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.

Getting technical: Recommendations for billed-basis accounting changes

  • June 15, 2017

The federal government’s policy rationale for repealing section 34 of the Income Tax Act – the billed-basis accounting tax provision for several groups of professionals – may seem sound, but doing so will create uncertainties and compliance burdens that have sunk similar proposals in the past, says the Joint Committee on Taxation of the Canadian Bar Association and Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.

Consistency and harmony in the PBSR

  • June 14, 2017

Consistency in language and harmony in legislation are positive steps as the federal government continues its task of amending pension plan legislation.

Criminal reference document stands the test of time

  • May 30, 2017

The purpose and principles of criminal law would seem to be self-evident, and yet in 1982 the Justice Department set them out in a document, which this year it is reviewing. According to the CBA National Criminal Justice Section, the 35-year-old document is holding up well.