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

Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 2:17 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Random breath testing coming to Canada Dec. 18; counsel foresee Charter attacks ‘very early on’
Despite constitutional warnings from many law groups and senators, random breath testing (RBT) will come to Canada in 180 days — just in time for the holidays.

TWU ruling sheds light on religious freedom, administrative law but some questions left unresolved
What do we know about the law that we didn’t know before the Supreme Court of Canada rendered its much-anticipated companion rulings in the landmark Trinity Western University case on June 15?

Sexual harassment claims a perfect storm of trouble for businesses, say lawyers
As a result of a #MeToo-charged environment, and because of media attention on high-profile Canadian examples, Alix Herber and Sarah Graves, who are partners at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP in the labour and employment group, are busier than they’ve ever been with sexual harassment cases.

Questioning of complainant’s ‘sexual activity’ must be allowed in assault case, court rules
The Ontario Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial in a sexual assault case as it determined the appellant was denied the opportunity to ask “relevant questions” about the complainant’s sexual activity to assist in his defence.

Access to Justice: Action committee looks at problems, innovative solutions
In his column, the Honourable Thomas Cromwell writes: “All of us concerned about access to justice will not be satisfied until there is a great deal more improvement. But this gathering of leaders demonstrated that there is a growing commitment to make the necessary change and an impressive array of innovative projects showing that making that change is possible.”

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