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The Friday Brief

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

Friday, September 28, 2018 @ 1:08 PM | By John Carson

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

Judge seeks to quash CJC’s discipline proceedings for his volunteer work approved by chief justice
Can a judge be kicked off the federal bench for engaging in unpaid activity during a pre-approved leave of absence — activity for which he sought, and received, prior approval from his chief justice and from the federal Justice minister?

Artificial intelligence used in immigration systems raises human rights concerns, report says
A new report released by the University of Toronto (U of T) is drawing attention to the use of automated decision-making technologies in Canada’s immigration and refugee systems, with academics calling on the government to implement best practices to protect vulnerable peoples.

SCC asked to stay ruling that guts military justice system; military warns sexual assault prosecutions in jeopardy
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is asking the Supreme Court of Canada for an immediate stay of a recent bombshell Charter decision that guts the military justice system, and which prosecutors contend jeopardizes dozens of serious criminal prosecutions, including for sexual assault, The Lawyer’s Daily has learned.

Condemnation of World Anti-Doping Agency misdirected | Richard Pound
Nobody wants cheaters at the Olympic Games. Unfortunately, WADA has no legal power to keep them out. That is the responsibility of the IOC, the international federations and the national anti-doping organizations in each country. It is they who need to stand up and be counted. It is they who must ensure that there is Code compliance — by everyone.

Sex, snitching and school: The Ontario sex education debate
In July 2018, Premier Doug Ford announced changes to the province’s sex-ed curriculum. Most controversial of the changes is the removal of sex-ed topics pertaining to gender identity, cyberbullying, same-sex relationships and consent. In the meantime, the province has mandated that elementary school teachers follow the sex education curriculum previously in place from 1998 to 2014.

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