CBSA pilot project not the answer to border backups

  • August 16, 2017

Once around the flagpole, then home? Not so fast. Flagpoling is a term used by foreign nationals who exit the country only to immediately re-enter in order to satisfy the requirements of a work visa or to confirm landing. Because of slow processing times and inefficient processes online and at immigration offices in Canada, it is more efficient for many people to go to a point of entry and do the quick turnaround than to deal with an inland immigration centre.

Consultation report on political activities received charitably

  • August 16, 2017

What does “political” mean in the charitable context? That’s an excellent question. The CBA Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Section posed it in a submission last year to the Canada Revenue Agency during consultations on political activities by charitable and non-profit agencies. And one of the four recommendations in the consultation report, released in March, is that the issue be clarified in legislation.

Trans inmates: It’s all about respect

  • June 26, 2017

Historically, trans inmates are penalized not only for their criminal behaviour but, because Canadian jails and prisons – and the policies that govern them – weren’t designed to accommodate non-binary prisoners, they’re also punished for asserting a gender other than that assigned at birth.

Building a foundation for data-collection under MAID

  • June 22, 2017

Too onerous, too cumbersome, and possibly not quite respectful enough of privacy, are some of the responses from the CBA’s End of Life Working Group to a Health Canada consultation on a monitoring regime for those seeking a doctor’s assistance to end their lives.

‘Use’ requirement for trademark registration doesn’t need fixing

  • June 19, 2017

Amendments to the Trade-Marks Act made in 2014, despite not being fully implemented yet, have already encouraged squatting and over-claiming, and have resulted in a 75 per cent increase in the number of Canadian applications waiting to be registered, from 40,000 in 2014 to nearly 70,000, the CBA National IP Section says in a letter to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

Update: Private right of action provisions of CASL delayed

  • June 16, 2017

The federal government announced in June that the private right of action provisions in Canada’s anti-spam legislation, which were to have come into effect in on July 1, have been suspended pending a parliamentary review of the legislation.