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Offering asylum is about more than opening borders

  • November 15, 2017

A good host makes sure that there is enough food and drink and other amenities to make those invited to the party feel welcome and comfortable. Canada is in danger of being a bad host to its most recent arrivals.

Repository for unclaimed pension entitlements a good idea

  • October 25, 2017

If you have a sneaking feeling that you forgot to close out a bank account a long time ago, maybe in a province where you used to live, the Bank of Canada’s unclaimed balances registry can help you either set your mind at rest or set you on your way to reclaiming your cash.

End-of-Life Working Group provides input on MAID

  • October 25, 2017

Should mature minors or people whose sole underlying medical condition is mental illness be able to decide to seek medical assistance in dying? Should people with chronic conditions be able to make advance directives so that if they are incapacitated their wishes will nonetheless be carried out?

Speaking out for judicial independence in Poland

  • August 25, 2017

Whether it was due to political unrest, international criticism or the EU’s threats, in July President Andrzej Duda vetoed two controversial bills – one that would have breached the Polish constitution by increasing the political influence on the council that recommends judicial appointments – thereby putting more power into the hands of the Justice Minister, who would have also been given the ability to promote trainee judges.

Lack of adequate funding for Federal Courts ‘untenable’

  • August 16, 2017

The CBA revisited the need for adequate funding for courts in a letter to the Justice Minister in early July which called for a mechanism to ensure ongoing funding for the Federal Court, Court Martial Appeal Court, Tax Court and Federal Court of Appeal.

Working the convention: Regional representation on the SCC, please

  • July 13, 2017

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin’s announcement in June that she will be retiring at the end of 2017 means the government will soon start the process to fill her seat on the Supreme Court. Once again, the CBA is asking the government make an appointment based on merit, ensuring that the Court reflects the full diversity of Canada’s regions, legal systems and population.

The CBA responds to ILO’s call for input on child labour

  • June 14, 2017

Child labour has largely been eradicated in First-World countries yet people who congratulate themselves for not forcing their country’s children to work for pennies also benefit from that kind of labour elsewhere, by paying lower prices for consumer goods.