Tax laws’ terrible toos: Changes too complex, consultation too short

  • October 18, 2017

On July 18 the federal government quietly dropped a bombshell whose concussive effects included debate, discussion and much division – more of each than the government might have anticipated with a consultation paper aimed at “tax fairness” issued in the middle of a rainy Canadian summer.

Privacy at the border: Is a smartphone more like a letter or a briefcase?

  • October 18, 2017

The post-9/11 emphasis on the need for security has exacerbated the difficulty of balancing the individual right of privacy with the state’s right to know, especially at border crossings. And more and more the fulcrum those two balance upon is the personal electronic device, be it a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone.

Cannabis conundrum: If it’s legal, why treat it like the demon weed?

  • October 18, 2017

The CBA has been a vocal supporter of changing the way the law treats cannabis for nearly 40 years – in our first resolution on the subject, in 1978, the Association urged the government to stop criminalizing simple possession, and also advocated moving marijuana from the Narcotic Control Act to the Food and Drug Act.

Air travel and a bid to modernize the Competition Act

  • October 13, 2017

A bill that would modernize parts of the Canada Transportation Act and relevant portions of other Acts is making its way through the House of Commons. While Bill C-49, Transportation Modernization Act, deals with planes (including passengers’ rights), trains and maritime transportation, the submission from the CBA Competition Law Section focuses on the parts dealing with airline competition.

Creating uncertainty: Part 2 of Bill C-46 as flawed as its predecessor

  • September 25, 2017

If there’s something the law doesn’t like, it’s uncertainty. The legal system spends years building precedents, forging predictability. Creating an “if-A-then-B” system that’s not quite mathematical, but is logical and on which we can all rely.

Pensions across borders

  • September 25, 2017

There are few things in life more likely to make most of the population close their eyes, plug their ears and sing “la-la-la” than a discussion about pension funding. Many of us have pensions and look for some sort of financial stability in retirement, so it’s amazing how many people are ready to leap with faith on the idea that there will be enough in the pot cometh the hour.

The impact assessment regime: A review of the review of the review

  • September 21, 2017

Having a clear, predictable federal regime for impact assessments is just the first step toward creating a process that will restore Canadians’ trust in the system and get resources to market. That protocol must also be sufficiently funded and resourced, say the CBA Aboriginal and Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Sections in response to an expert panel’s report released this summer.

Tax proposals for Private Corporations – what the CBA is doing

  • September 08, 2017

The federal government calls its latest proposed income tax measures a step in the direction of #taxfairness, but the CBA – along with dozens of other organizations – is calling them #unfairtaxchanges. Read on to see what we’re doing about it.