The Power of Perspectives

The Canadian Bar Association

CBA/ABC National

Internet law

The U.S. plans to end net neutrality

By CBA/ABC National November 23, 2017 23 November 2017

The U.S. plans to end net neutrality

The debate over net neutrality is raging again in the U.S. The Federal Communications Commission has released its final proposal to end net neutrality. It will repeal a 2015 Obama-administration era prohibition aimed at internet service providers against blocking or slowing down consumer access to web content. The move would also limit FCC jurisdiction over broadband internet access services.

What’s the problem?

As things stand, internet service providers can’t charge more for access to certain web sites (such as those that, incidentally, it doesn’t own).  Critics (among them Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web want all internet traffic to be treated equally regardless of content, origin or destination. Ending net neutrality, they argue, would usher in a two-tier approach that will ultimately produce unfair competition that favours incumbents and hinder the ability of start-up companies to disrupt. Also, there is a legitimate concern that without net neutrality, users will have to have to pay more for the sites their internet providers decide to charge for. Think of when you cut the cord on your cable channel package. It’s a bit like that.

Who’s for it?

Read More
Droit international

Quels droits pour les robocitoyens?

By CBA/ABC National October 30, 2017 30 October 2017

Quels droits pour les robocitoyens?

 

L’Arabie saoudite est devenue le premier pays la semaine dernière à accorder la citoyenneté à un robot. Mais au-delà du coup publicitaire, l’annonce a ramené à l’avant-plan certaines questions politiques, juridiques et philosophiques.

L’annonce est survenue en marge d’une conversation entre Sophia, un robot créé par la compagnie de Hong Kong Hanson Robotics, et le journaliste Andrew Ross Sorkin, lors du sommet du Future Investment Initiative  à Riyadh. « Je suis honorée », a dit Sophia, qui se veut une réplique d’Audrey Hepburn. « C’est historique d’être le premier robot du monde à obtenir la reconnaissance d’une citoyenneté. » 

Read More
CBA advocacy

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.

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More