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

Friday, July 27, 2018 @ 2:52 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

CCLA, criminal lawyers raise red flags as Toronto approves increased surveillance
Michael Bryant knows there’s a lot of fear in Toronto right now. “It feels more dangerous today, but the reality is that gun violence is not a prevalent risk for Canadians,” the executive director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) said.

Quebec judge’s actions draw rebuke from Appeal Court
A Quebec judge who refused to hear a quarrel between neighbours and emphatically insisted that they negotiate a settlement before adjourning without cause a hearing over which he should have presided the same day has been sanctioned by the Quebec Court of Appeal.

Over 40 researchers commit to AI project aimed at improving access to justice
According to Nicolas Vermeys, the vice-director of the Cyberjustice Laboratory in Montreal, artificial intelligence (AI) is coming, and the legal profession needs to prepare.

CRA’s decision on relief from filing deadlines ‘unreasonable and incorrect’, court rules
In a 2-1 decision, the Federal Court of Appeal has allowed the appeal of a private corporation seeking relief from a filing requirement under the Income Tax Act. The dissent, written by Justice David Stratas, was critical of the Minister of National Revenue’s failure to interpret the Act and that, as an independent reviewer, the judge is not the minister’s “adviser, thinker, or ghostwriter.”

The best high for cannabis companies might come from strong IP rights
In their analysis article, Micheline Gravelle and Jennifer McKenzie write: “The retail value of the recreational cannabis market in Canada has been estimated to be from $4.9 billion to $8.7 billion per year. The total potential economic impact could be about $22.6 billion. Due to the large market value, it is increasingly important that companies producing cannabis, cannabis products and devices seek to protect their intellectual property (IP) in Canada.”

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