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

Friday, August 20, 2021 @ 4:18 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Judiciary likely exempt from vaccine ‘mandates’ but won’t disclose vaccine plans for federal judges
As members of a separate branch of government, albeit on the federal payroll, the nation’s superior trial and appellate court judges right up to the Supreme Court of Canada are likely not subject to the federal vaccine mandate. But so far, their judicial leaders are not publicly disclosing what — if anything — they can, or will, do to verify, and ensure, the full vaccination of their 1,200 judges, including many travelling judges.

B.C. looks at making paid sick leave permanent after COVID-19 forced reckoning on issue
One of the things the COVID-19 pandemic has done is highlight the inadequacies of sick leave requirements in Canada, a perception which led many provinces to create some form of temporary paid leave as part of their approach in the fight against coronavirus. And now British Columbia is looking to make that move permanent and seeking public input on how the system should look.

Backlogs at court, A2J for jury trials at risk as pandemic persists
Despite the justice system’s massive pivot to adopt technology and remote hearings at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, legal organizations and lawyers have noted that a backlog persists creating an access to justice issue in areas of practice that require jury trials.

Tories propose pandemic financial supports, regulatory reforms, new offences and mandatory minimums
The Conservative Party’s self-described “very detailed” election platform contains dozens, if not hundreds, of promises of note to lawyers practising in diverse areas, including in-house, criminal, intellectual property, corporate-commercial, environment, tax, trade, immigration, labour and employment, charities, mining, oil and gas and other natural resources.

Liberals pledge more cash for pandemic-hit workers and businesses
The governing federal Liberals are pledging to extend their “Recovery Hiring Program” a further four months to March 31, 2022, if they are re-elected to form government on Sept. 20, 2021.

Self-regulatory organization will reform investment funds
In their column, Rowan Weaver and Jesse Beatson write: “Greater efficiencies for investment fund consumers and financial industry professionals are expected thanks to the phasing in of a single self-regulatory organization (SRO). This new SRO will replace a regime that has been in place since 2008 — investment dealers being regulated by the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and mutual fund dealers being regulated by the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA).”

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