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Kim Covert

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National security bill: better than the one that came before – but not perfect

By Kim Covert February 21, 2018 21 February 2018

 

Almost two years after his appearance before a Parliamentary committee arguing on the CBA’s behalf against the passage of the Conservatives’ controversial Bill C-51, Peter Edelmann returned to Ottawa at the beginning of February to present the CBA’s submission on the Liberals’ Bill C-59.

While in opposition the Liberals announced they would vote in favour of the Conservatives’ Anti-Terrorism Act, but would repeal parts of it once elected. Bill C-59, the National Security Act, 2017, is the result.

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Improving Canada’s grade on UNCRC compliance reporting

By Kim Covert January 31, 2018 31 January 2018

 

If the UN were grading Canada’s mandatory reporting efforts under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, with a particular focus on its record in following the recommendations found in the Concluding Observations to its previous reports, Canada might struggle to get a pass if the grading were done on a curve, but otherwise it would edge into failure territory.

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Unified family courts will increase access to justice for everyone

By Kim Covert January 29, 2018 29 January 2018

 

It’s a common refrain – the federal government needs to move on filling the country’s judicial vacancies – a total of 63 as of Dec. 1, 2017.

But filling the vacancies isn’t all it will take to improve access to justice and reduce the burden on criminal and civil courts in this country.

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How do you solve a problem like privilege?

By Kim Covert January 22, 2018 22 January 2018

 

Bill C-58, An Act to amend the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act, is a disproportionate response to a problem that doesn’t exist, the CBA said in a December letter to Treasury Board President Scott Brison and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.

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Cannabis laws could have disproportionate effect on immigrants

By Kim Covert January 16, 2018 16 January 2018

 

The legislation to legalize cannabis in Canada comes hand in hand with proposed amendments to other laws and regulations, including the offences that could lead to inadmissibility under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

The CBA’s Immigration Law Section notes that offences in the Cannabis Act are broader than those in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, which it effectively replaces, and that the potential impact on permanent residents and would-be immigrants is much harsher.

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