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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.

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.”