Once more with feeling: Leave immigration representation to lawyers

  • April 19, 2017

The CBA’s National Immigration Law Section has for more than 20 years been telling the federal government that the people best placed to counsel new and potential immigrants are lawyers – and immigration consultants only if they are governed stringently by a regulatory body.

CBA welcomes diversity measures in Bill C-25

  • March 27, 2017

Changes to the Canada Business Corporations Act designed to make certain enterprises more accountable for diversity in corporate leadership get a thumbs-up from a number of CBA groups.

CBA groups urge repeal of Criminal Code section 159 at ‘earliest opportunity’

  • March 24, 2017

In March, a number of CBA Sections wrote to the federal government urging it to repeal Criminal Code section 159, which held the age at which it is possible to have consensual anal sex at 18 – a clear attempt to police homosexuality. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has now signalled her intention to do just that in two separate bills.

Bill C-23: This strip of my country is your country

  • March 24, 2017

The pre-clearance agreement reached in 2015 was negotiated by completely different administrations in each of Canada and the U.S., working under a different set of assumptions. Fast-forward to 2017. The key issue – expediting the movement of goods and people across the border – is still relevant. So what do we do with the enabling legislation?

Shipping news: Regulations for mandatory insurance fall a little short

  • February 23, 2017

It should be mandatory for passenger-carrying vessels to have a certain amount of insurance per passenger in case something bad happens, the CBA’s National Maritime Law Section says. But the government’s proposed changes to insurance regulations under the Maritime Act don’t go quite far enough.

All in good time: Private right of action provisions in CASL can wait

  • February 23, 2017

Provisions in Canada’s Anti-Spam Law that will allow private rights action are scheduled to go into force on July 1 – the same date as a statutory review of the legislation is supposed to begin. The CBA’s National Privacy and Access Law Section suggests the government might find it expedient to hold off on the former until the latter has run its course.