Create a presumption of straight offset for child support in cases of shared care

  • May 19, 2021

The current method of calculating child support obligations in cases of shared care is not working for most families in that situation. In a letter to Justice Canada the Canadian Bar Association’s Family Law Section says the government ought to make changes to the Federal Child Support Guidelines for situations of shared care.

Gig workers and the right to disconnect

  • May 19, 2021

The government of Canada wants to gain a better understanding of the realities of today’s workers in federally regulated industries, especially those engaged in the so-called “gig economy” as well as Canadians’ digital work-life balance. The Canadian Bar Association’s Labour and Employment Law Section is favourable to amending the Canada Labour Code to clarify the status of gig workers but wants the government to delay consultations on the right to disconnect until after the pandemic.

Accessing locked-in pension funds in Saskatchewan

  • May 18, 2021

Saving for retirement is sound financial advice, but what if life throws a distinctly curved ball at us that strains our finances beyond the breaking point? Should we be allowed to access some of the money we’ve squirreled away over the years to cover unexpected medical expenses or avoid having our house repossessed due to financial hardship caused by conditions outside our control?

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.”