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Working the convention: Regional representation on the SCC, please

  • July 13, 2017

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin’s announcement in June that she will be retiring at the end of 2017 means the government will soon start the process to fill her seat on the Supreme Court. Once again, the CBA is asking the government make an appointment based on merit, ensuring that the Court reflects the full diversity of Canada’s regions, legal systems and population.

The CBA responds to ILO’s call for input on child labour

  • June 14, 2017

Child labour has largely been eradicated in First-World countries yet people who congratulate themselves for not forcing their country’s children to work for pennies also benefit from that kind of labour elsewhere, by paying lower prices for consumer goods.

Advocacy now: Billed-basis accounting

  • May 01, 2017

The CBA continues its work on understanding the scope and ramifications of the proposal to eliminate billed-basis accounting for income-tax is purposes contained in Budget 2017.

Where is MAID working? Hard to say

  • April 24, 2017

When the federal government passed its Medical Assistance in Dying Bill, it identified the monitoring of information about who is taking advantage of MAID as a “critical component” of the new regime. But the better part of a year later, says the CBA’s End-of-Life Working Group, there’s still no system in place to collect it.

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.