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Border agency lost track of 34,700 ordered out of Canada: audit report
Bill Blair
Federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair said in a statement that the CBSA ‘will take specific measures to address concerns raised’ and has ‘already taken steps to better deliver on its mandate in relation to removals.’

Thursday, July 09, 2020 @ 9:31 AM

Poor data quality, flawed case management and “significant periods of inactivity” contributed to Canadian border officials’ failure to locate tens of thousands of foreign nationals ordered out of the country, thus jeopardizing public safety and the integrity of the immigration system. This was part of the findings of an audit report by the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG) — released July 8 as part of the OAG’s 2020 Spring Reports. ... [read more]

Federal-provincial initiative will insure Ontario farmers for COVID-19 losses

Friday, July 10, 2020 @ 2:42 PM

The federal-provincial AgriInsurance program is being enhanced for Ontario farmers to include coverage for labour shortages due to COVID-19. The increased insurance will include coverage for losses due to an inability to attract sufficient on-farm labour due to COVID-19, as well as illness or quarantine of on-farm labour or the producer due to the pandemic, according to a July 9 Ontario government news release. ... [read more]

Saskatchewan looking to big rooms to accommodate September jury trials

Friday, July 10, 2020 @ 12:31 PM

Ballrooms, convention centres and large arts facilities are being eyed as potential venues for the scheduled resumption of criminal jury trials in Saskatchewan this fall, says one of the province’s top judges. ... [read more]

Ottawa changes law to allow non-biological Canadian parents to pass citizenship to their children Marco_Mendicino

Friday, July 10, 2020 @ 9:06 AM

The federal government is amending Canada’s citizenship law to rectify what it characterized as unjust treatment of the LGBTQ2+ community and people experiencing fertility issues. ... [read more]

Proposed Ontario legislation to extend emergency powers raises concerns Cara Zwibel sm

Thursday, July 09, 2020 @ 1:45 PM

Opposition parties and civil liberties advocates say they will be watching closely to see if the Ontario government’s extension of emergency powers opens the way for abuse of power. ... [read more]