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The Friday Brief

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

Friday, November 30, 2018 @ 2:54 PM | By Matthew Grace


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

MPs urged to enact ‘equal shared parenting’ in Bill C-78 but organized family law bar tells Ottawa to stay the course
Dozens of family law practitioners, academics and legal organizations are advising the Commons Justice Committee on how to improve the Liberal government’s proposed divorce overhaul (Bill C-78), but there is sharp disagreement on some points, especially about the wisdom of Ottawa’s choice not to create the “equal shared parenting” presumption sought for decades by advocates for fathers’ rights.
 
Former Lakehead law dean’s legal battle a lesson on reconciliation, lawyers say
Former law dean Angelique EagleWoman’s decision to sue Lakehead University for constructive dismissal and racial discrimination is a fight indicative of how Indigenous people are treated by Canadian institutions, her legal counsel said.

Delay paralegal changes until more consultation held: CBA
The B.C. legislature is considering legislation to allow the provincial law society to give more powers to paralegals, but the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC) is asking the government to delay the move, saying it requires more study and may have significant consequences on the practice of family law in the province.
 
Ontario employers must remain ready for delayed Pay Transparency Act: lawyers
New legislation aimed at closing the wage gap between Ontario’s working men and women may have been put on hold by the PC government, but lawyers say employers need to stay aware that it — or something like it — will still be coming.
 
In-house lawyers: Start with customer and work backward
In her column, Julie Chapman writes: “As an in-house lawyer, it’s all too easy to get wrapped up in day-to-day routines and responsibilities, only venturing outside the norm when emergency situations require it. So, ask yourself, how often do you take the time to step back and consider whether your efforts are making a meaningful contribution to the customer’s experience?”

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