Sympathy for fallen officer basis of flawed proposed legislation

  • April 24, 2017

A bill that would amend the Criminal Code to increase the reasons to keep suspects behind bars and require prosecutors to mention the accused’s prior criminal record and outstanding charges at bail hearings has sailed through the Senate and House approvals process on a wave of sympathy, but shouldn’t make it out of committee, says the Criminal Justice Section.

Changing the culture in sexual assault trials

  • April 24, 2017

Rona Ambrose’s private member’s bill that would require sexual assault law training for prospective judges has laudable intentions, but a lot of its requirements already exist in law, several CBA sections say in a submission to a House committee reviewing the bill.

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.