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Seeking clemency: It’s time to let Leonard Peltier go

  • November 14, 2016

In August, about the same time that Kathy Peltier was waiting anxiously to hear whether President Barack Obama had added her father’s name to the list of pardons in his last year in office, CBA Council passed a resolution to add its voice to the chorus of those pleading for clemency for a man who has spent 40 years in prison after being convicted on fraudulent evidence.

New SCC appointment process: Could you be a contender?

  • August 04, 2016

Are you a Canadian lawyer or judge with a superior knowledge of the law, excellent analytical skills, an aptitude for resolving complex legal problems and a functional-or-better grasp of both official languages?

Judicial appointments

  • June 29, 2016

On June 17, the federal government appointed a total of 15 judges to courts in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, as well as to the Federal Court of Appeal. CBA President Janet Fuhrer says that’s a good start.

Making the rule of law count in international assistance

  • June 24, 2016

The federal government is currently reviewing its international assistance framework. CBA International Initiatives has written to the committee conducting the review asking that it make the rule of law a priority theme cutting across all of Canada’s development assistance.

ETAs – not your travel visa ‘lite’

  • February 24, 2016

Electronic Travel Authorization is advertised as a quick questionnaire for people visiting Canada from countries where they don’t require a visa to travel here. But it turns out that those “basic questions” they’re asked to answer are a lot more intrusive than those posed for visa purposes, and the CBA’s Immigration Section wants to know why.

Questions about forms and functions under the Investment Canada Act

  • February 24, 2016

Form may follow function, but if so the CBA’s Competition Law Section would like to know what function is being served by questions asked on forms investors are required to fill out under the Investment Canada Act. The Section says some of the information is being collected contrary to the Privacy Act.

How to work when nothing’s working?

  • February 24, 2016

It’s not a full system failure, but there are enough problems with Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada’s online services and portals that the CBA’s Immigration Law Section has requested an emergency meeting with department officials to discuss the situation and what the Section can do to help solve the problems.

Lawyers need the small business tax rate too

  • February 24, 2016

Following up on a promise made during last fall’s election campaign, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has instructed the ministers of Small Business and Finance to work together to ensure the small business tax rate is used to support small businesses. CBA President Janet Fuhrer has written to Bardish Chagger and Bill Morneau encouraging them not to throw the baby out with the bathwater when it comes to the preferential tax rate.