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Changing the culture in sexual assault trials

By Kim Covert April 24, 2017 24 April 2017

Changing the culture in sexual assault trials

 

In the wake of the outrage that followed comments by some judges in sexual assault trials, including former judge Robin Camp’s suggestion that a victim should have “kept her knees together,” there have been many calls for better education of judges with regard to sexual assault – particularly, in the way they deal with victims of assault.

Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose weighed in with a private member’s bill, the Judicial Accountability through Sexual Assault Law Training Act, which easily passed first and second reading and is now in committee.

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Enriching Canadians’ access to justice through language

By Kim Covert April 19, 2017 19 April 2017


Nearly 49 years after then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau introduced the Official Languages Act in the House of Commons, and 48 years since it became law, the federal government is preparing to develop another action plan on official languages.

The CBA has gone on record as strongly encouraging the government to include improved access to justice in both official languages as part of its calculations.

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Where is MAID working? Hard to say

By Kim Covert April 13, 2017 13 April 2017

Where is MAID working? Hard to say

 

As of mid-December 2016, reports say about 745 terminally ill people had taken advantage of medical assistance in dying, which became the law when Bill C-14 received royal assent six months earlier.

That this figure is based on information volunteered by – and not required of – the provinces, and not on hard, readily available data is an issue behind the CBA End of Life Working Group’s  letter to Health Minister Jane Philpott in March asking that the government get moving on the “monitoring system to collect and analyze data on the provision of medical assistance in dying” which it has itself identified as a “critical component” of the new regime and as “essential to foster transparency and public trust in the system.” 

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CBA welcomes diversity measures in Bill C-25

By Kim Covert April 11, 2017 11 April 2017


Changes to the Canada Business Corporations Act designed to make certain enterprises more accountable for diversity in corporate leadership get a thumbs-up from a number of CBA groups.

The Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, the Women Lawyers Forum, the Business, Charities and Not-for-Profit and Competition sections and the Equality Committee collaborated on a submission responding to Bill C-25, which proposes amendments to the Canada Business Corporations Act, the Canada Cooperatives Act, the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act and the Competition Act.

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Technology-neutral PIPEDA’s consent model has aged well; Regulations have not

By Kim Covert April 7, 2017 7 April 2017


If it ain’t broke…

That’s essentially what the CBA told the Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics Committee in March about the existing consent model in PIPEDA – the Personal Information and Protection of Electronic Documents Act that was enacted in 2001.

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