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

Friday, August 25, 2017 @ 3:48 PM | By Matthew Grace

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Here are my picks for the top stories we published this week in The Lawyer’s Daily.

Legal Aid Ontario to cease funding African Canadian Legal Clinic in September
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has decided to defund the African Canadian Legal Clinic (ACLC) as of Sept. 30 after its dispute resolution process revealed "financial mismanagement" at the clinic.

Feds' public polling on minimum sentencing questioned by criminal lawyers
Criminal lawyers are scratching their heads as to why the Liberal government is polling the public on loosening mandatory minimum sentencing put in place as part of the previous Conservative government’s tough-on-crime agenda.

Ontario's moves to diversify judiciary praised, but more needs to be done: observers
Observers are applauding Ontario’s moves to create more diversity on the bench, but warn there is still a long way to go until the judiciary better reflects the population as a whole.

B.C. court rules eyewear firm's 'overbroad' non-competition clause unenforceable
The British Columbia Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court’s decision on a non-competition clause in a work-related agreement, calling the provision too broad and determining it does not meet the test for reasonableness.

Ontario ruling provides a look at Canada's Kafkaesque world of immigration detention
In his column, Guidy Mamann writes: “When a judge’s reasons begin by quoting Kafka to describe the immigration detention history of Ricardo Scotland of Barbados, you know that the rest of the decision simply can’t bode well for the government’s position.”

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