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COVID-19 restrictions on asylum-seekers could contravene international law

  • April 27, 2020

As part of its efforts to contain and limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the federal government has issued travel advisories and restricted non-essential travel at the Canada-U.S. border. One of the restrictions, however, risks contravening Canada’s obligations under international law.

Immediate measures needed to deal with pandemic in federal institutions

  • April 22, 2020

Take prisoners held in close quarters with inadequate levels of health care at the best of times, or immigration detainees held in over-crowded facilities. Add in a lack of access to hygiene products and an inability to practice social distancing, multiplied by a quickly spreading and deadly virus with no known cure. It all adds up to trouble.

Social distancing includes signatures

  • March 31, 2020

In normal times, official documents such as forms for GST or HST rebates on new home transactions require a “wet” signature – meaning the ink has to be on the form itself.

Competition Section makes recommendations on U.S. vertical mergers guidelines

  • March 26, 2020

The integration of the North American economy is such that regulations affecting companies in one country are likely to affect parents or subsidiaries in another. That’s why the CBA’s Competition Law Section was happy to review draft Vertical Merger Guidelines published by the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission.

Changes to legislation, education needed to protect children’s rights

  • March 26, 2020

Nearly 30 years after ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the federal government, along with provincial and territorial governments, has still not passed legislation to incorporate the Convention into domestic law, thus denying children the full benefit of its protections.

Ethical principles for judges should be a code of conduct

  • February 26, 2020

A document laying out ethical principles for judges should be directive, not aspirational, say the CBA’s Judicial Issues Committee and the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee after studying the Canadian Judicial Council’s revised Ethical Principles for Judges.

CBA comments on proposed multi-employer pension framework

  • February 26, 2020

In its consultation paper, A New Framework for Multi-employer Negotiated Contribution Pension Plans, the Finance Department proposes a new funding framework for those plans that would remove solvency funding requirements while maintaining going-concern funding and additional safeguards to uphold benefit security for members and retirees.

CBA welcomes new federal cabinet members

  • February 26, 2020

The election’s over, the federal cabinet has been named and the ministerial mandate letters have been published. Time for everyone to roll up their sleeves and get to work.

Ripped from the headlines: CBA resolutions reflect issues in the news

  • January 28, 2020

High-profile issues from the news of the past year are reflected in many of the nine resolutions that will be up for debate at this year’s CBA AGM, on topics ranging from protecting the role of the Attorney General to implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to using the notwithstanding clause.