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

Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:12 PM | By Matthew Grace


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

Bar complains of long delays in naming federal judges; justice minister says record number appointed in 2017
The Trudeau government’s chronic failure to name judges on time has renewed complaints from the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), which is demanding a speedy fix for the persistent appointment delays, along with an explanation from Ottawa for why it takes so long to fill judicial vacancies that are forecast months ahead.

SCC rules public interest standing rules developed by courts don’t apply to complaints to federal agency
The Supreme Court has split 6-3 to rule that the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) acted unreasonably when it used the rules of public interest standing developed by the civil courts to dismiss a discrimination complaint that sought to eliminate Delta Air Lines’ policies for transporting obese passengers.

Court certifies cabbies’ $215M class action for city’s alleged discrimination in regulating Uber
In the latest legal fallout from Uber’s disruption of the taxi industry, the Ontario Superior Court has paved the way for a $215 million class action for discrimination and negligent regulation that was launched by cab drivers against the City of Ottawa.

CBA warns of court challenge to Bill C-58 if Ottawa persists with ‘incursions’ on privilege
The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) says it will “in all likelihood” go to court to challenge incursions on professional secrecy, if Ottawa proceeds to enact proposed measures that would empower the federal privacy and information commissioners to review legal advice and other privileged communications between legal advisers and their federal government clients.

Empathy needed in dealing with health-related immigration cases, say lawyers
Immigration decision-makers must cast aside stigma and compassionately “step into the shoes” of those with serious medical conditions wanting to move to Canada, say lawyers following a successful appeal involving an HIV-positive Chinese man.

Ontario minimum wage hike: Good idea, bad execution
In his column, Stuart Rudner writes: “The problem may not be the fact that the minimum wage was increased, but the manner in which the increase was introduced.”

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