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The Canadian Bar Association

Kim Covert

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End of life: Chairs are seated, let’s get to work

By Kim Covert June 22, 2017 22 June 2017


In April, the Council of Canadian Academies announced the appointment of its Expert Panel on Medical Assistance in Dying, to be chaired by former Supreme Court Justice Marie Deschamps.

It also announced the chairs of the working groups tasked with studying the three areas that the federal government marked out for further study when it passed the medical assistance in dying law: mature minors, advance requests and mental illness.

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Getting technical: Recommendations for billed-basis accounting changes

By Kim Covert June 15, 2017 15 June 2017

The federal government’s policy rationale for repealing section 34 of the Income Tax Act – the billed-basis accounting tax provision for several groups of professionals – may seem sound, but doing so will create uncertainties and compliance burdens that have sunk similar proposals in the past, says the Joint Committee on Taxation of the Canadian Bar Association and Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.

The federal government announced in its March 2017 budget that it would remove the exemption available to professionals including doctors, dentists, accountants and lawyers to exclude work-in-progress from their year-end income.

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The CBA responds to ILO’s call for input on child labour

By Kim Covert June 14, 2017 14 June 2017

Child labour has largely been eradicated in First-World countries yet people who congratulate themselves for not forcing their country’s children to work for pennies also benefit from that kind of labour elsewhere, by paying lower prices for consumer goods.

It’s part of the reason why child labour is such a seemingly intractable problem – world governments failed in their goal to end the worst forms of child labour by 2016. Now the 2015 sustainable development have reiterated the call for an end to child labour. Goal 8.7 sets a goal of 2025 for ending child labour in all its forms– just eight years from now.

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Time to revitalize the business immigration program

By Kim Covert May 25, 2017 25 May 2017

Time to revitalize the business immigration program

 

The key to a thriving economy is a strong, skilled and knowledgeable workforce. And while in a perfect world a company might be able to find that skill and knowledge on its doorstep, the reality in the global economy is that companies might have to look far and wide for the right people.

Under current guidelines, leading stars such as economist Janet Yellin, Microsoft’s Bill Gates, director Sofia Coppola or chef Ana Ros might not be able to get a work permit to operate a business or be self-employed in Canada.

“Canada needs to attract and retain temporary and permanent business workers as key talent to support economic development in today’s competitive global market,” says the CBA’s National Immigration Law Section in a recent submission to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. In fact, the Section notes, the government has made it clear in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act that it is committed to pursuing economic goals through business.

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CBA submission on the environmental review process

By Kim Covert May 18, 2017 18 May 2017


In the tennis match that is the government’s review of its environmental assessment process, the ball is back in the CBA’s court – and the Association is calling a fault on the play.

In December, the CBA’s National Aboriginal Law Section and the National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section made a joint submission to the expert panel in Vancouver, and followed up with a letter in response to questions asked by the panel.

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