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Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 9:25 AM

Ottawa to increase immigration for economic recovery Marco_Mendicino_sm

Canada’s government has tabled a plan to boost immigration levels over the next three years to counter a shortfall caused by travel restrictions thrown up due to COVID-19. On Oct. 30, federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino tabled the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan, which sets out a strategy to boost Canada’s immigration targets in the name of economic recovery. ... [read more]

Friday, October 30, 2020 @ 9:43 AM

Diversity disclosure report provides update on new rules, highlights best practices Tabatha Bull

Canadian companies continue to show slow progress in promoting women to top executive roles, but new diversity disclosure requirements under the Canada Business Corporations Act promise to expand corporate diversity to other under-represented groups, according to the 2020 Diversity Disclosure Practices report published by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. ... [read more]

Friday, October 30, 2020 @ 8:28 AM

The Coach: Where are the profits? Part two | Gary Mitchell

If you are following this column and you read last months piece, you would have learned that I suggested taking a couple of audits of your time, your people’s time and what you are doing to market your practice or firm. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 3:07 PM

Business lobby group calls on feds to deliver more aid to industry, post-pandemic recovery plan Goldy Hyder sm

Canada needs a comprehensive strategy to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and rebound from its devastating economic impact, says one of the country’s leading business lobby groups. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 1:38 PM

Popular misconceptions about court transcriptionists cassette

Authorized Court Transcriptionists (ACTs) hear a lot of things that make us either cringe or laugh about how we are perceived. We all need to laugh once in a while, even when it hurts, so here we go! ... [read more]

Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 8:35 AM

Terminating employment: Avoid mixed messages | Stuart Rudner

“You're fired! Pack up your stuff and get out ... once the trade show is over.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 1:49 PM

U.S. immigration-dependent industries and visa suspensions denied_visa_sm

When it comes to the current state of U.S. immigration, the situation is complex. Historically, in a down economy, restrictions are placed on immigration in order to preserve U.S. jobs for American citizens. Currently, however, those restrictions are even more limiting because of policies put in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. To make matters even more complicated, we also have factors at play due to the upcoming U.S. presidential election, with actions being taken under the guise of further protecting U.S. jobs or bolstering the economy. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 9:47 AM

Dalhousie law school launches clinic for early tech startups Jacqueline_Walsh

Dalhousie University’s law school has started a new clinic for students — and a new law firm for early stage startups. The initio Technology and Innovation Law Clinic is intended to help startups in the formative phases to have affordable and easy access to legal services, said director Jacqueline Walsh. “At this stage, they don’t know what they don’t know, and they don’t have the money to hire a law firm.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 9:25 AM

Unfounded fear of U.S. limits productive solutions | Laurelly Dale

Most of us will never forget that distinct feeling of living life through the lens of a zombie apocalypse in the week of March 11. One major blow after another. Pandemic declared. Hockey is cancelled (!). Beloved Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have COVID-19. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 3:24 PM

New Alberta immigration pathways aimed at encouraging international students to stay in province Alberta Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation Doug Schweitzer

Alberta has launched two new immigration pathways aimed at attracting investment and encouraging international graduates to start their businesses in the province, and it is also limiting the number and types of jobs available for temporary foreign workers (TFWs) aimed at providing more opportunities for unemployed Albertans. ... [read more]