Update — Federal Legislation affecting People with Disabilities: Where We Are Today

(Disponible en français : Mise à jour — Législation fédérale concernant les personnes handicapées : la situation actuelle) A Move towards a Canadians with Disabilities Act The idea of overarching federal accessibility legislation has garnered attention for decades. Many voices, including a parliamentary committee, a federal task force, and advocates have called for legislative action to…

Precarious Employment in Canada: An Overview

(Disponible en français : Emploi précaire au Canada : un survol de la situation) What is precarious employment? Simply put, precarious employment is a “bad job”. However, problems arise when we try to define and measure more precisely the characteristics that constitute a “bad job”. According to the International Labour Organization, precarious employment refers to…

Changing the Machinery of Government: Indigenous Affairs Portfolio

(Disponible en français : Restructuration de l’appareil gouvernemental : portefeuille des affaires autochtones) More than twenty years ago, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommended that “the government of Canada present legislation to abolish the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and to replace it by two new departments: a Department of Aboriginal Relations…

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…