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Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 12:57 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 5:10 PM

SCC says conditional sentences are not terms of ‘imprisonment’ leading to immigration deportation Aris Daghighian

In a judgment welcomed by immigration lawyers, but called “disappointing” on the administrative law front, the Supreme Court has ruled that permanent residents sentenced in Canada to conditional sentences cannot be deported for “serious criminality” under s. 36(1)(a) the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 9:29 AM

Media images influence Canadians' views on refugees at border | Maureen Silcoff

Poll results show that those who have been crossing at irregular borders from the U.S. don't have the same level of support as Syrian refugees, who came to Canada in large numbers in the past two years. But given the immigration situation south of the border, are the irregular crossers less deserving of a chance to prove their cases? ... [read more]

Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 6:59 AM

CBA urges feds to give more to provincial immigration, refugee services Barbara_Caruso_sm

Merely months after legal aid bodies in at least two provinces were brought to the brink of suspending their immigration and refugee services, the Canadian Bar Association is calling on the federal government to help — lest risk a possible breach of the Charter. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 2:16 PM

Sober second thought needed on proposal to raise immigration levels to 450,000 Immigrants

The Conference Board of Canada recommendation comes as the federal government is on the verge of deciding how many immigrants will be accepted over the next several years. While immigrants bring economic benefits to the country over the long term, any increase should be incremental and well managed. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 7:26 AM

Lawyers laud proposed additions to Ontario Human Rights Code, but say more change needed Nadia_Halum_sm

An Ontario MPP’s bid to expand human rights laws could mean “significant” protection for those with a police record or at a socioeconomic disadvantage, but would miss the mark when it comes to furthering safeguards for those needing to help family and other relations, lawyers say. ... [read more]

Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 11:49 AM

Canada should withdraw from the Safe Third Country Agreement | Matthew Jeffery

The discriminatory policy of the Trump administration means the U.S. can no longer be considered a "safe third country" for refugee claimants. It also means Canada can expect to see more claimants cross the border illegally in search of protection, making withdrawal from the agreement necessary if this country is to uphold its promises to the displaced. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 11:03 AM

CBA asks Ottawa for 'robust' protections for solicitor-client privilege at U.S. border Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

The Trudeau government should rewrite two intrusive customs bills that raise the risks at the Canada-U.S. border of abusive strip searches and interrogations of Canadian travellers by U.S. preclearance officials, violations of solicitor-client privilege and unconstitutional searches of cell phones and other electronic devices, the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) has advised Parliament. ... [read more]

Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 9:40 AM

Canada needs a DREAM Act for young people living here illegally | Guidy Mamann

While concern is expressed in this country about the plight of Dreamers in the U.S. under a Trump administration, Canadian politicians seem to give little thought to children who live here in the shadows because their parents wanted a better life. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 1:24 PM

Gowling WLG launches new area of practice

With the aim of helping businesses relocated to Canada, Gowling WLG has formed what it's calling the relocation services group. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 9:37 AM

U.S. RAISE Act takes a page from Canada's merit-based immigration system Immigration_law_sm

The proposed legislation, endorsed by President Donald Trump, would follow this country's lead and implement a points system, but it could ultimately cut in half the number of immigrant visas granted annually. ... [read more]