Once more unto the breach regulations

  • October 30, 2017

Sometimes it is better – or more feasible – to notify individuals affected by a data breach indirectly. The Sections suggest amending the draft regulations to allow this when the contact information is “likely” to be out of date (the draft regulations say “is” out of date), or when the cost of directly notifying each individual in the affected group would be prohibitive to the organization.

Tax laws’ terrible toos: Changes too complex, consultation too short

  • October 18, 2017

On July 18 the federal government quietly dropped a bombshell whose concussive effects included debate, discussion and much division – more of each than the government might have anticipated with a consultation paper aimed at “tax fairness” issued in the middle of a rainy Canadian summer.

Privacy at the border: Is a smartphone more like a letter or a briefcase?

  • October 18, 2017

The post-9/11 emphasis on the need for security has exacerbated the difficulty of balancing the individual right of privacy with the state’s right to know, especially at border crossings. And more and more the fulcrum those two balance upon is the personal electronic device, be it a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone.

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.