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In times of COVID, PPE is a necessity of life

  • September 30, 2020

The CBA’s Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade Section says personal protective equipment should be added to the list of things considered necessary to life – and exempt from GST and HST under the Excise Tax Act.

Law society oversight of lawyers’ private conduct justified

  • September 30, 2020

Proposed amendments to the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s Model Code of Conduct raise an intriguing and controversial question: Do law societies have an oversight role to play in the private lives of licensed practitioners?

CBA seeks action on disclosure of non-conviction records

  • September 30, 2020

The Black Lives Matter protests of the last few months have raised awareness of myriad inequities faced by Black, Indigenous and People of Colour with respect to their treatment by the police and justice systems. For example, light has been shone again on the fact that BIPOC individuals are far more likely to be stopped and questioned by police.

CBA calls for more diversity in federal judicial appointments

  • September 30, 2020

The federal government has promised more transparency in judicial appointments and has declared its commitment to diversity in leadership. While it has made some good progress on transparency, there has been little appreciable difference in the diversity of those sitting on federal benches.

Existing pilot program could alleviate pressure on long-term care staffing

  • August 19, 2020

More than 80 per cent of the COVID-19 deaths in Canada up to late May happened in retirement homes and long-term care facilities, public and private. Reports before the pandemic talked about long-standing critical labour shortages, leading to workers leaving the field because they were overworked, underpaid, and burning out. These issues were only exacerbated by the restrictions put in place when COVID-19 hit.

Media access to the courts in times of COVID

  • August 19, 2020

Much has been written over the past few months about the effect court closures and the move to virtual hearings has had on judges, lawyers and those seeking justice in the courts’ hallowed halls.

Draft guidelines for pension apportionment cause concern

  • August 19, 2020

The CBA’s Pensions and Benefits Section has a number of issues with the Draft Actuarial Bulletin No. 4 – Reasonable Methods to Apportion Assets and Actuarial Liabilities published in March by the Canada Revenue Agency.

Comfort letter required to clarify tax situation

  • August 18, 2020

The Finance Department should amend the Income Tax Act clarifying the situation for Canadian issuers of debt securities (and issue a comfort letter of that intent in the interim) following the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision in Pangaea One Acquisition Holdings XII S.À.R.L. this past January, says the Joint Committee on Taxation of the Canadian Bar Association and Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.

Involving municipalities in immigration process a good idea

  • August 13, 2020

The municipal level of government is the level with the closest connection to the people it serves. That close connection is one reason why it makes sense for municipalities to have a greater stake in the immigration process, able to do their own outreach and with proper funding for programs to serve this constituency.