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

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 2:46 PM | By Matthew Grace


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

New mandatory quarantine for inbound travellers; Lametti certifies C-13 is Charter-compliant
Hours before Ottawa announced a sweeping mandatory 14-day quarantine of travellers (except essential workers) arriving from abroad, effective midnight March 25, Justice Minister David Lametti gave his constitutional blessing to the federal government’s $107 billion COVID-19 financial relief legislation (Bill C-13).

COVID-19 considered ‘material change’ by Ontario court in bail review
A decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has noted COVID-19, and the risk of spread in the province’s prisons, as a “material change” in circumstances when considering a bail review application.

COVID-19 relief bill gets royal assent; wage subsidies boosted to $52 billion from $27 billion
After hours of negotiations between the Trudeau government and opposition parties, the House of Commons and Senate passed on March 25 (with significant changes from its initial draft form) the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act.

COVID-19 time for reflection, possible change
In her column, Rachel Goldenberg writes: “This has been a time for perspective. A time for shifting priorities. Who do we want to be? What do we want out of our lives? Am I doing what I love? Am I happy? Again, while my life is not perfect, the answer is yes: I am happy. I am healthy. And I am content in my career. I get to go to work (well, hopefully I will be going back to the physical office shortly!) and surround myself with thoughtful, intelligent and supportive people. Not everyone is so lucky.”

SCC sets new test, high bar on defence, for proving judges’ verdict deliberations were unduly delayed
In a groundbreaking decision which holds that undue delay by trial judges in rendering verdicts does not count toward Jordan’s 18-month and 30-month trial delay ceilings, the Supreme Court of Canada has set a high threshold for defence claims that a judge breached an accused’s s. 11(b) Charter right to trial within a reasonable time by taking too long to render a verdict.

‘People should read’ B.C. Court of Appeal decision because it clarifies duty of care issue: lawyer
The B.C. Court of Appeal has ruled a car dealership could not have predicted a man who stole a truck from its lot would have become involved in a police chase and caused a number of accidents, a decision the lawyer for the dealership is saying further clarifies the duty of care owed when a car is stolen, following a seminal Supreme Court decision in 2018.

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