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

Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 1:54 PM | By John Carson


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John Carson
Stepping in for the Managing Editor, here are my picks for the top stories we published this week.

Gov’t’s indemnity doesn’t insulate ex-paper mill owners from costs to monitor, maintain waste disposal site
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 4-3 that two former owners of a northern Ontario pulp and paper mill which polluted nearby rivers with mercury are not insulated by a 1985 indemnity signed by the Ontario government from paying the costs to monitor and maintain a mercury disposal site, as ordered in 2011 by the Director of the Ministry of Environment.

Sidewalk slip-and-fall case may be headed to B.C. Court of Appeal over duty of care argument
A B.C. judge has ruled against a man who argued a “novel” duty of care for pedestrians should be established in circumstances where a property owner does not properly clear a sidewalk, an issue that may find itself before the provincial Court of Appeal.

Quebec bill that would require ID cards ‘abusive,’ lawyer says
To the consternation of criminal lawyers and the Quebec law society, a bill introduced by the Quebec government that seeks to modernize the province’s penal justice system hands peace officers new discretionary powers that would allow them to require identification and would sanction warrantless entry under “urgent circumstances” into a dwelling.

LSO modernizes tribunal’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, amends bylaws to combat money laundering
The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) Convocation approved several motions regarding changes to the Law Society Tribunal’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, amendments in principle to bylaws regarding money laundering, as well as approval of the Legal Information and Resource Network (LIRN Inc.), which will continue the work of the former LibraryCo Inc. to deliver legal information and library services to licensees.

The cumulative damage of microaggressions on minorities | Caryma Sa’d
Toronto’s Old City Hall is my favourite courthouse. Aside from the first-rate bench and warm collegiality among members of the bar, I appreciate the building’s historical atmosphere. The carved stone gargoyles, massive stained-glass windows, wood detailing and sweeping staircases always capture my imagination.

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