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Enriching Canadians’ access to justice through language

  • April 19, 2017

“All Canadians should capitalize on the advantages of living in a country which has learned to speak in two great world languages. Such a country will be able to make full use of the skills and energy of all its citizens. Such a country will be more interesting, more stimulating and, in many ways, richer than it has ever been. Such a country will be much better equipped to play a useful role in the world of today and tomorrow.”

Eliminating preliminary hearings isn’t the answer to court delays

  • March 27, 2017
  • Ian M. Carter

The CBA wrote to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould in March to make the case for resisting demands to eliminate preliminary inquiries. Read the blog from Ian Carter, vice-chair of the Criminal Justice Section on the topic, and we also prepared a Top 10 list of ways to eliminate court delays without axing prelims.

Cabinet shuffled: Welcoming the new ministers

  • February 23, 2017

A little more than a year after naming his first cabinet, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a shuffle in January, in preparation for a new world order taking hold south of the border with the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The CBA wrote letters to welcome some of the new ministers.

Clarity and consistency: What IRCC needs for client service delivery

  • February 23, 2017

Not for the first time, the CBA’s National Immigration Law Section is asking Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada for clarity and consistency. This time, the request was in a submission to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration’s study on the modernization of client service delivery.

Protecting the non-default position on gender identity

  • November 28, 2016

If the world was made for people like you, you might have a hard time understanding the problems people who are not like you have manoeuvring through its sometimes rocky passages. There are ways to make life easier for them, though – which is why the Nunavut branch and SOGIC have asked that the Nunavut government include protections for gender identity and gender expression in the province’s Human Rights Act.

Seeking clemency: It’s time to let Leonard Peltier go

  • November 14, 2016

In August, about the same time that Kathy Peltier was waiting anxiously to hear whether President Barack Obama had added her father’s name to the list of pardons in his last year in office, CBA Council passed a resolution to add its voice to the chorus of those pleading for clemency for a man who has spent 40 years in prison after being convicted on fraudulent evidence.

New SCC appointment process: Could you be a contender?

  • August 04, 2016

Are you a Canadian lawyer or judge with a superior knowledge of the law, excellent analytical skills, an aptitude for resolving complex legal problems and a functional-or-better grasp of both official languages?

Judicial appointments

  • June 29, 2016

On June 17, the federal government appointed a total of 15 judges to courts in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, as well as to the Federal Court of Appeal. CBA President Janet Fuhrer says that’s a good start.