Trust the market and just say no to regulations

  • September 20, 2016

“Innovation is a Canadian value,” Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada says in an online consultation on the federal government’s innovation agenda asking for input from stakeholders.

Efficiency, economy and family

  • September 20, 2016

The CBA’s Immigration Law Section looked to the past to answer questions about the future of Canada’s immigration policy, with its responses to an online consultation carried out by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada this summer.

Fixing the asylum system: For starters, ditch the DCO

  • August 25, 2016

After a round-table discussion held with the Immigration Department earlier this year, the CBA’s Immigration Law Section provided a written response to follow-up questions. The Section sees some bright spots in the Department’s current treatment of asylum seekers, but also areas where things could be improved – primarily by ditching the Designated Country of Origin policy.

What we did this summer, in short

  • August 25, 2016

Summer in Ottawa is consultation season – while MPs are off on the barbecue circuit in their constituencies, their departments are busy seeking stakeholder opinions on draft legislation, regulation and policies, getting everything ready for when Parliament resumes sitting in the fall. Here are some of the other submissions we’ve made this summer.

Definition, please! Giving the Charitable Housing Guidance meaning

  • August 25, 2016

Things aren’t always straightforward when charities and non-profit agencies get into the housing business. The government has clarified things somewhat with its Guidance CG-022, but the CBA’s Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Section offers up some guidance to make the Guidance even more useful.

Creating a body to govern the agents: IP comments

  • August 25, 2016

The CBA’s Intellectual Property Law Section took the opportunity in August to comment on a federal consultation paper on establishing a governance framework for patent and trade-mark (IP) agents. This followed on their June submission on a proposed code of conduct for IP agents.

Stay the course in privacy protection, Sections tell Privacy Commissioner

  • August 25, 2016

People have a right to their privacy, but business has a right to do business – and when that business involves peoples’ private information, we run into trouble. The Privacy and Access Law Section and the CCCA tell the Privacy Commissioner that Canada’s current consent model strikes the correct balance between the two sometimes conflicting sides.

Cooperative capital markets: Comments on the consultation

  • July 28, 2016

In May the federal government moved one step closer to creating a national securities regulator by opening up consultations on a revised Capital Markets Stability Act (Canada) – revisions based on previous consultations on the 2014 draft.

Talking about the TPP: Immigration Law and CBA-ACT weigh in

  • July 13, 2016

The previous government negotiated the Trans-Pacific Partnership last year and the current government signed the 12-country trade deal that keeps Canada in step with its NAFTA partners and expands trade opportunities with Asian nations in February.

Entering into a dialogue on designated representatives

  • June 29, 2016

The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act provides for designated representatives to be appointed for vulnerable claimants – minors and adults lacking the mental stability or capacity to understand the proceedings. The Immigration Law Section has entered into a dialogue with the Immigration and Refugee Board about improving the rules surrounding DRs.