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Kim Covert

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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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Excising uncertainty: Comments on proposed amendments to the ETA

By Kim Covert November 30, 2017 30 November 2017

 

The purpose of a definition is to define. The purpose of a clarification is to clarify. According to the CBA Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade Section, draft amendments to the Excise Tax Act do neither, and in fact create uncertainty.

In its submission, the Section comments on subsection 272.1(8) proposed in draft amendments related to “investment limited partnerships.”

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Legal aid in Canada: Same conclusions, different report

By Kim Covert November 28, 2017 28 November 2017


Federal legal aid funding has not kept pace with costs. There is a patchwork of legal aid assistance levels across the country. Federal money should be earmarked for civil legal aid. Money spent on legal aid saves money elsewhere in the social assistance system. Technological advances should be leveraged to improve access to legal aid services. National data collection should be improved.

Many of the 10 recommendations from a report on legal aid by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights probably sound like déjà vu all over again.

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