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Monday, May 03, 2021 @ 10:29 AM

U.S. addressing influx of migrants at southern border Traffic lineups at U.S. Mexico border crossing

On April 22, 2021, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Rep. Henry Cuellar (D, Texas-28), and Rep. Tony Gonzales (R, Texas-23) introduced the bicameral Bipartisan Border Solutions Act of 2021 in Congress. This immigration bill addresses the influx of foreign nationals at the U.S.-Mexico border — a phenomenon that has been characterized as a U.S. immigration crisis. The purpose of the immigration bill is to improve the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) and Department of Justice’s (DOJ) capacity to manage migration influxes. It also aims to make the asylum process more efficient, reduce impact on local communities and ensure migrants are treated fairly and humanely. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 @ 12:40 PM

Why is West not renouncing Chad’s new illegal government? | Franck Bakasse

On April 20, 2021, the spokesperson for the Chadian national army, Gen. Azem Bermandoa, announced on Chadian national television the death of Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno, who died as a result of his wounds fighting against the rebel group FACT (Front for Change and Concord in Chad). ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 @ 8:26 AM

Hiring temporary foreign workers: The details | Colin Singer

Further to our series on hiring temporary foreign workers, as part of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) requirements employers must conduct recruitment efforts to hire Canadians and permanent residents before offering a job to a temporary foreign worker. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 4:30 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 6:28 PM

Ottawa sending military medical personnel to Ontario, Nova Scotia to help with health crisis Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is sending military medical personnel to help with surging numbers of COVID-19 in Ontario but is passing on the province’s offer to boost the federal government’s sick leave benefit. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 1:41 PM

‘Gloves are off’ in Ontario paralegals’ fight over immigration practice restrictions Antonio (Tony) Caruso

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has been hit with a lawsuit saying it is unfairly narrowing the scope of practice for paralegals who work in immigration law. The lawsuit, which was launched by paralegals Kashif Ali and Antonio (Tony) Caruso, is arguing an LSO bylaw which restricts their practice to proceedings before the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) and excludes them from filling out immigration applications on behalf of their clients directly contravenes s. 91(2)(a) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). ... [read more]

Monday, April 26, 2021 @ 8:48 AM

Hiring temporary foreign workers: Employer responsibilities | Colin Singer

The employer must ensure the temporary worker has the right entry document, either a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada. These documents are issued with the work permit when coming to Canada from another country. Depending on the type of work they will do in Canada and where they lived the previous year, temporary workers may have to undergo a medical examination during the application process. ... [read more]

Friday, April 23, 2021 @ 2:02 PM

Ottawa suspends flights from India, Pakistan; B.C. announces travel restrictions Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

With Canada in the throes of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, politicians both federally and provincially have taken steps to crack down on travel. Transport Canada has suspended all direct commercial and private passenger flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days, as of April 22. Passengers who depart India or Pakistan via an indirect route will need to obtain a negative COVID-19 pre-departure test from a third country before continuing their journey to Canada. ... [read more]

Friday, April 23, 2021 @ 1:50 PM

The court backlog: Is this access to justice? | Jasmine Daya

My articling student walked into my office with her head lowered, barely able to make eye contact with me as she said, “I’m sorry Jasmine.” It was not her fault that the presiding master at motions court denied our request to add a litigation guardian to the action. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 12:31 PM

Strain from too much screen time: The eyes have it Woman with closed eyes

It has been exactly a year since I wrote an article for The Lawyer’s Daily on the struggles of being a working parent at home while homeschooling children who are supposed to be learning on Zoom (but are, let’s face it, either playing video games in their room or hiding in their bed). Things were tough, but they were going to get better. After all, there’s no way these kids would still be virtual learning a year from now, right? ... [read more]

Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 8:40 AM

Hiring temporary foreign workers: International mobility | Colin Singer

Economic growth and a renewed need for temporary foreign workers is being seen all over Canada as companies gear back up to almost-normal business practices and the COVID-19 pandemic (hopefully) slowly winds down with the arrival of vaccines. There are two main programs through which employers can have access to this pool of international talent and labour — the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), and the International Mobility Program (IMP). ... [read more]