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

Friday, December 18, 2020 @ 4:17 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

‘Very concerning’ feds do not have tangible plan for implementing calls to action: Sinclair
Five years after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) delivered its landmark report on the legacy of residential schools in Canada, its commissioners are expressing their concern about the slow pace of the implementation of its calls to action and are asking Canadians to renew their commitments to reconciliation.

Quebec ruling on accumulated wealth between common law couple may have wide-reaching impact: expert
A wealthy businessman was ordered to pay $2.4 million to his former common law partner as he left the relationship with a disproportionate share of the wealth accumulated by the parties’ joint efforts, held the Quebec Court of Appeal.

Expeditious decision on contract breach vivid reflection of pandemic times, lawyers say
A legal dispute over a pandemic-pressured, multimillion-dollar negotiation — conducted in part through text messages — and the expeditious virtual trial that resulted offer textbook lessons on contracts and court cases in the time of COVID-19, say lawyers.

New rules will make it easier for Canadians working from home to claim tax deductions: feds
The federal government has simplified the rules on claiming tax deductions for the millions of Canadians who have had to work from home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Behind masks: First Ontario civil jury trial during COVID
In their column, Moya Graham, Leah Ostler and Morgan Watkins write: “Against the new backdrop of e-litigation and virtual hearings, on Sept. 30, 2020, our trial team joined opposing counsel, the judge, jury and court staff at the 330 University Ave. courthouse in Toronto to participate in the first civil jury trial in Ontario since the COVID-19 pandemic commenced.”

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