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Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 10:11 AM - Last Updated: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 3:33 PM

SCC affirms 7-2 Ontario and B.C. regulators’ denial of accreditation to TWU’s proposed law school Janet Epp Buckingham

In a four-opinion ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 7-2 that the refusal of the law societies of Ontario and B.C. to accredit Trinity Western University’s (TWU) proposed law school was reasonable because the regulators proportionately balanced the impact on the religious freedom rights of TWU’s community with the regulators’ mandate to protect the public — including promoting equal access to the legal profession, diversity and lawyer competence, as well as upholding a positive public perception of the legal profession. ... [read more]

Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 9:13 AM

Provincial programs strategic part of Canada’s immigration landscape | Colin Singer

Canada’s Provincial Nomination Programs are fulfilling their objectives by bringing in immigrants with the right skills for local labour markets. PNP immigrants generally find jobs quickly in their chosen fields. They also stay in their province of arrival and earn more than Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program candidates. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 1:48 PM

CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES - Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms - Aboriginal rights - Remedies for denial of rights

Ewert appealed from a judgment of the Federal Court of Appeal setting aside a decision finding Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) had breached its obligation under s. 24(1) of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA) and had infringed Ewert’s rights under s. 7 of the Charter. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 8:03 AM

Senate dumps random breath testing, sets stage for showdown with Commons Marc Gold

In a dramatic tie vote, the Senate has removed mandatory alcohol screening (MAS) from the Trudeau government’s impaired driving bill (Bill C-46) — a controversial move pushed for by many lawyers’ groups that also sets the stage for a showdown between the red chamber and the House of Commons. ... [read more]

Friday, June 08, 2018 @ 8:43 AM

Kreishan v. Canada: Another brick in the refugee wall brickwall_canada_sm

In December 2012, the former government restructured refugee determination. Those changes included an appeal process for refugee claimants whose claims are denied at a first level hearing. However, not everyone was given the right to appeal. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 06, 2018 @ 9:18 AM

NEXUS surprise: Renewals could trigger need for U.S. work authorization nexus_border_sm

The NEXUS program is a wonderful opportunity for Canadians travelling to the U.S. to avoid the long lines and overall anxiety of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspections at land borders and pre-flight inspections at airports. However, more and more NEXUS renewal applicants are being told they need to apply for U.S. work authorization before being approved for a new NEXUS card. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 05, 2018 @ 8:27 AM

NATURALIZATION OR CITIZENSHIP - Loss of or disqualification from citizenship

Application by Timothy Vavilov for judicial review of the refusal of his application for a certificate of Canadian citizenship. ... [read more]

Friday, June 01, 2018 @ 2:25 PM

Lawyer becomes CEO of Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council

Wendy Kelley is the new CEO of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). ... [read more]

Friday, June 01, 2018 @ 8:51 AM

Express Entry applications show what Canada values express_entry_sm

So far in 2018, we have seen Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issue 10 rounds of invitations to Express Entry candidates. Given the current volume of high-scoring candidates in the pool, candidates must be highly competitive to be selected. The following factors can significantly impact a candidate’s chances of success and reflect the qualities most desired in Canada’s current economic immigration system. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 @ 8:46 AM

Habeas corpus and the immigration detention of non-citizens immigration_detention_sm

Immigration detentions of non-citizens must only be for an immigration-related purpose. Undoubtedly, a detention is never pleasant. However, it is not the detention itself, or even its length, that is objectionable, but its unlawfulness. Often non-citizens are being detained on a faulty factual premise, inadvertent errors or criminal charges without a conviction. Once detained, it is difficult to secure a release and the detention can span years. ... [read more]