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

Friday, July 03, 2020 @ 3:38 PM | By Matthew Grace


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

Forcing Uber driver into international arbitration unfair: SCC
Workers’ rights mean nothing “if there is no mechanism to enforce those rights,” says a lawyer following the Supreme Court deciding an Uber driver cannot be forced by the company to take his dispute with it to costly arbitration in another country because the hiring contract’s clause requiring this is unfair and, thus, invalid.

National pro bono initiative responds to Canadians hit hard by pandemic legal problems
A growing movement to support Canadians struggling with legal problems brought on by the COVID-19-pandemic has so far recruited about 25 lawyers and 415 law students.

First Nations say SCC refusal to hear pipeline appeal undermines consultation, reconciliation
Three British Columbia First Nations opposed to Ottawa’s $12.6-billion expansion of the Trans Mountain bitumen pipeline say the Supreme Court of Canada has dealt a lasting blow to reconciliation by refusing to hear their challenge to a February Federal Court of Appeal decision that cleared the way for the project.

Pandemic promises lasting legacy of improvements for N.W.T. justice system, says minister
As it continues to struggle with some of the highest crime and incarceration rates in Canada, the Northwest Territories justice system will emerge in some ways stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic, says its justice minister.

Time for LSO to formalize its relationship with students
In her column, Morgan Watkins writes: “For the past three months the LSO has relied on consultation with students to address the impact of COVID-19 on law student recruitment, employment and licensing in Ontario. The whole experience, brought on by the current circumstances, has reinforced the importance of an institutional role for students at the LSO.”

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