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Embracing the inner cinephile: Hugh Murphy

By CBA/ABC National March 7, 2018 7 March 2018

Embracing the inner cinephile: Hugh Murphy

 

“I had recently relocated from Toronto and I wanted to see independent cinema. I was thirtysomething with time on my hands so I started Far Out East Cinema. Now 600+ films, 100,000+ admissions and twentysomething years later, I still enjoy it. I do it because my patrons like what I do, a lot. And it puts me in touch with a completely different crowd than I would otherwise be exposed to. Indispensable: A dozen volunteers and 300+ movie-going members.”

Hugh Murphy, Murphy Murphy & Mollins, Moncton, NB

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SCC rulings: Split v. Unanimous

By CBA/ABC National March 1, 2018 1 March 2018

SCC rulings: Split v. Unanimous

 

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CBA AGM

Moved and seconded: AGM resolutions

By CBA/ABC National February 15, 2018 15 February 2018

Moved and seconded: AGM resolutions

 

This may come as a surprise to more than a few lawyers, but there is no official French version of large parts of Canada’s Constitution, not least of which is the Constitution Act of 1867.

This is a problem for a couple of reasons. For starters, section 55 of the Constitution Act, 1982, requires that a fully French version be prepared “as expeditiously as possible.”

At the time of Confederation a version of the BNA Act was prepared in French.  “That text is out there but it has no official status,” Edmonton lawyer Allan Damer told CBA members gathered at the 2018 AGM.  

A fully French version was later tabled in Parliament in 1990, but was never enacted – this at a time when Canadians were suffering from constitutional fatigue in the wake of Meech Lake negotiations.

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CBA AGM

On the agenda at the AGM: CBA resolutions up for debate

By CBA/ABC National February 15, 2018 15 February 2018

On the agenda at the AGM: CBA resolutions up for debate

 

The Canadian Bar Association’s Annual Meeting is getting under way today in Ottawa. CBA members can access the meeting remotely at hub locations across Canada. They will also have the opportunity to vote on six proposed resolutions that will be up for debate:

We’ll be following the debates here and tracking the results of all the votes. 

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Immigration

Dreamers : La balle bientôt dans le camp d’Ottawa?

By CBA/ABC National February 14, 2018 14 February 2018

Dreamers : La balle bientôt dans le camp d’Ottawa?

 

Pendant que le Congrès américain débat du sort des Dreamers, des avocats se sont récemment demandé si le Canada pourrait être une terre d’accueil pour eux. Leur verdict : c’est peu probable sans l’aide du gouvernement Trudeau, qui pourrait bientôt voir la balle rebondir dans son camp.

La discussion Réunis sur un panel à l’occasion d’une récente rencontre de l’Association du Barreau américain à Vancouver, des avocats canadiens et américains ont discuté des règles d’immigration d’ici pour déterminer si les quelque 800 000 personnes touchées par le programme DACA pourraient se tourner vers le Canada s’ils étaient déportés des États-Unis.

Le verdict Aucun programme d’immigration canadien ne semble offrir de garanties. Sans statut officiel aux États-Unis et souvent sans diplôme universitaire, il pourrait être difficile d’obtenir un permis de travail ou d’études, a noté Andres Pelenur, un avocat en droit de l’immigration de Toronto. Demander l’asile après avoir traversé illégalement la frontière pourrait aussi être voué à l’échec, puisque les risques de persécution dans le pays d’origine (le Mexique à 70 %) pourraient être difficiles à prouver.  

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