Library of Parliament Research Publications
HillNotes are brief analyses of current or emerging issues that also provide related resources for further reading, as well as recent news clippings on the topics. HillNotes over 90 days old may be found in the Archives section.
23 March 2015
Aggressive tax planning by multinational corporations has had an adverse impact on the tax revenues of a number of countries, including Canada.
12 March 2015
On 30 January 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada recognized a constitutional protection of the right to strike, ruling that it is an indispensable part of collective bargaining.
11 March 2015
When it comes to Canadian television policy, it has always been tricky to balance the interests of consumers, content creators, and broadcasting and distribution companies. Corporate integration, rapid technological change and shifting viewing habits make it even trickier.
In its latest review of the Canadian television system, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) takes on the challenge of balancing these interests and responding to technological change.
5 March 2015
Canadian women earn a third of master’s degrees in business administration and play a greater role in the business sector than at any time in Canada’s history, yet they remain under-represented in the highest echelons of business in Canada – on corporate boards.
3 March 2015
Plastic has long been a known contaminant in the world’s oceans. Of particular concern are the smaller pieces of plastic – those less than 5 mm – that can cause harm to fish and other wildlife.
25 February 2015
Although Aboriginal women make up about 4% of the Canadian population, they represented 11% of missing women and 16% of female homicides between 1980 and 2012.
23 February 2015
On 6 February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision on a constitutional challenge of the prohibition in the Criminal Code against assisted suicide.
19 February 2015
In 2003, two class-action lawsuits – each of which had the same facts – were launched against nine Canadian banks by consumers in Quebec: Bank of Montreal v. Marcotte and Amex Bank of Canada v. Adams. The Supreme Court of Canada heard these cases on 13 February 2014. On 19 September 2014, it issued its judgments in favour of the consumers.
13 February 2015
Today the Supreme Court will hear the case between Her Majesty the Queen, et al. (respondents) and Gilles Caron, et al. (appellants), a francophone Albertan charged with an offence under Alberta’s Traffic Safety Act.
11 February 2015
The raising of the red maple leaf flag for the first time on Parliament Hill 50 years ago, on 15 February 1965, was the culmination of a long, heated parliamentary debate.
9 February 2015
On 16 January 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada released its ruling on the right of members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to engage in collective bargaining.
27 January 2015
This anniversary presents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on how our fundamental legal principles have emerged, how they have endured, and how they continue to be put to the test in our modern society.
10 December 2014
According to the Industry Canada report Credit Condition Trends, in 2013, financing approval rates were 81% for businesses with up to four employees, 84% for those with between five and 19 employees, and 93% for those with between 20 and 99 employees. With unmet financing needs, some of Canada’s small businesses are turning to non-traditional sources, such as crowdfunding.
9 December 2014
This is the third in a series of six instalments that present an overview of parliamentary debates surrounding the First World War, the 100th anniversary of whose outbreak Canada commemorates this year.
The Tax-Free Savings Account – 2. Impact on Household Personal Finance Strategies and Federal Fiscal Cost
4 December 2014
This is the second in a series of two articles that provide information and statistics regarding the Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA). The TFSA will celebrate its sixth anniversary in January 2015. It is the most significant personal savings vehicle established by the federal government since the Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP), which was created in 1957.
2 December 2014
This is the first in a series of two articles that provide information and statistics regarding the Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA). The TFSA will celebrate its sixth anniversary in January 2015. It is the most significant personal savings vehicle established by the federal government since the Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP), which was created in 1957.
26 November 2014
In June 2014 the Supreme Court of Canada released a landmark decision in R. v. Spencer in which it held that Internet users can have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their online activities. It found that a police request made without a warrant to an Internet Service Provider (ISP) for customer information corresponding to particular Internet activity amounted to a “search” under section 8 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the Charter).
21 November 2014
Just what can others learn about you from the metadata you generate? This will give you an idea:
18 November 2014
To help parliamentarians fulfill their responsibilities, they receive public funds, which allow them to hire staff, travel to and from their constituencies and pay various costs related to their duties. … To put the Canadian situation into greater context, this HillNote outlines practices related to the disclosure and review of parliamentarians’ expenses in the United Kingdom, Australia and France.
6 November 2014
The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has been described by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since the Ebola virus was first discovered” in 1976.
5 November 2014
Given the ubiquity of communication technologies and the potential for the Internet to be used in criminal activities, telecommunications data are becoming increasingly important to domestic and international criminal investigations.
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