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The Friday Brief

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

Friday, December 08, 2017 @ 1:50 PM  


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

Canada’s chief justice hangs up her red robes
It is the end of an era — and what an era it was. Quebec separation, same-sex marriage, physician-assisted death, and so on — Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin has participated in the most momentous and divisive legal debates of the past three decades.

Martin among the prospects for chief justice
The Liberal government is considering appointing Supreme Court nominee Sheilah Martin of Alberta — a bilingual anglophone who was born and raised in Quebec where she earned both civil law and common law degrees — as Canada’s 18th chief justice, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould informed MPs this week.

Lawyers anticipate split ruling as SCC reserves judgment after animated TWU hearing
As day two of the hotly contested TWU case drew to a close at the Supreme Court, several lawyers said they expect a split judgment — but counsel on both sides were less certain about the final outcome, or what the determinative issues of the multi-layered historic case will be.

Government should be honest about its support for UN Indigenous rights resolution
In his column, Julius Melnitzer writes: “Why is it that after 150 years of persecuting our Aboriginal neighbours, we still insist on misleading them? Why do we keep shrouding their hopes in mist?”

SCC’s examination of Hague Convention on child abduction has global interest
In her analysis article, Sharon Silbert writes: “Canada’s highest court heard an appeal last month on the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction for the first time in more than two decades.”

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