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

Friday, August 21, 2020 @ 3:41 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Trudeau prorogues Parliament, says new recovery plan needed
With a conflict of interest scandal continuing to swirl around him, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has prorogued Parliament until the fall in what he claims is a bid to put forth a new recovery plan in Canada’s struggle with the COVID-19 health crisis.

B.C. shooting victim suing Canadian Tire over sale of rifle
A B.C. gunshot victim is suing Canadian Tire for allegedly selling the rifle which was used in the shooting to a man with an expired firearms permit, in a case the man’s lawyer is saying could be precedential.

Freeland new finance minister following Morneau’s resignation
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland has been made Canada’s new finance minister, replacing an embattled Bill Morneau after he abruptly resigned amidst a conflict of interest scandal and a global economic crisis said to be the worst since the Great Depression.

Lawyers protest LSO’s ‘mean-spirited’ proposals on fee exemptions
The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) is looking at removing exemptions from paying annual fees for some older members of the profession, a move which some lawyers are saying would be “mean-spirited” and could lead to people no longer providing service to the public.

Immigration detention: Lack of legal representation
In her column, Madeleine Andrew-Gee writes: “As a country that claims it welcomes immigrants and refugees, Canada must adopt a national approach that provides legal counsel for all detention review hearings to ensure that all people, regardless of legal status, can advocate for their rights.”

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