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The Canadian Bar Association

Kim Covert

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CBA submission: Lawyers, not immigration consultants, should represent newcomers

By Kim Covert January 3, 2018 3 January 2018

 

The CBA’s Immigration Law Section has said it quite a few times over the past several years, and said it again in a December letter to the Immigration Minister: lawyers are best placed to offer professional representation for newcomers to Canada.

The Section’s latest letter is a response to the government’s response to the Citizenship and Immigration Committee Report Starting Again: Improving Government Oversight of Immigration Consultants.

The Section applauds the government’s commitment to addressing the need to protect the public from unprofessional or unethical immigration consultants.

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How tricky is consent? Let us count the ways

By Kim Covert January 2, 2018 2 January 2018

 

Consent is a weighted word these days, and people in many sectors are trying to decide when it’s necessary, how it must be given and how it can be recognized.

Sometimes the question of whether consent was granted can be explained using the simple metaphor of a cup of tea: does the other person want tea? Yes or no?

When it comes to the gathering and sharing of personal information for business purposes, however, the question of consent becomes a lot more complex.

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Competition Bureau initiates discussion on Big Data

By Kim Covert December 18, 2017 18 December 2017

 

Google. Facebook. Twitter. The Internet itself. Twenty years ago most of these things were barely more than glints in their creators’ eyes (the internet was still the information superhighway 20 years ago), now they’re ubiquitous resources that most people can’t live without.

And while access to basic services is nominally free, they all come with a price – users are both clients and product. For every online action someone, somewhere, has made a record, and more often than not sold at least part of that information on as part of a comprehensive business model. Bring together information of high volume, velocity and variety, use technology and analysis to transform its value, and you’ve got Big Data.

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Flagpoling pilot project unlawful, says Immigration Section

By Kim Covert December 14, 2017 14 December 2017

 

A controversial Immigration Department pilot program that the CBA has argued should be stopped is instead being expanded, much to the dismay of the Immigration Law Section.

The Section wrote to Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada in July stating that its members had heard troubling accounts from foreign nationals trying to use the pilot project to renew or confirm status and seek re-entry into Canada. The Section offered up a more collaborative approach to addressing excessive wait times at ports of entry.

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Competition Bureau’s merger fee review would change more than the money

By Kim Covert December 13, 2017 13 December 2017

 

The Competition Bureau’s proposal to increase the amount it charges for a merger review is more than the first fee increase in 14 years – it represents a change in philosophy about how the Mergers Directorate is funded.

In their response to the proposal to increase filing fees to $72,000, the CBA Competition Law Section notes that previous fee analyses have “recognized that administering the Act’s merger provisions has public benefits that should be at least partially funded by taxpayers.” The current proposal assumes that the Mergers Directorate would be funded entirely by filing fees.

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