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The Friday Brief

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

Friday, January 04, 2019 @ 2:49 PM | By Matthew Grace


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

SCC’s winter session looks at military justice, lawyers’ fees, Crown copyright, Jordan
Military justice and Crown copyright are among the topics the Supreme Court of Canada will explore in its winter session that includes criminal appeals asking if defence counsel’s legal fees can be paid from the proceeds of crime forfeited to the state and if the Jordan time limits apply in provincial youth court.

One-of-a-kind university course will explore ‘green rights’
This month students at Cape Breton University will be joined by classmates at the University of British Columbia — and both campuses will be joined by lawyers, paralegals, environmentalists and more — for the inaugural offering of Political Science 3750, Green Rights: The Human Right to a Healthy World.

Changes to industrial design law put ‘Canadian businesses on par with international competitors’
Canadians will now be able to obtain industrial design registrations in more 65 countries with a single international application following an extensive and significant overhaul to legislation and regulations that came into force at the beginning of November.

When it comes to evidence, zero plus zero equals zero
In his analysis article, Christopher Nagel writes: “Every lawyer in Canada has heard William Blackstone’s ratio: better that 10 guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffers. Many lawyers may be less familiar with Justice Renee Pomerance’s ratio in R v. Wuschenny 2018 ONSC 6765. An important equation is embedded within her honour’s reasons for decision: ‘[z]ero plus zero equals zero.’ ”

Website message signals serious access to justice problem
In her column, Rachel Goldenberg writes: “The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) has recently posted a notice on its website advising that it is undergoing challenges which are affecting the HRTO’s ability to ‘meet its service standards.’ ”

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