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

Friday, January 18, 2019 @ 2:30 PM | By Matthew Grace


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

Wilson-Raybould defends record at DOJ as ex-law prof Lametti succeeds her as AG Canada
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promoted former McGill University law professor David Lametti to Justice minister and attorney general, shuffling incumbent Jody Wilson-Raybould to the less-senior, but prominent, Veterans Affairs portfolio.

Top court rejects Ottawa’s bid to stay Charter ruling that guts military justice system
The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected the federal government’s motion to temporarily stay a Charter ruling which has gutted the military justice system.

New rules concerning drones come into effect June 1
The federal government has unveiled long-awaited rules on the use of drones, but a lawyer is saying it is surprising that there are no requirements for pilots to get insurance given the number of high-profile incidents where drones did damage to both people and property.

Complexity of Income Tax Act an access to justice issue, scholar says
It will come as no surprise to lawyers or their clients that the federal Income Tax Act is not easy to read. It may come as a surprise, however, just how difficult that legislation is to decipher — and how it falls short of efforts in other countries to make the law accessible.

Is LinkedIn still worth it for lawyers in 2019?
In her column, Kim McLaughlin writes: “It turns out that 2019 is shaping up to be a great time for lawyers to finally get active on LinkedIn, and for a few good reasons.”

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