significant for insurance bar, say lawyers
Insurance lawyers are hailing a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision as the high court’s first test of data exclusion clauses that are increasingly a fixture of commercial general liability policies.

Attorney general says Ontario moving forward with modernization agenda for justice system
Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey says increasing the number of judicial candidates the attorney general can choose from will help modernize the province’s judicial selection process and is the reason why the government is legislating that change.

Access to (In)justice: A critical race reflection
In his column, Joshua Sealy-Harrington writes: “It is a privilege to be invited by the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin to write the second guest column in her The Lawyer’s Daily series on access to justice. In the first guest column (by Justice Michelle O'Bonsawin), the former chief justice of Canada indicated that her hope for such columns was to widen perspectives on access to justice. With that in mind, I want to briefly explore how the dominant individualistic paradigm of access to justice is flawed, and how we must shift to a systemic paradigm for meaningful access to justice in Canada to be realized.”

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