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Refugee portal needs to go

  • November 29, 2021

The Immigration Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association strongly expresses its commitment to access to justice and a robust refugee determination system. But it has concerns with Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada’s new Refugee Protection Portal, introduced on October 6, 2021 as the primary means for submitting a refugee protection claim.

Stop fighting First Nations children

  • November 29, 2021

Negotiation, not litigation, is the way towards reconciliation. This is the central message sent by the Aboriginal Law, Child and Youth Law and Constitutional and Human Rights Sections of the Canadian Bar Association in a letter to the Minister of Indigenous Services and the Minister of Justice, urging the government to cease further litigation in the matter of Canada (Attorney General) v. First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada.

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.