CBA News | November 2015

  • November 02, 2015

Spotlight on: Anatomy of a deal

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One mid-size Canadian company wants to buy out another. What happens next? That’s the question asked – and answered – by the sixth year of the CBA’s Skilled Lawyer Series, which studies the anatomy of a deal from offer to close.

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Letters to the new prime minister and his cabinet; plus news about what’s happening with interventions. As well, the CBA’s response to requests to appear before expert panels on physician-assisted suicide, as the government prepares to comply with the Supreme Court’s demand that it amend the Criminal Code to align with its decision in Carter.

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CBA National: Good things come to those who wait…and wait…and wait…

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Your new-look CBA National magazine is here!  Some hiccups on both the printing and distribution side delayed our official launch, but we’re proud to finally bring you this new magazine created with our members in mind!

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What’s in your toolbox?

Pandemics and the Workplace toolkit

When your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. Fortunately, CBA tools offer a great deal more diversity. Flu season is coming – why not check out our Pandemics and the Workplace toolkit?

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Call for nominations – Founders Award

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The Immigration Law Section is accepting nominations for its Founders' Award. The successful candidate will be recognized at our National Immigration Law Conference in the spring.

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What do you need to know? Child rights survey


The Children’s Law Committee is putting together an innovative toolkit to help lawyers better understand children’s rights. For the toolkit to be more helpful, they’re asking you what you need to know.

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CBA’s Mid-Winter registration is now open

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It’s never too early to start planning to attend the Mid-Winter Meeting of Council being held this February in Ottawa. Registration is open, and there are prizes to be won!

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Aboriginal Law Section

Yellowknives Dene First Nation v. Canada: Cumulative impacts and aboriginal consultation

Cindy Kieu of Shores Jardine LLP looks at the Federal Court of Appeal decision in Yellowknives Dene First Nation v. Canada, which she says is significant in demonstrating the reviewing court’s willingness to place the Crown’s duty to consult on the shoulders of administrative tribunals mandated to conduct environmental assessments.

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Elder Law Section

How to advise elderly trustees

John Hollander, a litigator with McBride Bond Christian LLP, looks at the issues elderly trustees face when undertaking substantial trust responsibilities; specifically examining how lawyers should advise such clients and how lawyers should advise beneficiaries when the elderly trustee appears not to be discharging the duties of the office.

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Entertainment, Media and Communications Law Section

Is responsible communication a journalism defence?

Hilary Young, an assistant law professor at the University of New Brunswick, discusses what appears to be the ambiguous scope in the Supreme Court’s Grant v Torstar Corp. decision especially as concerns bloggers. Is it a journalism defence, or is it available to “anyone … in any medium” as the decision itself states?

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Public Sector Lawyers Forum

Bhasin v Hrynew: A duty to act in good faith or a duty not to act in bad faith?

Michael T. Pugsley and Sean Foreman, lawyers with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, examine the Supreme Court’s decision in Bhasin v Hrynew, asking the question: does it create a duty to act in good faith, or the duty not to act in bad faith? There’s a significant difference, they say.

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Branch reports: Manitoba and Nova Scotia

Carli Owens of the Manitoba Branch and Karen Kinley from Nova Scotia give us a rundown on some of the activities in their branches.

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