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

Friday, January 15, 2021 @ 4:04 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Legal experts question ‘justification’ of Quebec’s COVID curfew
A provincewide four-week curfew instituted by the Quebec government to stem COVID-19 infection rates and to serve as an “electroshock therapy” to deter people who have been flouting public health measures was launched without providing any grounds based on evidence that justifies the breaches of the Canadian and Quebec Charter, according to legal experts.

B.C.’s COVID-19 restrictions violate freedom of religion, association: lawsuit
The B.C. government may soon find itself defending provincial COVID-19 restrictions in response to a lawsuit filed by faith communities in the province claiming they unfairly restrict freedom of religion and association.

Federal government seeks input on modernizing public sector privacy legislation
As the federal government moves forward with a major revamp of the legislation governing how personal data is handled by the private sector, it is also seeking input from Canadians on how to modernize the rules which govern its own use of private information.

Pandemic underlines critical need for law firms to create contingency plans, speakers say
When Ontario’s first COVID-19 lockdown was implemented in March 2020, Kirsti Mathers McHenry was on a beach in Bonaire. The next day, the lawyer and consultant with Mathers McHenry & Co., who manages strategy and operations for the Toronto-based employment law firm, was back in the office, asking the organization’s then-complement of six lawyers and staff what they needed to do their jobs from home for the next day, week and month.

Environmental law in Canada: Three storylines to watch in 2021
In his column, Devon Page writes: “It is a new year and the pandemic rages on. Yet hope is on the horizon. As the coronavirus vaccine rolls out across the country and gives us some assurance that the tide will turn in the fight against COVID-19, it is essential Canada renews its efforts to combat the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis.”

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