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Touchstones, 25 years later

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

Touchstones, 25 years later

 

This year the CBA marks an important anniversary: 25 years ago it released a groundbreaking report on equality in the legal profession: Touchstones for Change: Equality, Diversity and Accountability. Chaired by  Bertha Wilson, the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court, the task force behind the report examined the role of women in the legal profession and the impact of discriminatory practices. While the report proposed 228 recommendations for achieving gender equality in the profession, it also addressed issues concerning Aboriginal women and women from other racialized groups.

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Creative licence

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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