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Children's rights

CBA rolls out child rights toolkit

By CBA/ABC National May 17, 2017 17 May 2017

 

The CBA has launched an online toolkit packed with information and resources to help lawyers, judges and other professionals make better decisions for children.

The CBA Child Rights Toolkit provides checklists, key cases, precedents and sample facta plus basic information on overarching principles of children’s rights, constitutional considerations, legal representation, the role of independent human rights institutions and child rights impact assessments.

It is designed to help identify breaches of legal rights and provide remedies across a broad range of practice areas from family law and child protection to immigration and education law.

The resource is a collaborative effort of 13 CBA sections led by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child subcommittee of the Children’s Law Committee. It was funded by the CBA Law for the Future Fund, and inspired by the need to improve access to justice for children in Canada.

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Opening Remarks

Canada 150

By CBA/ABC National March 16, 2017 16 March 2017

Canada 150

 

As the country celebrates its sesquicentennial, CBA National looks back on the legal milestones that marked Canada’s evolution from a young British colony to a mature nation. The great themes of Canadian history are all here – from wrestling with Quebec nationalism and defining aboriginal rights to becoming an independent country with laws that reflect our values as a modern society. Here are some highlights.

Download the timeline (.pdf)

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In person

Interview with Naiomi W. Metallic

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

Interview with Naiomi W. Metallic

 

Naiomi Metallic was the first Mi'kmaq law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada. The Halifax lawyer holds the Chancellor’s Chair in aboriginal law and policy at Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law .

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

Naiomi Metallic: My dad. My mom. My high school English teacher, Ora Watson. The Mi’kmaq professor who encouraged me to apply to law school, Patti Doyle-Bedwell. The Hon. Michel Bastarache for picking me, of all people, to be one of his law clerks. My husband, Al Mcpherson.

N: If you had a personal motto what would it be? 

NM: Treat others as you wish to be treated.

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CBA community

Advocacy, Find-A-Lawyer & new podcast on addressing sexual assault and harassment in the workplace

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

A record-breaking year for advocacy

In 2016, the CBA made a record 97 submissions to government on matters ranging from privacy issues to various aspects of judicial appointments and the impact of judicial vacancies on access to justice. The flurry of activity was partly due to the new Liberal government’s busy agenda and its commitment to more public consultation.

A total of 24 CBA sections and forums, and three standing committees, were involved in preparing the submissions. The CBA National Immigration law Section was especially active, with a focus on the Temporary Foreign Workers’ program.

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Creative licence

Creative licence: Natasha Bakht

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

Creative licence: Natasha Bakht

 

"Dance has been an integral part of my life since I was a child. It grounds me and gives me inspiration and, like law, is an avenue to seek social justice and serve the public."

Natasha Bakht, an associate professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, is an Indian contemporary dancer and choreographer.

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