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The Friday Brief

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

Friday, August 10, 2018 @ 2:58 PM | By Matthew Grace


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

Surveillance, data control concerns persist as Sidewalk Labs’ smart city development takes next step
The development of a smart city community on Toronto’s waterfront may seem like a sci-fi scenario, but legal academics and researchers are raising real privacy, surveillance and data control concerns with Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs’ development plans.

Alberta announces new provincial court judges, but need more severe elsewhere: observers
The Alberta government has announced the appointment of five new judges to the provincial court in order to address delay issues, but observers are saying the problem is much more prevalent elsewhere in the provincial judicial system.

Ontario court’s upholding of an embryo as ‘property’ could impact future disputes, lawyer says
An Ontario court awarding a woman an embryo as her “property” will add “another layer of complexity” to future cases involving consent contracts and their place in couples’ disputes over the ownership of such reproductive material, a lawyer says.

Doctors’ names and OHIP billing not ‘personal information’, court rules
The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a decision of the Divisional Court affirming orders from the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPCO) that a physician’s name and dollar amounts billed under OHIP is not “personal information” and is therefore disclosable.

Systemic changes, not tougher laws needed to curb gun violence
In his column, Clayton Ruby writes: “Okay. We’re feeling, as many of you must be as well, that guns are everywhere and that illegal handguns are out of control. We can’t accept that our future is one of plastic printed guns — with no metal parts — that could not be detected even going on an airplane. But why is this occurring and what can we do?”

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