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

Friday, March 09, 2018 @ 2:53 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Joyal says impaired driving bill violates Charter, is ‘full of holes’; Senators worried Bill C-46 will overburden courts
The Trudeau government’s proposed alcohol-and drug-impaired driving legislation violates the Charter and will clog already overburdened courts with Charter challenges from coast to coast to coast, says Senate Liberal Serge Joyal, the influential chair of the red chamber’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee.

Defence bar and women’s groups set to clash as SCC re-examines sexual assault and consent
Women’s groups and the defence bar are preparing to butt heads at the Supreme Court of Canada after the top court announced on International Women’s Day that it will hear a defence appeal from an important judgment on the law of sexual assault and consent.

Ontario needs legislative reform to tackle gender-based violence, lawyer says

Building on action plans to end domestic abuse and sexual harassment, the Ontario government has launched a gender-based violence strategy aimed at prevention and providing survivors with more support.

International Women’s Day a call to arms for lawyers
In her column, Leanne Townsend writes: “The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #PressforProgress, and lawyers must be at the forefront of the movement. There are several ways to do so.”

Balanced response key to workplace sexual misconduct allegations
In her analysis article, Sheryl Johnson writes: “To achieve equilibrium with an appropriate, fair and effective process, workplace allegations of sexual misconduct must be heard and investigated to the fullest and most private extent possible before determinations of credibility and fact are made.”

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