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

Friday, June 29, 2018 @ 3:08 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

New rules broaden security vetting of cannabis players but past crimes don’t automatically bar them from industry
The Trudeau government’s aim of barring organized crime from infiltrating the legalized adult-use cannabis industry is reflected in the sweeping new security clearance rules that will apply to owners, directors, controlling influences and other key players in the multibillion-dollar industry set to launch here in October.

SCC sheds first light on 2008 impaired driving reforms
The Supreme Court of Canada has for the first time provided guidance on the 2008 sentencing reforms that created the new offences of refusing to provide a breath sample where death or bodily harm occurs (Criminal Code ss. 255(2.2) and (3.2)).

More than half of employers worried about marijuana legalization, report states
A little more than half of Canadian employers are concerned about how marijuana legalization will impact the workplace, according to a new study. But should they be?

Mercer elected LSO treasurer, recognizes role of technology
After two rounds of voting, the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) Convocation erupted into applause as Malcolm Mercer was elected as the governing body’s 67th treasurer.

Explaining the SCC’s ‘duelling banjos’ decision in TWU
In his column, Richard Pound writes: “Ever since the enactment of the Charter, the court has adopted a consistent policy to advance its impact and there was never much of a chance that it would opt for a narrowing of that impact in this case. The only real issue was which set of rights would be given the nod — freedom of religion or the freedom to identify oneself as LGBTQ.”

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