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

Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 3:29 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Law societies get bumpy ride at SCC hearing of Groia ‘incivility’ test case
Legal regulators’ argument that they can discipline defence counsel who can’t demonstrate a “reasonable basis” for alleging prosecutorial misconduct in court was probed by Supreme Court judges concerned about chilling robust advocacy.

SCC rules informer privilege won’t shield wrongdoing by Crime Stopper tipsters
Anonymous crime tipsters can’t hide behind informer privilege in furtherance of their own criminal activity or with the aim of interfering with the administration of justice, the Supreme Court has ruled.

Ottawa sticks to its plan to compel judges to publicly disclose expenses
The Liberal government has refused the judiciary’s plea to water down proposed legislative changes that would require judges to publicly disclose their travel and other expenses for the first time.

Discussion on medically assisted death should be extended to youth: pediatric group
With medical assistance in dying (MAiD) now legal in Canada, parliamentarians are looking to extend the conversation beyond the strict requirements on the procedure enshrined in federal legislation.

Regulation, insurance — even litigation — in today's growing sharing economy
In their analysis article, Jonathan Meadows and Daniel Reid write: “The growth of Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, VRBO and other ride-sharing or home-sharing platforms raises important questions about regulation and insurance.”

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