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The Canadian Bar Association

Kim Covert

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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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Guatemalan lawyer faces death threats for actions against mining company

By Kim Covert January 15, 2018 15 January 2018


Everyone deserves to be able to do their jobs without death threats and acts of intimidation and violence – including lawyers working to support the rights of an Indigenous people against corporate interests. Indeed, the United Nations Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers state in part that:

  • Governments shall ensure that lawyers are able to perform all of their professional functions without intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference; and
  • Where the security of lawyers is threatened as a result of discharging their functions, they shall be adequately safeguarded by the authorities.

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