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Tuesday, June 15, 2021 @ 2:20 PM

Indigenous names can be included on immigration documents, Ottawa announces Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

On June 14, the government of Canada announced that “Indigenous peoples can now reclaim their Indigenous names, as written, on passports and other immigration documents.” ... [read more]

Thursday, June 10, 2021 @ 10:46 AM

Consistency in communications: Cross your heart and hope to fly Russian dancer

Businesses and service providers usually display statements about service excellence on their sites. Think of companies that sell sports gear, electronics, or barbecues, and of professionals like accountants, lawyers, and HR consultants. They all “offer consistent quality,” “stand behind their product,” “want to understand the client,” “tailor services to each customer’s needs,” and “act as a partner in the client’s success.” Typical values are consistency, accountability, honesty, integrity, and respect. So far so good. However, the reality may be quite different. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 09, 2021 @ 5:40 AM


Appeal by Canada from a Federal Court judgment declaring provisions preventing refugee protection claims from persons arriving from the United States constitutionally invalid. ... [read more]

Monday, June 07, 2021 @ 1:52 PM

Unjustified rules for arranged employment of international program workers | Afshin Yazdani

In a historic and game-changing move, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada invited 27,332 candidates — i.e., every single person who was in the Express Entry pool under the CEC category — to apply for permanent residence. While this proved to be great for those with at least one year qualifying Canadian work experience, the CEC permanent residency program appears to discriminate against those designated as NOC 00. ... [read more]

Monday, June 07, 2021 @ 8:42 AM

How Canada might open the U.S.-Canada border Open lock with U.S. flag on it

For over a year, the world’s longest international border has remained closed to non-essential travel. On May 21, the closure was extended for another month. There was some speculation that the officials would loosen some border restrictions in May, but the situation remained unchanged. Now, with the closure expiration date less than a month away, there is some indication that Canadian officials are considering a plan to reopen the border with their largest trading partner. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 27, 2021 @ 2:12 PM

Forgotten assets can give executors tax, legal problems Magnifying glass and dollar signs on world map

Whether you’re downsizing, moving closer to be with family, or moving internationally to spend your “golden years” in Spain, Greece or Austria, one thing is always true: moving is a pain. So much work, so many logistical details, so many legal documents, so many boxes. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 @ 10:51 AM

Bill 96: The perils of ‘pensee unique’ | Julius Grey

Those who consider the proposed Quebec constitutional amendment to be purely declaratory with no effect are confusing the content of the amendment with its insertion into the Constitution. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 @ 9:15 AM

Immigration consultants’ council moves closer to college status

The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) has marked another milestone in its transition to becoming the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) later this year. In a May 20 news release, the Burlington, Ont.-based ICCRC announced that it has received a letter from Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino stating his intention to approve ICCRC’s application to become a professional college with greater self-regulatory powers over immigration consultants. ... [read more]

Friday, May 21, 2021 @ 11:28 AM

U.S. congressman pushes for federal plan to reopen U.S.-Canada border Map of U.S. with scissors cutting COVID-19 tapes

U.S. congressman and co-chair of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus Brian Higgins is calling on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to create a plan to reopen the U.S.-Canada border, which has been closed to non-essential travel since March 2020. Lawmakers have been pushing for the border to reopen for months now and with the ongoing rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S., Higgins believes it is time for action. ... [read more]

Friday, May 21, 2021 @ 8:15 AM

Riding herd in emerg Cowgirl riding herd

At some point, most of us have worked on group assignments as part of a class, course or program. The idea is to have people work collaboratively, and the outcome is that each team member earns the same grade for the final product. These projects can work out well if everyone is engaged, and each team member delivers their part on time. The key word is “collaborative,” and this is where human nature, attitude and calculation come into play. You often need one group member to ride herd. ... [read more]