Bill C-69 needs clarity and guidance to achieve stated goals

  • May 23, 2018

The federal government set out a host of worthy goals in the preamble for Bill C-69, An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to amend the Navigation Protection Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, which had its first reading in the House in February.

Bill C-66 not a complete fix for historically unjust convictions

  • May 17, 2018

We’ve come a long way, baby. Time passes and society evolves and so do its attitudes to certain behaviour. Some laws are slower to change than others, but once something becomes more socially accepted, the laws regulating that behaviour gradually fall off the books.

Proceeds of Crime Act: Leave privilege out of it

  • April 25, 2018

Money laundering and terrorist financing is on the minds of both policy-makers and regulators this spring as the federal government carries out a statutory review of the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act, and the Federation of Law Societies of Canada proposes amendments to its Model Rules dealing with the subject.

Amendments to Bill C-45 good, but more needed

  • April 25, 2018

Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, set to become law this summer, is making its slow way through the approvals process, arriving in mid-April at the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs.

Income sprinkling, income splitting, and passive investments

  • March 29, 2018

No one is ever going to suggest that tax law is simple enough for average individuals to wrap their heads around. But the complexities in proposed changes to the “tax on split income” provisions of the Income Tax Act will go “beyond the capability of business owners and generalist advisors to comprehend and apply,” says a submission from the Joint Committee on Taxation of the Canadian Bar Association and Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.

CBA has serious concerns with proposed impaired driving bill

  • March 29, 2018

The CBA appeared before the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs in late February to reiterate its concerns with a bill that it says will introduce uncertainty into the criminal law and carry serious repercussions for permanent residents and foreign nationals.

Principles for confidentiality in IP hearings

  • February 28, 2018

The CBA’s Intellectual Property Section welcomed the opportunity to comment on the Federal Court’s Draft Report on Confidentiality Orders, offering up its own proposal for a set of six principles for establishing best practices on the protection and handling of confidential information.