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Friday, August 07, 2020 @ 11:47 AM

New Calgary partner for DLA Piper Canada

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP announced that Correna Jones has joined the ‎firm as a partner in the Calgary office. Jones’ practice focuses on ‎employment, labour and business immigration law. ... [read more]

Friday, August 07, 2020 @ 8:21 AM

Time to say goodbye to refugee bogeyman wave_goodbye_sm

Driven by the politics of fear and division, it’s undeniable that Trump’s America is unsafe for refugees. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 06, 2020 @ 8:33 AM

Long-term impact of Safe Third Country Agreement decision danger_sign_sm

In our first article in this series, we discussed the decision in Canadian Council for Refugees v. Canada (Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship) 2020 FC 770, ruling that the legislation colloquially referred to as the Safe Third Country Agreement, or STCA, was unconstitutional and is therefore of no force or effect. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 05, 2020 @ 2:03 PM

Being rude in court: Disciplinary sanctions screaming_mouth_sm

In part one of this series we summarized the scope of that rather elusive line as to when a lawyer would cross into uncivil communications with opposing counsel and reviewed a governing Code of Conduct and The Advocates’ Society’s principles regarding civility in support of our conclusions. In this part we will take a look at case studies in order to illuminate just what the boundaries of civil communications between counsel may be. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 04, 2020 @ 8:19 AM

Safe Third Country Agreement ruled unconstitutional danger_sign_sm

On July 22, the Federal Court issued a decision in Canadian Council for Refugees v. Canada (Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship) 2020 FC 770, ruling that the legislation implementing the Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America for Cooperation in the Examination of Refugee Status Claims from Nationals of Third Countries (colloquially referred to as the Safe Third Country Agreement or STCA) was unconstitutional and is therefore of no force or effect pursuant to s. 52 of the Constitution Act, 1982. The court suspended this declaration of invalidity for a period of six months from the date of the decision to allow Parliament time to respond to this declaration. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 30, 2020 @ 9:16 AM

Justice and the pandemic: What has to change Canada_COVID_sm

This article is the last of a five-part series examining our courts’ response to the pandemic and what it means for the future of the civil justice system. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 30, 2020 @ 8:35 AM

Immigration and COVID-19: The U.S. and the rest of 2020 | Colin Singer

As we discussed in the first article in this series, Canada is expecting a surge in immigration applications in the rest of 2020. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 @ 2:24 PM

Being rude in court: Crossing the line screaming_mouth_sm

The recent resignation of an Alberta lawyer, with an undertaking not to apply to the Law Society of Alberta for reinstatement, following citations that he “failed to be courteous and civil to another lawyer,” among other things, gave us pause — when does a lawyer cross the line into uncivil communications with opposing counsel that could give rise to law society discipline? With the benefit of only the Disposition Summary at the time of writing, but without the full Alberta Law Society Report, we were motivated to look into this further. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 @ 2:07 PM

Canada cuts international students a temporary break canadian_univsersity_sm

On July 20, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced temporary policy changes to the international student program in the context of COVID-19. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 @ 1:22 PM

Feds could face new Charter challenge after Safe Third Country Agreement declared unconstitutional Anthony Navaneelan

While the Federal Court’s July 22 ruling, Canadian Council for Refugees v. Canada (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship) 2020 FC 770, declared the near-16-year-old, Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) unconstitutional, the federal government could face another Charter challenge over another directive regarding asylum seekers included in last year’s omnibus budget legislation. ... [read more]