The National Constitutional and Human Rights Law Section would like to congratulate its Past Chair, Ronald A. Skolrood, on his recent appointment as judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
The Honourable Mr. Justice Skolrood has been an active member of the Canadian Bar Association and was chair of the CBA’s Constitutional and Human Rights Law Section from 2005-2007. As noted by Sheryl Beckford, current Chair of the Section, “Mr. Justice Skolrood’s consistently thoughtful legal analysis is well known and respected throughout the legal community. He is and will be an excellent addition to an already esteemed bench in British Columbia”.
The Constitutional & Human Rights Law Section is happy to announce that it will be presenting a professional development session at the CBA Legal Conference in Saskatoon, SK August 18-20.
Constitutional and human rights law has seen some significant developments over the last year. In our session a panel of experts in these fields will lead a discussion on how you can identify the constitutional and human rights issues that can help you solve your clients’ legal problems and serve their interests. This session will focus on the “practice” realities of some of the leading cases over the last year and how you can make them work for your clients.
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National Sections: Children’s Law Committee
National Sections recently established a Children’s Law Committee to coordinate activities, provide advice, and respond to law, policy, and legal research developments on matters affecting Canadian children. More information is available on the new Children’s Law Committee webpage.
Join the Children’s Law Committee listserv!
Interested CBA members are strongly encouraged to join the Children’s Law Committee listserv. This is an ideal way to stay informed of Committee activities and get directly involved. The listserv also provides a forum to network and exchange ideas with leading practitioners who share your interests.
Membership is free to CBA members.
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The Canadian Bar Association strongly recommends that section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA) be retained as it represents an important tool to combat the spread of hate messages and fosters equality, human dignity, tolerance, and respect in Canadian society. “Section 13 is an important means to prevent human rights abuses from occurring,” says Mark Toews of Winnipeg, member of the CBA’s Constitutional Human Rights Law Section. “In order for Canada to remain a nation in which tolerance and respect for human dignity and equality are the norm, Parliament must not repeal section 13 of the CHRA.”
Mark Toews appeared on behalf of the CBA before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on April 24, 2012. For more information, please see the CBA submission.
National Constitutional and Human Rights Law Section Newsletter
Focus (September 2010)