Cannabis conundrum: If it’s legal, why treat it like the demon weed?

  • October 18, 2017

The CBA has been a vocal supporter of changing the way the law treats cannabis for nearly 40 years – in our first resolution on the subject, in 1978, the Association urged the government to stop criminalizing simple possession, and also advocated moving marijuana from the Narcotic Control Act to the Food and Drug Act.

Air travel and a bid to modernize the Competition Act

  • October 13, 2017

A bill that would modernize parts of the Canada Transportation Act and relevant portions of other Acts is making its way through the House of Commons. While Bill C-49, Transportation Modernization Act, deals with planes (including passengers’ rights), trains and maritime transportation, the submission from the CBA Competition Law Section focuses on the parts dealing with airline competition.

Pensions across borders

  • September 25, 2017

There are few things in life more likely to make most of the population close their eyes, plug their ears and sing “la-la-la” than a discussion about pension funding. Many of us have pensions and look for some sort of financial stability in retirement, so it’s amazing how many people are ready to leap with faith on the idea that there will be enough in the pot cometh the hour.

The impact assessment regime: A review of the review of the review

  • September 21, 2017

Having a clear, predictable federal regime for impact assessments is just the first step toward creating a process that will restore Canadians’ trust in the system and get resources to market. That protocol must also be sufficiently funded and resourced, say the CBA Aboriginal and Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Sections in response to an expert panel’s report released this summer.

Tax proposals for Private Corporations – what the CBA is doing

  • September 08, 2017

The federal government calls its latest proposed income tax measures a step in the direction of #taxfairness, but the CBA – along with dozens of other organizations – is calling them #unfairtaxchanges. Read on to see what we’re doing about it.

Law should encourage people to do the right thing

  • September 01, 2017

Canada Revenue Agency’s Voluntary Disclosures Program is generally considered a win-win – people who’ve made errors on their taxes are given the opportunity to come forward and correct their mistakes, and the CRA collects taxes that otherwise have gone unpaid.

Third time’s the charm: Once more on immigration consultants

  • September 01, 2017

The CBA’s Immigration Law Section applauds the emphasis in a recent report on immigration consultants by the Citizenship and Immigration Committee on protecting individuals who want to immigrate to Canada. Still, it feels the Committee’s recommendations “have missed the mark in a number of key areas” by not addressing fundamental issues that have led to the failure of two separate regulatory bodies for consultants.