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Not Just a Bystander

Q&A: Dr. Harry Stefanakis on preventing violence in the workplace

By Mariane Gravelle February 17, 2017 17 February 2017

Q&A: Dr. Harry Stefanakis on preventing violence in the workplace


On March 8, 2017, coinciding with International Women’s Day, the CBA will release its new “Not Just a Bystander” Podcast, which is presented by the Women Lawyers Forum in collaboration with various CBA National Sections and the CCCA. This new podcast builds off of the Forum’s recent #WriteYourWrong campaign, through which individuals were encouraged to anonymously submit stories of their encounters with sexual assault and sexual harassment in the workplace, and strives to continue the discussion on this important issue and examine what lawyers, clients, and the community can do to fix this problem.

As part of a weekly series leading up to the release of the podcast, we’ve spoken with each of the podcast’s panelists about their efforts to end sexual harassment and violence. This week’s Q&A is with Dr. Harry Stefanakis, a psychologist and educator in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Dr. Stefanakis is an active participant in programs seeking to end violence in relationships and workplaces, and he has appeared in the video “Men Speak Up: Ending Violence Together”.

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Security

CBA on the Security of Canadians Information Sharing Act

By Mariane Gravelle February 16, 2017 16 February 2017

CBA on the Security of Canadians Information Sharing Act

 

The Privacy and Access Law Section has been active in law reform this year, engaging in a number of initiatives – including initiatives related to SCISA, the Privacy Act, Canada’s Anti-Spam Laws (CASL), and the Personal Information and Protection of Electronic Data Act (PIPEDA) – the latest of which being the CBA’s January 31st, 2017 submission to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (ETHI) study on the Security of Canadians Information Sharing Act (SCISA).

This appearance and submission to the ETHI Committee, led by Stikeman Elliott’s David Elder, was a follow-up to the recent CBA submission in response to the Government’s Green Paper on National Security, which itself echoed many of the concerns that the CBA had raised previously in its submission respecting Bill C-51, part of which contained SCISA.

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Not Just a Bystander

Q&A: Gail Lynn Gatchalian on the pervasiveness of workplace sexual harassment

By Mariane Gravelle February 10, 2017 10 February 2017

Q&A: Gail Lynn Gatchalian on the pervasiveness of workplace sexual harassment

 

On March 8, 2017, coinciding with International Women’s Day, the CBA will release its new “Not Just a Bystander” Podcast, which is presented by the Women Lawyers Forum in collaboration with various CBA National Sections and the CCCA. This new podcast builds off of the Forum’s recent #WriteYourWrong campaign, through which individuals were encouraged to anonymously submit stories of their encounters with sexual assault and sexual harassment in the workplace, and strives to continue the discussion on this important issue and examine what lawyers, clients, and the community can do to fix this problem.

As part of a weekly series leading up to the release of the podcast, we’ve spoken with each of the podcast’s panelists about their efforts to end sexual harassment and violence. This week’s Q&A is with Gail Lynn Gatchalian, a lawyer and workplace investigator at Pink Larkin in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is also the Vice Chair of the National Labour and Employment Law Section of the Canada Bar Association.

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CBA Board of Directors Elections

CBA Board of Directors Elections

By Mariane Gravelle February 9, 2017 9 February 2017

The CBA wants YOU – to join its board of directors!

Regular CBA members who want to contribute to the evolution of a more member-centric CBA are encouraged to apply for election to its Board of Directors. Deadline is February 17, 2017.

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Trade

A busy year for trade lawyers in 2017

By Mariane Gravelle January 5, 2017 5 January 2017

A busy year for trade lawyers in 2017

 

The unequal distribution of benefits from globalization dominated much of world politics in 2016. The coming year will be a crucial one for trade law. 

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA):

Signed in 1994 by Canada, the United States and Mexico, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) created the largest free trade area in the world. According to GAC, “The NAFTA, being the first comprehensive trade agreement of its type, has set a valuable example of the benefits of trade liberalization for the rest of the world.”

Spurred by PEOTUS Donald Trump’s protectionist trade agenda and his promise to bring jobs back to America, we might see NAFTA being reopened to negotiation in the near future, which may or may not be in the best interest of Mexico and Canada. Renegotiation of this agreement will impact all of Canada’s trade with the USA, and Canada’s economy as a whole. One of the trade goods we’ll be watching for is softwood lumber, which is vitally important to many regions in Canada.

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