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

Friday, August 07, 2020 @ 3:10 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

LSO proposal to allow paralegals to provide family law services garners mixed reaction
The Law Society of Ontario (LSO)’s proposal to allow paralegals a limited licence to deal with family law issues is receiving a mixed reaction from practitioners in the field, with some saying it offers the potential to help address an access to justice crisis but others arguing it could create even more backlog in the system.

Commercial landlord not entitled to rent due to force majeure, rules Quebec court
In one of the first COVID-19 related lawsuits to surface, a Quebec court held that a commercial landlord was not entitled to collect rent from its tenant because a Quebec government decree that suspended non-essential business activities for three months to stem the flow of the pandemic constitutes force majeure.

Bid to cancel prenup not barred by two-year limitation period, rules Ontario Court of Appeal
An Ontario man who wanted to set aside a marriage contract so he could claim spousal support and property equalization should not be barred by the standard two-year limitation period for all claims set out in the province's Limitations Act, 2002, the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled.

Security requirements, proper guidelines needed for well reclamation in Alberta: lawyers
Legal experts are urging Alberta to set clearer expectations for energy producers as the province begins overhauling its rules surrounding cleanup of oil and gas wells.

Time to say goodbye to refugee bogeyman
In her analysis article, Maureen Silcoff writes: “We are all too familiar with the unconscionable treatment of asylum seekers at the southern U.S. border, evidenced by the images of children in cages. Now Canada’s Federal Court has spotlighted the treatment of refugees at the northern border, finding that it violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

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