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The Friday Brief

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

Friday, August 24, 2018 @ 2:29 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Wilson-Raybould vows to ‘advance change’ on MMPs after latest judge strikes down mandatory minimums
Reiterating her support for judicial discretion in sentencing, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has vowed to “advance change” on mandatory minimum penalties (MMPs) after an Ontario Superior Court judge recently struck down two mandatory minimum jail terms for a “naïve” and “nice” young pimp who was convicted of child prostitution and child pornography offences.

Tardy Ontario judge keeps job; court now tracking delays more closely
An Ontario Superior Court judge whose court let her render late reserved judgments for years is keeping her $321,600 per annum job — despite the harm her tardiness caused some litigants.

RCMP launches online training course for police on cannabis legislation
Canadian police officers now have an extra tool in their pockets when the deadline for the legalization of cannabis ticks down with the development of a new online training course, but a legal expert is saying much of the education is likely to take place on the streets rather than in front of a computer screen.

Voice of the Child reports now offered across Ontario
Ontario family courts now have multiple ways to gain a child’s perspective as the Office of the Children’s Lawyer is offering Focused Children’s Lawyer Reports (FCLR) and Voice of the Child reports (VOCs). The service is provided province-wide after a lengthy research project showed the reports’ positive impact.

The anonymous resumé: What’s in a name?
In her column, Shara Roy writes: “Bias and exclusion are complex problems with no one cause. As a result, diversity and inclusion is a process and has no one solution.”

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