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

Friday, July 10, 2020 @ 3:15 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Border agency lost track of 34,700 ordered out of Canada: audit report
Poor data quality, flawed case management and “significant periods of inactivity” contributed to Canadian border officials’ failure to locate tens of thousands of foreign nationals ordered out of the country, thus jeopardizing public safety and the integrity of the immigration system.

Ontario bill seeks to end limitation period ambiguity in class actions
An Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that declined to address the silence in the province’s Class Proceedings Act (CPA) regarding the suspension of limitation periods will soon be resolved by the Ontario legislature.

Quebec seeks to modernize its privacy laws
A proposed overhaul of Quebec’s privacy laws would make the provincial privacy watchdog the first Canadian privacy regulator with powers to directly impose administrative monetary penalties on organizations for non-compliance.

Canada’s deficit expected to reach $343 billion in 2020-21 fiscal year: Morneau
The federal government has provided a picture of its finances after undertaking a massive economic stimulus in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and as the picture comes into focus it is showing Ottawa reaching levels of spending not seen since the Second World War.

Rethinking conditional sentences post COVID-19
In her column, Sayeh Hassan writes “Having spent over eight weeks in self-quarantine has given me a completely different perspective on conditional sentences. While many people view conditional sentences as a lenient get out of jail free card, I think the current pandemic and the strict almost house-arrest-like conditions that came with it have shown that conditional sentences can in fact be very onerous and a very real form of punishment.”

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