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

Friday, November 03, 2017 @ 1:54 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

SCC poised to hear landmark Groia case on lawyer ‘incivility’
An overflow crowd of lawyers is expected at the Supreme Court Nov. 6 to watch a much-anticipated lawyer “incivility” test case that could define the boundaries of barristers’ zealous legal representation and of law societies’ powers to regulate courtroom advocacy.

Judiciary says feds’ plan to disclose expenses of named judges is ‘constitutionally defective’
The Canadian judiciary is pushing back hard against Bill C-58, warning MPs that the Trudeau government’s proposal to publicly disclose the travel and other expenses of named federal judges is “grossly unfair and unacceptable” and violates judicial independence.

LSUC will be known as Law Society of Ontario in 2018
The approach of a new year signals a new name for the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) as benchers decided in a majority vote to change the regulator’s name to Law Society of Ontario.

Presence of Indigenous sacred sites doesn’t bar ski development, SCC rules
The Supreme Court has specified new limits for the scope of the s. 2(a) Charter right to religious freedom, but has not slammed the constitutional door shut on protecting sites on public lands that are sacred to Indigenous spiritual belief and practice.

MPs’ recommendations for legal aid give hope to stakeholders fighting for reform
The Commons Justice Committee report containing 10 recommendations to change the legal aid system in Canada is being called a “good first step” by legal clinic stakeholders who have been earnest in their calls for improvement of a system in peril.

Bill 62 neither rationally connected to its objective nor proportionate to negative effects
In her column, Leenat Jilani writes: “Bill 62 banning face coverings, including the niqab worn by some Muslim women, for those providing and receiving a public service, is unconstitutional and a direct violation to freedom of conscience and religion.”

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