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

Friday, December 01, 2017 @ 3:18 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

PM picks feminist constitutional scholar from Alberta for SCC
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has picked Alberta Court of Appeal Justice Sheilah Martin, a fluently bilingual former law dean with strong constitutional and feminist credentials, to replace Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, who retires Dec. 15.

TWU counsel get rougher ride than law societies at SCC hearing
Day one of the much-anticipated Trinity Western University (TWU) hearing at the Supreme Court featured tough judicial questions for both sides, but most questions were directed to counsel for the evangelical Christian university which contends British Columbia and Ontario legal regulators shouldn’t have denied it accreditation for its proposed law school.

Ottawa opens new door to expunge ‘historically unjust’ LGBTQ2 convictions
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave an emotional apology for Canada’s long-standing persecution of LGBTQ2 citizens, hours after his Liberal government tabled a bill to enable the erasure of “historically unjust convictions” for consensual same-sex sexual activity that was criminalized for decades via the offences of buggery, anal sex and gross indecency.

Crisis over irregular border crossings into Canada? What crisis?
In her column, Maureen Silcoff writes: “It’s important to impart information to would-be refugee claimants to allow them to make informed decisions. It’s equally important that the content of such public messaging remain clear and precise.”

Cryptocurrency and cybersecurity: The implications
In their analysis article, Sharon Bauer and Imran Ahmad write: “Cryptocurrency’s anonymity has driven the recent increase in ransomware attacks.”

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