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The CBA on the privacy of Canadians at airports and the border

By CBA/ABC National September 27, 2017 27 September 2017

 

Information collection and sharing at the border is necessary to ensure the security of Canadians. But collecting and sharing too much of it, or information that is unreliable, can also be harmful to them. It’s why the CBA is advocating for striking a more appropriate balance between national security and preserving our individual privacy rights and freedoms.

In the above video, we interviewed Cyndee Todgham Cherniak and David Fraser, who  are presenting a CBA submission today prepared by the Privacy and Access, Immigration Law, and Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade Sections, as well as the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) and the Ethics Subcommittee of the Policy Committee of the Board.  They are appearing before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics.

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In person

Getting to know Ranjan Agarwal

By CBA/ABC National September 15, 2017 15 September 2017

Getting to know Ranjan Agarwal

 

The winner of this year’s CBA Young Lawyers Pro Bono Award, Ranjan Agarwal has been described as a “thought leader” when it comes to a lawyer’s duty to advance the cause of access to justice. He is the past president of the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto and a partner at Bennett Jones LLP.

N: Who has had the biggest influence on you and why?

RA: My parents – they immigrated to Canada with almost nothing, all so their children could have a future where merit not birthright decided your destiny. Eric Hoaken – the best lawyer I know, and my mentor and champion, both as a lawyer and father. Justice Russell Juriansz – the first South Asian on the Ontario Court of Appeal, and lion of the human rights bar.

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CBA community

A conversation with Raymond Adlington

By CBA/ABC National September 15, 2017 15 September 2017

A conversation with Raymond Adlington

 

Raymond Adlington, a partner with the Halifax office of McInnes Cooper, was elected vice-president of the CBA this summer.

His appointment was effective September 1. He took time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions from CBA National.

How did you first get involved in the CBA?

As a young lawyer I attended local CBA professional development and networking events. My first CBA volunteer experience was serving as vice-chair and then chair of the Tax Section of the Nova Scotia branch from 2004-2006. That led to my appointment as a member of the CICA-CBA Joint Committee on Taxation in 2005 for a four-year term.

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Creative licence

Creative Licence: Ashley Syer and Mark Wolf

By CBA/ABC National September 15, 2017 15 September 2017

Creative Licence: Ashley Syer and Mark Wolf


“It took me a few years of practice to realize that the demands of performing and litigating are not mutually exclusive - both put a premium on clear communication, creative thinking, and a touch of fearlessness.” – Mark Wolf

“Theatre, and musical theatre in particular, provides a wonderful escape from the seriousness of practicing law. The chance to dig into a character – be someone else for a while – and entertain an audience is both challenging and freeing. I can’t imagine my life without theatre.” – Ashley Syer

Ashley Syer is a civil litigator, who practises through her personal law corporation in Vancouver, BC. Mark Wolf is Crown Counsel in Vancouver. Both are veteran musical theatre performers, and will be starring in The Last Five Years  November 2-11 at Studio 1398 on Granville Island. Tickets are available here: http://famousartists.ca/current-productions/

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Annual meeting 2017

Maureen Whelly Mills: 2017 President’s Award winner

By CBA/ABC National August 18, 2017 18 August 2017

Maureen Whelly Mills: 2017 President’s Award winner

 

This year’s President’s Award went to Maureen Whelly Mills, who in 1974 became the first female lawyer to practise in Moncton, N.B. Whelly Mills was a mentor to former CBA President René Basque when he was just starting out, and encouraged him to become an active CBA member.

Whelly Mills was president of the New Brunswick Branch in 1996-97, and working from 1988 to 2012 helped to introduce land titles to the province.

“Her supportive and enthusiastic mentorship of her colleagues throughout the years has had a remarkable and enduring impact on countless professional lives and careers,” said Basque. “Our Association has benefited immensely from her dedication and service.”

The President’s Award recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to the legal profession; made a significant contribution to the CBA; or have made a noteworthy contribution to the public life of Canada.

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