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The Friday Brief

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

Friday, September 14, 2018 @ 3:19 PM | By John Carson


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

ISPs entitled to ‘reasonable costs’ incurred to comply with third party disclosure orders in illegal downloading case, SCC rules
In a novel interpretation of the 2015 “notice and notice” provisions of the Copyright Act, the Supreme Court has ruled that Rogers Communications Inc. and other ISPs are entitled to be reimbursed for their “reasonable costs” in supplying the names and addresses of alleged illegal downloaders to copyright holders pursuant to Norwich third party disclosure orders.

Criminal defence lawyers leery of feds’ new cannabis testing device
A roulette wheel. This is how a number of criminal defence lawyers from around the country are referring to the Dräger DrugTest 5000, recently approved by the federal government as a device to be used by police in the testing of drivers for impairment from marijuana.

Calls for beneficial ownership registry grow as lawyers face new client ID, verification rules
Legal regulators and others are putting more pressure on Ottawa to act quickly to create a central, publicly accessible beneficial ownership registry of corporations and some trusts in order to better fight money laundering, corruption, tax evasion, organized crime and the financing of terrorism.

Does Premier Ford see the Constitution as merely a speed bump?
On Sept. 10, Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba set aside the electoral map imposed on the City of Toronto by the Ontario legislature in mid-August (City of Toronto et al. v. Ontario (Attorney General) 2018 ONSC 5151). He held that doubling the number of voters in each ward halfway through the campaign period violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. As expected, Premier Doug Ford announced that he would appeal Belobaba’s ruling.

Cat declawing: No longer acceptable, often illegal
People are often surprised to learn that Canada has some of the worst animal protection laws in the western world. Our professed identity as a kind and compassionate country hasn’t trickled down to animals — yet. But there’s reason to be optimistic. As we continue to become more attuned to the emotional and cognitive abilities of animals, and their capacity to experience pain, our legal and political systems are being forced to respond.

John Carson is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Lawyer's Daily.