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

Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 2:23 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

SCC reiterates that ‘innocence at stake’ remains sole exception to informer privilege
The Supreme Court has reiterated 9-0 that informer privilege can only be pierced in criminal cases when an accused convinces a court via a “McClure” application that his or her innocence is at stake.

Ontario Human Rights Commission tackles segregation, police profiling in annual report
Addressing human rights concerns may be challenging, but “discrimination is too costly to ignore” writes Renu Mandhane, the chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), in the organization’s recently released annual report.

Access issues abound with new Nova Scotia cybersafety laws, says expert
A Nova Scotia legal scholar is echoing concerns about that province’s newest cybersafety legislation, citing access to justice challenges victims could face when attempting to have intimate images removed from the Internet.

International Association of Defense Counsel pushes for class action reform in Ontario
The International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) has thrown its hat into the ring for class action reform in Ontario after the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) released a call for consultation in its review of the Class Proceedings Act.

Assembly of First Nations election a battle for sovereignty
In her column, Pamela Palmater writes: “While elections for prime minister, premier and even mayors attract nightly political commentary, analysis and predictions in the months and weeks prior to their elections, there is generally very little commentary about the AFN election outside of Indigenous media like APTN, Windspeaker or smaller Indigenous political blogs. Yet, what is at stake in this election for First Nations should be of great concern to Canadians.”
Matthew Grace is the Managing Editor of The Lawyer’s Daily.