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The impact assessment regime: A review of the review of the review

By Kim Covert September 21, 2017 21 September 2017

 

Having a clear, predictable federal regime for impact assessments is just the first step toward creating a process that will restore Canadians’ trust in the system and get resources to market. That protocol must also be sufficiently funded and resourced, say the CBA Aboriginal and Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Sections in response to an expert panel’s report released this summer.

The two CBA Sections were also among those who contributed to the report with a submission made to the expert panel during its consultation process in December 2016. 

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Third time’s the charm: Once more on immigration consultants

By Kim Covert September 5, 2017 5 September 2017

The CBA’s Immigration Law Section applauds the emphasis in a recent report on immigration consultants by the Citizenship and Immigration Committee on protecting individuals who want to immigrate to Canada. Still, it feels the Committee’s recommendations “have missed the mark in a number of key areas” by not addressing fundamental issues that have led to the failure of two separate regulatory bodies for consultants.

The Section endorses a number of the report’s recommendations, those which it says will, among others, improve access to justice, reduce language barriers, increase fines for ghost consultants, and give more financial support to settlement agencies.

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The law should encourage people to do the right thing

By Kim Covert August 31, 2017 31 August 2017


Canada Revenue Agency’s Voluntary Disclosures Program is generally considered a win-win – people who’ve made errors on their taxes are given the opportunity to come forward and correct their mistakes, and the CRA collects taxes that otherwise have gone unpaid.

But proposed changes to the VDP have the potential to disrupt that balance, and could, when it comes to businesses collecting GST and HST, result in harsher penalties than if the errors were caught in a CRA audit.

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How to align new NAFTA with more modern trade deals

By Kim Covert August 31, 2017 31 August 2017

 

Time passes, the world moves on, and today’s new kid in town is tomorrow’s been there, done that.

And so it is with the North American Free Trade Agreement, which came into effect 23 years ago. At the time it was hailed as a state-of-the-art trade agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico. Over the last two decades it has accomplished what it was supposed to accomplish: it currently links 459 million people producing more than $19 trillion worth of goods and services; it has increased trade between the member states; it has created more integrated supply chains between the member states.

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Less isn’t necessarily more when it comes to blood alcohol limit

By Kim Covert August 29, 2017 29 August 2017

If a blood-alcohol limit of 80 mg is an effective deterrent to drinking and driving, a 50 mg limit should be even better, right?

That’s essentially the thinking behind a proposal to limit the criminal blood alcohol concentration limit, but less, in this case, isn’t necessarily more.

That’s because 50 mg indicates the presence of alcohol in the blood but isn’t necessarily an indicator of impairment, says the CBA’s Criminal Justice Section in a letter to Justice Canada. While there is enough evidence of impairment to support a limit of 80 mg, there is “little to no consensus in the scientific community that 50 mg is impairing.”

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