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

Friday, June 18, 2021 @ 3:22 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

PM announces nomination of Ontario Court of Appeal Justice Jamal to SCC
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on June 17 announced the nomination of Justice Mahmud Jamal to the Supreme Court of Canada. According to a government release, Justice Jamal “had a distinguished career as a litigator with a deep commitment to pro bono work prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 2019. He appeared in 35 appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada on civil, constitutional, criminal and regulatory issues. He also taught constitutional law at McGill University and administrative law at Osgoode Hall Law School.”

Chief Justice Wagner hopes stakeholders will ‘explore new ways to use technology’
In a press conference on June 17, Chief Justice Richard Wagner announced that the Supreme Court of Canada will continue to hold virtual hearings “if parties want it that way.”

‘Astonishing’ if case on taxation of Aeroplan Miles doesn’t make it to SCC, lawyer says
The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled against a major Canadian bank in its quest to get a rebate on the GST it paid as part of its Aeroplan Miles credit card program, but legal observers are saying they could see the case heading to the Supreme Court due to the lower court’s disagreement on how to interpret the contract the bank signed.

Bill to amend Official Languages Act highlights bilingualism in courts
On June 15, Mélanie Joly, minister of economic development and official languages, supported by Jean‑Yves Duclos, president of the Treasury Board, and David Lametti, minister of justice and attorney general of Canada, introduced Bill C-32, an Act for the Substantive Equality of French and English and the Strengthening of the Official Languages Act.

Let’s make Bill C-31 happen
In his column, John L. Hill writes: “When a prisoner is released into the community, the major difficulties in reintegration involve what most of us take for granted: getting a job and a place to live. When living conditions are worse outside the prison walls than within, it is all too tempting to do some criminal act to return to a place where basic human needs are met.”

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