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Legal aid in Canada: Same conclusions, different report

  • November 28, 2017

Federal legal aid funding has not kept pace with costs. There is a patchwork of legal aid assistance levels across the country. Federal money should be earmarked for civil legal aid. Money spent on legal aid saves money elsewhere in the social assistance system. Technological advances should be leveraged to improve access to legal aid services. National data collection should be improved.

Offering asylum is about more than opening borders

  • November 15, 2017

A good host makes sure that there is enough food and drink and other amenities to make those invited to the party feel welcome and comfortable. Canada is in danger of being a bad host to its most recent arrivals.

Repository for unclaimed pension entitlements a good idea

  • October 25, 2017

If you have a sneaking feeling that you forgot to close out a bank account a long time ago, maybe in a province where you used to live, the Bank of Canada’s unclaimed balances registry can help you either set your mind at rest or set you on your way to reclaiming your cash.

End-of-Life Working Group provides input on MAID

  • October 25, 2017

Should mature minors or people whose sole underlying medical condition is mental illness be able to decide to seek medical assistance in dying? Should people with chronic conditions be able to make advance directives so that if they are incapacitated their wishes will nonetheless be carried out?

Speaking out for judicial independence in Poland

  • August 25, 2017

Whether it was due to political unrest, international criticism or the EU’s threats, in July President Andrzej Duda vetoed two controversial bills – one that would have breached the Polish constitution by increasing the political influence on the council that recommends judicial appointments – thereby putting more power into the hands of the Justice Minister, who would have also been given the ability to promote trainee judges.

Lack of adequate funding for Federal Courts ‘untenable’

  • August 16, 2017

The CBA revisited the need for adequate funding for courts in a letter to the Justice Minister in early July which called for a mechanism to ensure ongoing funding for the Federal Court, Court Martial Appeal Court, Tax Court and Federal Court of Appeal.