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

Friday, April 23, 2021 @ 3:19 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

LSO approves technological legal services pilot; Alberta law society adopts new hearing guideline
With the rise of apps and online services upending the legal profession, benchers of the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) have given the nod to launching a pilot project aimed at more closely regulating innovative technological legal services (ITLS) in the province.

Quebec Superior Court upholds secularism bill, but exempts English-language schools
Quebec’s controversial secularism law, which bans religious symbols from being worn by government employees, was largely upheld by the province’s Superior Court thanks to the provincial government’s use of the notwithstanding clause even though it disproportionately harms women and particularly Muslim women.

Federal budget about finishing fight against COVID-19: Freeland
The federal Liberal government has released its first budget in more than two years, with a fiscal plan aimed at jobs and growth as Canada begins the long process of healing from the wounds inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Privacy breach class action fails on merits, a first in Canada
A privacy class action following the loss of a laptop was dismissed at the merit stage, a first in Canada, in the wake of a Quebec Superior Court ruling that legal observers assert outlines a roadmap for organizations faced with a privacy breach.

The case for drug decriminalization in Canada
In her column, Serena Eshaghurshan writes: “In this article, I will discuss the growing movement in favour of drug decriminalization and why such approach would aid in attaining more equitable health and justice outcomes.”

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