CBA News | December 2015

  • December 15, 2015

Spotlight on: Holiday etiquette – Surviving the holiday party

Holiday etiquette

Holiday party season is in full swing. Depending on your approach, professional obligation parties can be either a minefield or a great opportunity to network. Since advice on avoiding the former and achieving the latter is timeless, we're bringing back this CBA National magazine article with some helpful tips.

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CBA Influence (formerly advocacy)

CBA Influence

The CBA is continuing to engage with the incoming cabinet ministers; we have one intervention going ahead in January and have applied in another.

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CBA broadens its influence – all in one place

The CBA's advocacy work will be the focus of CBA Influence, a newsletter we'll start publishing on the first Tuesday of every month, beginning in February. The newsletter will be a combination of articles about current and future advocacy initiatives, plus Focus on Parliament, with links updated monthly to proposed federal government legislation and regulatory changes.

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International Initiatives

International Initiatives

CBA International Initiatives is very pleased that the rule of law was included in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN last September, write Jennifer Khor and Robin Sully in a Huffington Post op-ed. Also, we see the fruits of some of our labours in Tanzania, where legal aid week is just ending.

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CBA Publications

CBA Publications

Staff changes at the Canadian Bar Review this fall include a new publication officer in the Ottawa CBA office, and new English editors at the University of Windsor. Meanwhile, online access to the third edition of Fundamentals of Canadian Competition Law is now available to CBA members. As well, the fall editions of the Canadian Competition Law Review and the Canadian International Lawyer Journal are now available.

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Legal health checks – What’s your idea?

Legal health checks

The CBA is gearing up to send out its third round of legal health check cards in time for Law Day next April. The cards are meant to be a useful tool for people experiencing a possible legal issue who may not know what steps to take next.

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John Hoyles receives 2015 Wellness Forum award

John Hoyles

CBA CEO John Hoyles has been awarded the 2015 CBA Wellness Forum's Award of Excellence. The award recognizes an individual involved in lawyers' assistance who shows knowledge, compassion and dedication to improve the lives of lawyers.

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Law students: Enter a CBA essay contest today!

CBA essay contest

If you are, or if you know, a law student with an idea for a paper, we have essay contests looking for winners. Read on for information about coming contests, entry requirements and deadlines.

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CBA Mid-Winter – What's in it for you?

CBA MidWinter

Make your voice heard at the CBA Mid-Winter Meeting of Council this February. Attend to engage with your fellow members, hear the latest about the CBA Re-Think, vote on current legal issues and more!

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CBA Skilled Lawyer Series 2016

CBA Skilled Lawyer Series 2016

THE ANATOMY OF A DEAL – The new 2016 SKILLED LAWYER SERIES programs are all about mastering the main components of a corporate transaction. When you understand what drives a deal, you can work on any M&A assignment with confidence.

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Aboriginal Law Section

High court squanders chance to infuse real accountability on First Nation reserves

Naiomi Metallic and Sébastien Grammond look at ramifications of the the Supreme Court's decision not to hear Chief Simon et al. v. Canada, which would have given the court the chance to address what is a pressing issue for First Nations communities.

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National Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade Section

GST/HST deemed trust rendered ineffective against secured creditors post-bankruptcy

Jean-Guillaume Shooner and Guy P. Martel look at the Federal Court's decision in The Queen v. Callidus Capital Corporation, which examined Crown's absolute priority regarding proceeds remitted to secured creditors from the assets of a tax debtor that are deemed to be held in trust prior to such tax debtor's bankruptcy.

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Constitutional and Human Rights Law Section

Case studies

Ranjan Agarwal and David Cassin present case studies from three recent Ontario decisions: Chaudhary v. Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness) from the Ontario Court of Appeal; and R v. Vu and Eidoo v. Infineon Technologies AG from the Ontario Superior Court.

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Pensions and Benefits Law Section

Pension plans, the Charter and disparity in treatment clauses

François Parent and Brittany Carson examine pension plans through the lens of the Groupe Pages Jaunes Cie case, in which the union claimed that the employer's decision to change pension benefit offerings violated both the Labour Standards Act and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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Public Sector Lawyers Forum

Chair's message: Be more engaged

There is a role for public sector lawyers to play in the work of the CBA, says Forum Chair Abi Lewis. And as a starting point, "let's be more active in the affairs of the forum."

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Activities of Ontario Public Sector Lawyers

Public Sector Lawyers Forum Chair Abi Lewis provides a rundown of the activities organized over the past year by the Ontario branch.

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Member Benefits



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New cba preferred supplier – lenovo

The CBA is happy to announce it has entered into a partnership with Lenovo Canada, a global leader in the PC marketplace, to offer discounts on its entire line of reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Members save up to 30% off the everyday online price of Lenovo laptops, tablets, desktops, all-in-ones, workstations, servers, and accessories. This includes savings on a variety of products for the home and office, such as the award-winning ThinkPad laptops and innovative multimode YOGA tablets.

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Editor: Kim Covert

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