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

Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 2:27 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

CBA seeks ‘immediate’ divorce reforms to end harm to thousands of kids in support and relocation cases
Family law lawyers are asking Ottawa to “take immediate steps” to update the Divorce Act and end decades of unfairness and litigation harmful to thousands of children whose parents divorce.

First live webcast of treaty case advances reconciliation, public’s access to trials
The Ontario Superior Court has ordered what is believed to be the first gavel-to-gavel live streaming and archiving of a full trial.

Alberta judge’s fear of ‘big, dark people’ spotlights ‘systemic racism’ judiciary must combat, lawyers say
Complaints against Alberta Queen’s Bench Justice Kristine Eidsvik, who reportedly expressed her discomfort about entering a room in the presence of “big dark people,” have spotlighted issues of racial bias in the judiciary — and what the judiciary should do about it, racialized lawyers say.

French language still needs protection, Quebec Court of Appeal rules
A bid to overturn Quebec’s sign law by a group of anglophone merchants suffered another setback after the Quebec Court of Appeal upheld two lower court rulings which maintained that the French language is still vulnerable in Quebec and continues to need protection even though it has made “modest progress” in recent decades.

#MeToo: The importance of increased non-pecuniary damages for sexual abuse
In her column, Sandra Kovacs writes: “Civil sexual assault cases are challenging not only because the subject matter is emotionally taxing, but also because the client’s confidence in the justice system is already eroded — he or she approaches the litigation from a position of extreme reluctance, with an expectation of not being believed.”

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