Net Neutrality in Canada

(Disponible en français : La neutralité du Net au Canada) The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC or the Commission) defines net neutrality as the general principle that “all traffic on the Internet should be given equal treatment by” Internet service providers (ISPs). The Commission’s net neutrality policy specifically rests on sections 27(2) and 36…

Issues and Concerns Related to Digital Currencies

(Disponible en français : Enjeux et préoccupations liés aux monnaies numériques) This HillNote is the second of three on the topic of digital currencies. Part 1 of the series dealt with the taxation and regulation of digital currencies and part 3 will discuss blockchain technology and its various applications. A.      The Hype Recent media…

Indigenous Peoples and Sport in Canada

(Disponible en français : Les peuples autochtones et les sports au Canada) As part of National Indigenous Peoples Day, on June 21 communities across Canada will hold events to celebrate Indigenous cultures and contributions to Canada. Indigenous peoples have been instrumental in the development of sport in Canada and have had significant achievements as athletes,…

Federal Legislation affecting People with Disabilities: Where We Are Today

(Disponible en français : Législation fédérale concernant les personnes handicapées : la situation actuelle) A Move towards a Canadians with Disabilities Act While there is currently no overarching federal disability legislation in Canada, the idea has garnered attention for decades. Many voices, including a parliamentary committee, a federal task force, and advocates have called for…

Understanding Artificial Intelligence – Canadian Perspectives

(Disponible en français : Comprendre l’intelligence artificielle – Perspectives canadiennes) Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the way we live, work, and play. This transformative technology can affect manufacturing, transportation, national security, the delivery of health care and other public or private services. Stemming from ongoing AI research, current developments include predictive analytics, natural language processing (understanding…

Canada’s G7 Presidency

(Disponible en français : Présidence canadienne du G7) In January 2018, Canada assumed the presidency of the Group of Seven (G7). Canada will host G7 leaders at a Summit taking place in Charlevoix, Quebec on 8-9 June. The G7 is an informal bloc of seven industrialized democracies – Canada, France, the United States, the United…

Taxation and Regulation of Digital Currencies

(Disponible en français : Fiscalité et réglementation des monnaies numériques) This HillNote is the first of three on the topic of digital currencies. Part 2 of the series will deal with issues and concerns related to digital currencies and part 3 will discuss blockchain technology and its various applications. A.        Digital Currencies Since 2008, digital…

Canada’s Third Universal Periodic Review Before the United Nations Human Rights Council

(Disponible en français : Troisième examen périodique universel du Canada devant le Conseil des droits de l’homme des Nations Unies) On 11 May, Canada’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General will lead a delegation of senior federal civil servants and representatives from the governments of Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador to appear before a working group…