Taking the Court out of Ottawa

  • September 27, 2022

The Canadian Bar Association, in a letter from President Steeves Bujold to the Honourable Richard Wagner, Chief Justice of Canada, is cheering the Court’s September sitting in Quebec City.

Legal issues of concern for G7 Bar Leaders

  • August 22, 2022

Stephen Rotstein, President of the Canadian Bar Association, wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the conclusion of the G7 Bar Leaders meeting to inform him of issues of concern to Bar leaders and seek his support in endorsing them.

Yes to transparency and better communications

  • August 12, 2022

The Competition Law and Foreign Investment Review Section of the Canadian Bar Association writes, in a letter about the Competition Bureau’s Draft Bulletin on the approach the Bureau takes on communications during its investigations, that it supports efforts to communicate better and to be more transparent about its work. But there are a few concerns.

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