CBA supports allowing direct access to Human Rights Tribunal

  • April 26, 2021

The Constitutional and Human Rights Section of the Canadian Bar Association added its voice to those of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) and other legal community groups, calling for the federal government to allow direct access, in most cases, to the Human Rights Tribunal.

A framework for reconciliation

  • April 26, 2021

The introduction of Bill C-15, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, in the House of Commons on December 3, 2020, was a high point in a decades-old campaign to protect the individual and collective rights of Indigenous peoples. But it’s not the end of the road.

That everyone’s voice be counted, accurately

  • March 29, 2021

In a democracy it is important that each voice be counted, we learn early in life. But what we don’t hear as often is that how accurately we are counted matters, too. That’s especially true when we are part of a minority or marginalized group.

Expanding free trade in Southeast Asia

  • March 26, 2021

Canada is and always has been a trading nation. According to Global Affairs Canada in 2018 we had “14 free trade agreements in force with 51 countries, totalling a combined gross domestic product of US$52 trillion.”

CBA once again questions filling a gap that doesn’t exist

  • March 11, 2021

When Parliament was prorogued in August 2020 a number of bills died on the order paper. Among them Bill C-5, which would have made judicial appointments contingent on applicants undertaking to take courses on sexual assault law and social context. Bill C-5 was similar to Bill C-337, a private member’s bill that also died on the order paper when the 2019 election was called.

Standing on guard for Canadians’ privacy rights

  • March 10, 2021

Modernizing the legal framework protecting the privacy rights of Canadians can sometimes feel like an endless process, and not just because technology keeps evolving. We want government institutions to use relevant data in their programs and policies, but we also insist on protecting the privacy of Canadians whose data is necessary for the elaboration of those programs and policies. Expect the push and pull to continue.