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Kim Covert

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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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Sympathy for fallen cop basis of flawed proposed legislation

By Kim Covert April 25, 2017 25 April 2017

 

A proposed bill that made it from the Senate to the House of Commons on a wave of sympathy for the police officer whose death prompted it is so flawed it should not pass into law, says the CBA’s National Criminal Justice Section.

Bill S-217, sponsored by Conservative Senator Bob Runciman, was drafted in response to the death of Edmonton RCMP Const. David Wynn, who was killed by a “career criminal” out on bail.

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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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