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

Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 3:15 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Judge ‘shocked’ by JDR room full of ‘very large dark men’ does ‘not harbour racist views’: federal judicial council
An Alberta judge who publicly expressed her “shock” in unexpectedly encountering a judicial dispute resolution room “full of very large dark men” does “not harbour racist views” the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) states in a decision that critics say fails to adequately address or acknowledge unconscious and systemic racial bias on the federal bench.

Supreme Court clarifies law of unlawful confinement in case where parents beat young child to death
The Supreme Court of Canada has clarified what constitutes unlawful confinement of a child by a parent in reasons for judgment that explain why the top court upheld the first-degree murder convictions last year of an Alberta couple who fatally battered their 6-year-old daughter.

‘Good character’ requirement motion may be heated topic at Law Society of Ontario’s annual meeting
A motion regarding the “good character” requirement contained in the Law Society Act has some lawyers questioning how far the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) will go to support transparency and inclusivity.

McLachlin’s diplomacy, caring helped defuse tensions, build consensus at SCC: ex-judge LeBel
Beverley McLachlin’s behind-the-scenes diplomacy in dealing with the inevitable disagreements and rivalries among the Supreme Court of Canada’s competitive and “ambitious” nine members helped the top court achieve a remarkable level of consensus during her 18 years as its leader, says retired Supreme Court Justice Louis LeBel.

Law society warns Toronto paralegals of threats, arson
Ontario’s law society has issued a warning to paralegals in Toronto’s west end, claiming they may be the targets of arson attacks following the torching of an SUV belonging to a traffic ticket fighter.

Securities commissions weigh in on big weed deal
In his analysis article, Fraser McDonald writes: “The Ontario and Saskatchewan securities commissions recently released joint reasons for their orders issued following a joint hearing held last December in relation to an unsolicited takeover bid by Aurora Cannabis Inc. for Cannimed Therapeutics Inc., one of the oldest participants in Canada’s medical marijuana market.”

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