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Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 12:04 PM

LAO explains changes to refugee services; legal community slams provincial cuts David McKillop sm

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has clarified that it will not be suspending all of its refugee and immigration services but has made interim changes to maintain “core” services in the wake of funding cuts made to the justice sector in the provincial budget. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 9:08 AM

Unfair refugee amendment rammed through in budget bill refugee_family_sm

Human rights in Canada have just suffered a significant blow. Buried deep in the recent federal budget bill is an amendment to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act that creates a class of people who are denied a refugee hearing after they enter Canada. The change applies to anyone who sought refugee protection in one of five countries, regardless of whether there’s been a decision. It overwhelmingly affects those entering Canada from the U.S. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 8:40 AM

U.S. tax changes affecting cross-border alimony american_alimony_sm

The 2017 Tax Reform Act (the Act) signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump in December 2017 affects taxpayers who are getting a divorce — even if one is a Canadian resident. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 11, 2019 @ 8:47 AM

Closing Safe Third Country Agreement loopholes | Colin Singer

Canada and the U.S. are set to begin talks to close a loophole that has allowed more than 40,000 refugee claimants to cross into Canada from the U.S. during the past two years. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 09, 2019 @ 9:54 AM

EXTRADITION AND CRIMINAL MUTUAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE

Appeal by Chandler from committal for extradition to the United States, and application for judicial review of the Minister's surrender order. The United States sought the extradition of the appellant to face charges of fraud arising from a condominium construction project. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 @ 9:23 AM

The sanctity of citizenship in Canada, the U.K. cancelled_passport_sm

In February, British Home Secretary Sajid Javid revoked the citizenship of Shamima Begum. Begum, a London-born 19-year old woman, was recruited by the Islamic State and married to an ISIS soldier at 15. She holds no other nationality and as a result of the revocation, she is currently stateless. A storm of discussion has erupted on the other side of the pond and prompted my own thoughts on the sanctity of citizenship and the purgatory of statelessness, in Canada and abroad. ... [read more]

Friday, March 22, 2019 @ 8:14 AM

Despite ‘Trumpocalypse’ U.S. immigration still a hot ticket welcome_u.s._sm

Both sides of the border are experiencing rather unprecedented challenges to the status quo, as they approach new elections in 2019 and 2020. But despite the political circus, businesses in the Great White North have other things to focus on — including signs that all is not well on the economic front. Despite recent job growth, many other indicators show that the Canadian economy is struggling, including recent GDP figures that show the economy shrank in December. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 @ 8:39 AM

Quebec ruling emphasizes government respect for rule of law | Colin Singer

A Quebec Superior Court justice ordered the provincial government to continue processing existing immigration applications under the regular Quebec Skilled Worker Program. ... [read more]

Monday, March 18, 2019 @ 9:34 AM

The business of cannabis: Key risks for boards cannabis_money_sm

As the first G7 nation to legalize cannabis, Canada has a unique opportunity to create a positive governance culture — and the world is watching. ... [read more]

Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 9:53 AM

Immigration pathways for caregivers immigrant_caregiver)sm

Caregivers care for our children, our elderly parents and people who need assistance. They bridge the gap for many Canadians who need assistance while they are working or studying outside the home. Care workers provide critical support to Canadian society, allowing families to thrive and our economy to function successfully. They care for children, the elderly and people with illness or disabilities. ... [read more]