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.
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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