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

Friday, November 06, 2020 @ 2:18 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Paralegal Roundup: News, analysis and opinion published this week
The Lawyer’s Daily team set out to investigate what “paralegal” means across Canada and how the profession continues to evolve. See link above for an article outlining the coverage we have published this week on the topic.

Charter protection from cruel and unusual punishment for humans, not corporations: SCC
In a case involving a Quebec construction company fined tens of thousands of dollars for doing work without a licence, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that corporations cannot benefit from the Charter’s protection against cruel and unusual punishment — a right the justices found is reserved for human beings.

Conflict brewing over whether business interruption insurance can cover pandemic-related losses
The COVID-19 pandemic forced many small businesses to shut their doors or significantly scale back their operations, which for most has meant a loss of income. But a fight is beginning to emerge over whether those businesses will be able to receive coverage under their insurance policies to cover the losses they have endured since March.

Quebec court applies Jordan ceilings in tax evasion case
A Quebec man who was accused of tax evasion by provincial tax authorities won an important legal battle after the Court of Quebec applied the landmark Jordan ruling and ordered a stay of proceedings and charges.

Why Indigenous treaty rights on fishing, trade require federal protection
In her column, Angelique EagleWoman writes: “As both Canada and the United States share a similar history in formation as the offspring of father England, they also share the obligation to uphold treaties with Indigenous nations. In the United States, the treaty rights of Indigenous peoples have been upheld in early U.S. Supreme Court cases.”

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