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Friday, January 22, 2021 @ 1:22 PM

Why diversity is important to legal profession | Sacha de Klerk

If we were all the same, things would be much simpler. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 21, 2021 @ 10:53 AM

China: Congenial police state | Ken Hill

My astute editor, who noticed that my adjacent photo was taken in China, suggested I might have some stories about the law in the Middle Kingdom. I did not practise law there but I did live in Shanghai for six months, accompanying my wife who had a contract in what is by some measures the largest city in the world. This was right at the start of my retirement and I heartily recommend to anyone contemplating retirement to consider starting it off with an extended stay in someplace far far away. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 @ 10:43 AM

Business immigrants: Different programs work for different people Hot Air Balloon with Canadian Flag

Canada is welcoming 401,000 new permanent residents this year, and many of those who immigrate will be entrepreneurs, innovators or owners of established businesses. While the doors may be open, there are several different routes to a successful permanent residency (PR) application — some are more complicated and take longer, and some are better for people connected to business. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 @ 2:34 PM

Where do religious and charitable workers fit into immigration system? Canadian flag surrounded by gears

The institution of religion reverberates across Canada’s landscape — from our education and social benefit systems to our charitable sector — and contributes to overall community cohesion. Canada’s diverse religious landscape forms a core of our identity, so much so that we have enshrined religious freedoms in our Constitution. ... [read more]

Monday, January 18, 2021 @ 9:28 AM

Judges can’t ‘smuggle’ personal views into statutory interpretation: Federal Court of Appeal

Based on its interpretation of the “authentic meaning” of Alberta’s Limitations Act, the Federal Court of Appeal recently set aside a Federal Court judgment awarding Albertan Stevan Utah damages from the federal government based on his allegation that an immigration officer failed to process his request for refugee protection in a timely manner and thus caused him injury. ... [read more]

Monday, January 18, 2021 @ 8:25 AM

Access to Justice: Fragility and resilience: Lessons of 2020 and 2021 potential | Beverley McLachlin

One could be forgiven for some hyperbole when writing a column about the past year. The year 2020 and the beginning of 2021 has been a time of historic, and largely negative, extremes across the health, environment and social landscape. We have been personally and institutionally tested in ways that most of us could not previously have imagined. ... [read more]

Friday, January 15, 2021 @ 8:26 AM

Express Entry 2020: Record-breaking year despite COVID | Colin Singer

The Canada Express Entry system enjoyed a record year in 2020, despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 1:08 PM

The year that flew by in slow motion | William Woodward

What a year 2020 was. As I entered into my role as chair of the Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA) in November of 2020, I contemplated the year ahead and the goals FOLA hoped to achieve. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 8:41 AM

How one lawyer helps young litigators through modern training | Aaron Baer

“There are known knowns … there are known unknowns … but there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know … it is the latter category that tends to be the difficult ones.” — Donald Rumsfeld, former U.S. secretary of defence. Law students and young lawyers often find themselves in the world of unknown unknowns. And that is a dangerous and very stressful place to reside. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 6:05 AM

IMMIGRANTS - Application for immigrant visa - Humanitarian and compassionate considerations

Appeal by Subramaniam from a decision dismissing his application for judicial review of an Immigration Officer’s decision refusing to process the appellant’s application for permanent residence on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. ... [read more]