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

Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 2:15 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

SCC to look at constitutionality of genetic discrimination ban nixed by ex-AG Canada but supported by new AG
Canada’s new Attorney General David Lametti voted to create a federal ban on genetic discrimination two years ago that the then-Attorney General, Jody Wilson-Raybould, vigorously argued — and the Quebec Court of Appeal later agreed — is not a constitutionally valid exercise of Ottawa’s criminal law power.

Ottawa’s public directive on litigation in Indigenous cases aims to hold Crown to account on reconciliation: DOJ
Indigenous law practitioners say the Attorney General of Canada’s recently unveiled directive to federal Crown lawyers mandating a “significant shift” in Indigenous litigation could assist their clients — especially if judges push Department of Justice (DOJ) counsel to walk Ottawa’s talk.

Recognition of ‘lived identity’ an access to justice, wills and estates issue, experts say
Many infants born in Canada have, through their parents, the right to a gender-neutral birth certificate. The same is not true for Canadians who die.

Proposed assisted reproduction regulations unfair to surrogates, say experts
The federal government’s proposed regulations to the Assisted Human Reproduction Act are unfair, unrealistic and unconstitutional, according to health law experts who fear that they may end up dissuading donors from participating in the altruistic undertaking.

Wellness: Five things to do while under suspension
In his column, Darryl Singer writes: “The Law Society of Ontario has published something called Guideline for Lawyers Who Have Been Suspended or Given an Undertaking Not to Practice. This document is a near-exhaustive list of all the things you cannot do while under suspension. Sadly, the LSO does not publish anything which tells suspended lawyers the things they could, should, or might want to do while serving their suspension.”

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