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

Friday, April 09, 2021 @ 3:40 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Quebec Court of Appeal sets clear guidelines over use of screening devices for breath samples
Police officers who demand drivers to provide breath samples must have an approved screening device with them to be able to immediately conduct the test, ruled a full bench of the Quebec Court of Appeal, upending its own previous guidance that allowed delays depending on the circumstances.

CRTC hands out largest anti-spam fine to an individual
Privacy experts are encouraged by a landmark fine handed to a Canadian for unlawfully sending out more than half a million spam e-mails, saying greater enforcement and tougher penalties are needed to punish genuine bad actors.

Report urges insurance companies to start thinking about climate change now
Climate change has been called an existential threat to our planet, with scientists saying rising temperatures are causing more frequent and severe weather-related events such as flooding and wildfires. And now a group of legal experts is saying the time has come for insurance companies in Canada to start thinking about how to manage climate-related risk because of the unique challenges they face.

Ontario Court of Appeal expands judicial tool-box in lost evidence cases, says lawyer
A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in a drug-related case that saw police discard key evidence has increased the options available to judges beyond a blanket stay of proceedings in lost-evidence cases, says a lawyer involved in the matter.

Women’s History Month: Where we’ve come from, where we are going
In her column, Charlene Theodore writes: “The Ontario Bar Association’s work on gender equality in the profession has spanned several years. In that time, we have learned that a gender wage gap is just one part of a broader opportunity gap that women experience from the very start of their careers. Featured prominently within these experiences are unequal opportunities to build relationships, develop skills and work on the kinds of files that advance careers.”

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