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

Friday, June 04, 2021 @ 3:37 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Ottawa pledges to implement recommendations from former SCC judge on military justice
The federal government is promising action on a recent report which is recommending sweeping changes to Canada’s military justice system.

Federal Appeal Court ruling upholds first-ever court blocking order against Canadian ISPs
In a precedent-setting case, the Federal Court of Appeal has upheld a Federal Court judge’s 2019 ruling that — for the first time in Canada — granted a request from three broadcasting-telecommunications companies to order 11 Internet service providers (ISPs), including those affiliated with them, to block access to online streaming services operated by GoldTV, whom the plaintiffs accused of copyright infringement.

Appeal allowed against Enbridge Inc. in duty of care dispute; court orders trial
Duty of care owed by Enbridge Inc. has been raised as a triable issue in a case before the Ontario Court of Appeal after an explosion damaged an apartment building where the gas regulators were maintained by a subsidiary company. Counsel involved in the case noted that there are “important lessons for lawyers” from the decision that deal with “corporate governance and the relationship between parent companies and their subsidiaries.”

LSO bolsters bylaws to fight money laundering
The Law Society of Ontario has approved changes to its bylaws in a bid to better protect its members from getting mixed up in money laundering schemes. The amendments, modelled after anti-money laundering (AML) guidelines set out by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC), were passed during the LSO’s May 27 Convocation and are set to take hold Jan. 1, 2022.

Do attitudes that inspired residential schools still prevail in Canada?
In his column, Stephen O’Neill writes: “But there are two sides to the Canadian apology coin. Stated simply, as long as concepts used to justify European sovereignty over Indigenous lands and peoples remain in law and are not repudiated, then the hard fact remains that the attitudes that built and inspired the Indian Residential Schools system continue to prevail in Canada.”

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