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

Friday, May 28, 2021 @ 1:37 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

‘Chutzpah in full flight’: Justice Abella gives emotional farewell address
Before her final hearing with the Supreme Court, Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella used a moving speech to reflect on opportunity, tragedy, life and love with a candour and tenderness rarely displayed by those who occupy the bench.

‘We lost the battle but won the war’ in fight against Alberta inquiry, environmental group says
Although it lost in its court fight to put an end to a controversial inquiry into so-called “anti-Alberta” energy campaigns, environmental law charity Ecojustice is saying it is pleased with the outcome because the lawsuit and the attention paid to it may have blunted much of the inquiry’s impact.

Ottawa primed to help Manitoba with surging COVID-19
Canada’s government is gearing up to send a range of health supports to Manitoba to help the province fight a deadly third wave of COVID-19.

Racial profiling test doesn’t depend on police credibility, rules Ontario Court of Appeal
A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision involving a Black man who was pulled over by police and arrested will help clarify the legal test for racial profiling, say lawyers.

An unholy mess: Why a constitution is not a contract
In her column, Heather MacIvor writes: “Volunteer organizations are supposedly united by the pursuit of shared goals. Faith communities aspire to embody love and forgiveness, not rancour and division. But where strongly held beliefs are at issue, turning the other cheek is easier said than done. Wherever human beings gather in groups, be they religious congregations, political parties or charitable agencies, disagreements arise, egos clash and factions emerge. Voluntary organizations must find a way to manage internal conflicts, or risk collapse.”

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