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Budget promises lots of bits and pieces of cash to justice issues

  • April 28, 2021

The proposed Canada-wide early learning and child-care program was likely the most-discussed line item in the budget presented by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland on April 19, and was certainly welcomed by members of the Canadian workforce most affected by the pandemic-related she-cession.

Over a century of influence

  • March 23, 2021

Milestones are good opportunities to pause, reflect and take stock. One hundred years ago the Canadian Bar Association became incorporated through a private act of Parliament, as was the custom in those days.

No Turning Back: A report from the CBA COVID-19 task force

  • February 23, 2021
  • Bradley Regehr and Vivene Salmon

The CBA has long been an advocate for the modernization of the justice system, and change has been slow and incremental. Despite the system bursting at the seams, there was little appetite and even less money to make it happen.

Buttressing the Request for Assistance system to catch peddlers of fake goods

  • February 22, 2021

If you went to a flea market in the days before the internet and were offered a pair of Vuarnet sunglasses for $10, you knew they were fake. Today’s counterfeiters are incredibly more sophisticated and difficult to catch than their 20th-century predecessors working in unregulated cash-only markets.

Immigration Section recommends improvements to IRCC case processing

  • January 25, 2021

Months-long delays in the processing of immigration claims, and the IRCC Case Processing Centres’ habit of returning those claims unprocessed for petty or erroneous reasons, is more than a source of frustration of applicants and their lawyers, it can also have detrimental effects on an individual’s eligibility for a program, or ability to work in Canada.