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

Friday, April 30, 2021 @ 12:53 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Alberta bill would make COVID-19 lawsuits against health-care providers more difficult: professor
Alberta has followed the lead of other provinces by introducing legislation which would protect health-care providers from COVID-19 related lawsuits.

‘Gloves are off’ in Ontario paralegals’ fight over immigration practice restrictions
The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has been hit with a lawsuit saying it is unfairly narrowing the scope of practice for paralegals who work in immigration law.

Ex-SCC justice Arbour to lead review of sexual misconduct in Canadian military
Canada’s Liberal government is tapping former Supreme Court justice and noted war crimes prosecutor Louise Arbour to lead what it claims will be an independent review into the handling of sexual misconduct in Canada’s military.

Alberta launches ‘long overdue’ review of occupational health and safety code
The Alberta government is looking to update the province’s occupational health and safety (OHS) code to keep pace with workplace change and technological advances — taking place in an environment in which labour and employment lawyers say has required them to look at health and safety issues through a different lens.

The Coach: A year later: What does COVID-19 mean for you?
In his column, Gary Mitchell writes: “It is now just a little over one year since the world, including the legal world, got kicked in the briefs. And yes, that pun was intended. From lockdown to opening up, then back and forth between different levels of restrictions, it’s certainly been a challenging year. This column serves as a recap of what we have gone through, and some of what we can expect moving forward.”

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