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Improving access to justice in French

  • June 27, 2022

In a letter addressed to David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s French Speaking Common Law Members Section and Judicial Issues Subcommittee recommend improving training for federal judicial advisory committee members. Specifically, the letter suggests adding training on their respective jurisdictions’ experiences and needs regarding access to justice in French.

Reiterating support for MAiD

  • June 27, 2022

When Medical Assistance in Dying, or MAiD, legislation was adopted by Parliament in March 2021, a Special Joint Committee was appointed to review the Criminal Code and its application to issues relating to mature minors, advance requests, mental illness, the state of palliative care in Canada and the protection of Canadians with disabilities.

Protecting exploited persons

  • May 31, 2022

The Municipal Law and Criminal Justice Sections of the Canadian Bar Association, in a letter to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, offer comments on the review of the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act.

Reform registration provisions

  • April 26, 2022

The registration provisions of Canada’s Indian Act discriminate against women, writes the Aboriginal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association in a letter to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women of the United Nations.

Help Afghans now

  • March 30, 2022

The President of the Canadian Bar Association, Stephen Rotstein, wrote to Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, Justice Minister David Lametti and Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino to urge them to fulfill its promise to resettle 40,000 Afghan nationals in Canada, particularly those lawyers, judges and other individuals who share Canada’s commitment to justice, democracy and the rule of law

Help Ukrainians

  • March 28, 2022

The President of the Canadian Bar Association, Stephen Rotstein, writes to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, Foreign Affairs Minister MĂ©lanie Joly and Immigration Minister Sean Fraser to urge them to take immediate action to bring vulnerable Ukrainians to Canada.

Improving Court practices for gender-diverse people

  • March 28, 2022

The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community Section, the Federal Courts Bench and Bar Liaison Committee and the Supreme Court of Canada Liaison Committee of the Canadian Bar Association have suggestions on how to make the Supreme Court of Canada and Federal Courts more welcoming of gender-diverse people.

Consult with First Nations

  • February 22, 2022

A charity’s disbursement quota, or DQ, is the minimum amount of money it must spend each year on its charitable activities or gifts to qualified donees.

Letters to new ministers

  • January 21, 2022

The Immigration Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association shares its priorities with three new ministers following the September 2021 federal election.

Change the rules for Afghans

  • January 21, 2022

The situation is so dire for vulnerable Afghan nationals hoping to resettle to Canada as refugees that the government should use every legal mechanism at its disposal to help save their lives. That, in a nutshell, is the message sent to Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Sean Fraser by the Immigration Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association.