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The Friday Brief

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

Friday, August 31, 2018 @ 2:59 PM | By Matthew Grace


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

Federal Court of Appeal quashes Trans Mountain pipeline, citing environmental, Indigenous concerns
The Federal Court of Appeal has quashed the federal government’s approval of the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline project, saying the National Energy Board (NEB)’s review of the project was flawed and that Canada did not properly consult with Indigenous peoples who would be affected by the project.

As legal cannabis looms, Ottawa approves first roadside oral fluid drug screening equipment
With cannabis legalization fast approaching, Ottawa has approved for the first time roadside oral fluid drug screening equipment for use by the RCMP and provincial police forces in enforcing the Criminal Code’s prohibition of drug-impaired driving.

SCC slated to examine whether Jordan’s time limits apply in provincial youth court
An Edmonton youth whose s. 11(b) Charter claim of undue trial delay was rejected by the Alberta courts is appealing his convictions to the Supreme Court of Canada, his lawyer says.

Rosen’s career comes full circle as he’s to receive CLA’s prestigious Martin medal
Renowned criminal defence lawyer John Rosen was away from the office when he heard the president of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA) was trying to get in touch with him. Rosen thought it was about a disgruntled client looking to switch lawyers, but Michael Lacy was actually trying to bestow something much greater.

Harsher penalties to stop workplace discrimination, boost accommodation
In his column Stuart Rudner writes: “The message seems clear: in 2018, people should not be prevented from working due to barriers that have no relation to their ability to do their job. And yet our courts and tribunals continue to award nominal compensation when organizations discriminate against candidates or employees in contravention of human rights legislation.”

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