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

Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 2:21 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

New chief justice of Canada seeks ‘good justice for all,’ reforms to ‘opaque’ judicial discipline, administration
Lawyers and judges should strive for “good justice for all and not exceptional justice for a few,” the new chief justice of Canada says.

Fisheries Act sea change aims for conservation, clarity but Bill C-68 includes plenty of work for regulatory lawyers
Proposed Fisheries Act amendments will roll back industry-driven reforms from 2012 that were condemned by marine scientists, restore the broad protection of fish and fish habitat sought by environmentalists, enhance Indigenous powers over fisheries and add more regulatory teeth and tools to enforce the law.

Bill C-69 aims to expand and speed federal reviews but lawyers doubt process will be faster or cheaper
Lawyers are dubious that a proposed major overhaul of the federal environmental review and regulation processes will deliver more predictable timelines and speedier reviews to proponents of major projects, as vowed by the Trudeau government.

SCC restores Specific Claims Tribunal’s decision that First Nation’s historic claims against Canada are valid
In a boost for historic First Nations claims and the largely unheralded work of the Specific Claims Tribunal (SCT), a divided Supreme Court of Canada has restored the tribunal’s ruling that the Colony of British Columbia breached its fiduciary obligation to preserve the lands of the Williams Lake Indian Band from white settlement before Confederation — and that the federal Crown is responsible for that breach, as well as for Ottawa’s own failure to meet its obligations to the band after B.C. joined Confederation in 1871.

Solicitor-client info must be kept from information commissioner’s prying eyes, say lawyers
An East Coast lawyer is warning against the toppling of a “pillar” of law following talk of allowing P.E.I.’s information commissioner access to material protected by solicitor-client privilege.

The case for pardoning those with marijuana convictions
In Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner’s column they write: “So what should happen to the thousands of people with convictions related to Canada’s criminalization of marijuana?”

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