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

Friday, August 02, 2019 @ 2:31 PM | By Matthew Grace


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

Quebec’s top judge says outreach needed to boost female representation at highest judicial levels
Quebec’s top judge tells The Lawyer’s Daily that, in her experience, even the most accomplished female jurists are, generally speaking, more apt than their male counterparts to need encouragement to apply for senior roles in the judiciary.
 
SCC says ‘rape shield’ was misapplied to bar sexual history questions, but convicts accused
The Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously ruled that an Ontario man accused of sexually assaulting and impregnating a minor who testified she was a virgin at the time of the incident was improperly prevented from cross-examining her about whether she had engaged in sexual activity with anyone else at the relevant time.
 
Court of Appeal decision reminder that ‘civility starts with the bench,’ lawyers say
An Ontario Court of Appeal decision regarding a manslaughter conviction is being noted by lawyers as an important reminder on civility in the courtroom. The court provided a lengthy analysis on the trial judge’s decorum after the appellant argued that the judge’s conduct created a “reasonable apprehension of bias.”
 
Ottawa now accepting no-fee expedited pardon applications for simple cannabis possession
Tens of thousands of people with convictions for simple cannabis possession became eligible Aug. 1 to apply for no-fee expedited pardons from the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) (so long as they have no other kinds of convictions).
 
Canada and U.S. are best friends when it comes to tax collecting
In their analysis article, Veronika Chang and Andrea Dickinson write: “Despite the rhetoric of current protectionist measures, we still live in an interconnected world. Not only do people, goods and services cross the border, but so do taxes. A good example of this interconnectedness is the Canada-U.S. Income Tax Treaty. Because they are friends who do for each other, Article 26A of the treaty allows the two countries to assist each other in the collection of taxes.”
 
Matthew Grace is the Managing Editor of The Lawyer’s Daily.