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Monday, February 24, 2020 @ 8:53 AM

U.S. immigration: Policies creating logical inconsistencies immigration_reform_gear_sm

As we stated in our previous article on the increasing impact of U.S. immigration policy shifts, we now have policy — which was never meant to trump law, no pun intended — being used as a weapon to circumvent reason. ... [read more]

Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 2:06 PM

Humour in the practice of law: Seriously | Marcel Strigberger

Are you sometimes overstressed practising law? Is your sense of humour dormant or even worse, muzzled? Of course not, but if it is … ... [read more]

Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 12:04 PM

CBA urges better regulation of immigration consultants, denounces Bill 21 religious discrimination Vivene Salmon

Lawyers are mobilizing to push Ottawa to rein in immigration consultants who harm the public and to denounce the Quebec government’s denial of public employment to lawyers and others who wear religious symbols as an expression of their faith. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 2:02 PM

Canada’s rights, limitations in face of plague crowdwithmasks.jpg

The recent outbreak of the coronavirus has filled the Internet with images that seem to be straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster film. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 1:17 PM

Dunton Rainville adds lawyers in Montreal, Joliette

The Dunton Rainville law firm and notaries announced that Marie-Josée Maltais has joined the Montreal labour, employment and immigration law team, while Marc-André Michaud has joined the civil law team at the office in Joliette, Que. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 9:43 AM

Ottawa wants new citizens to pledge to observe Aboriginal and treaty rights Murray Sinclair

The federal government has introduced amendments to the Citizenship Act that would require new citizens to commit that they will faithfully observe the laws of Canada, “including the Constitution, which recognizes and affirms the Aboriginal and treaty rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 2:34 PM

U.S. immigration: Increasing impact of policy shifts immigration_reform_gear

Systemic immigration reform has long been an American dream, with the last several administrations (covering both sides of the political aisle) attempting to overhaul key provisions or the country’s current system entirely. But over the last 20 years, little has been achieved in changing the actual laws underpinning U.S. immigration — leaving it up to policymakers to inject change where possible based on policy interpretations of existing laws. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 9:04 AM

Boosting the rate of technology adoption | Aaron Baer

For many observers of the legal industry, the seemingly glacial change of innovation can be astounding. After all, it’s not unreasonable to wonder how the use of data analytics, process mapping or new technology within a law firm can be considered to be innovative. But the reality is that lawyers (and law firms) are often resistant to change. Being trained to identify all potential risks and being subject to a system that relies so heavily on precedent doesn’t exactly align itself well to change. And of course, there’s the incentive misalignment that will remain present in the legal profession so long as the billable hour reigns supreme. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 12:33 PM

OBA immigration seminar touches on working rules ‘landmines’ for foreign students Elise_Bell_sm

Foreign students on full-time study permits need to fully understand the strict rules around the number of hours they can work while in school, said a lawyer at a recent Ontario Bar Association immigration seminar. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 @ 2:10 PM

Immigrants beware: IRS, CRA operate differently canada_u.s._tax_sm

For immigration purposes, life would be easier if the Internal Revenue Service in the United States and the Canada Revenue Agency in Canada were on the same page. But they are not, and for this reason people must be aware of their status for tax obligations. ... [read more]