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Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 8:36 AM

Practical COVID-19 impacts on foreign nationals in Canada temporary_visa_sm

Recently, news outlets have focused their coverage on the drastic travel restrictions implemented by the Canadian government in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These border closures are intended to limit the number of foreign nationals entering Canada that could introduce the virus to new populations. There have also been significant measures taken within Canada to encourage social distancing, resulting in the closure of many Canadian businesses and schools. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 3:55 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 9:21 AM

New mandatory quarantine for inbound travellers; Lametti certifies C-13 is Charter-compliant David Lametti

Hours before Ottawa announced a sweeping mandatory 14-day quarantine of travellers (except essential workers) arriving from abroad, effective midnight March 25, Justice Minister David Lametti gave his constitutional blessing to the federal government’s $107 billion COVID-19 financial relief legislation (Bill C-13). ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 12:14 PM

U.S. COVID-19 immigration policies could scuttle vulnerable businesses virus_sinking_business_sm

“Business as usual” is a thing of the past. With borders closed to international travellers, economies reeling from government actions in response to COVID-19, and demand for business services at an all-time low because of the pandemic, business across the U.S.-Canada border has slowed to an unprecedented crawl. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 3:07 PM

Luck of draw still key element in deciding judicial review for refugee claims: study Sean Rehaag

A study published in the Queen’s Law Journal in 2012 concluded that for individuals seeking a judicial review of refugee determinations the outcome frequently comes down to luck of the draw. That study, conducted by Sean Rehaag, the director of York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies, has now been replicated by the Osgoode Hall law professor. The findings: unchanged. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 11:02 AM

Making sense of shifting COVID-19 immigration laws | Ravi Jain

Immigration lawyers have been grappling with a flurry of new rules relating to COVID-19. There have been Transport Canada announcements as per the Aeronautics Act, Program Delivery Instructions and “Special Instructions” by Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC), pronouncements by the minister of public safety, the deputy prime minister and even the prime minister. There has been a travel ban and then exceptions to the travel ban. There have been orders-in-council amending earlier versions of the same and also amendments to the Regulations to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 3:47 PM

Boom, bust and echo: Law firms are not immune | Jasmine Daya

During this time of COVID-19, putting on a smile and saying it’s “business as usual” is either an attempt to convince yourself that this is reality or a flawed marketing attempt. It is anything but business as usual, with some employees attempting to work remotely and some employees that are or will be temporarily laid off. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 2:21 PM

What you have to know when pandemic forces you to work from home | Russell Bennett

When I started my law firm (of one) almost two years ago, I decided to work from home. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 2:22 PM

What B.C.’s gender equity plan means for diversity, access to justice | Kurt Sandstrom

In 2018, British Columbia committed to advancing gender equality by ensuring that gender equity is reflected in all budget, policy and program decisions. Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA-Plus) is now a required component of all cabinet, budget and Treasury Board submissions. The benefits of this analysis are exciting and sometimes unexpected. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 1:17 PM

Top next generation lead boosting tactics for law firms | Fran Jakubowicz

In terms of marketing spend, the legal industry is one of the most aggressive, with North American law firms spending anywhere from two to 10 per cent of their revenue on marketing activities, and 65 per cent of that amount is devoted to digital marketing activities. Yet, with law firms everywhere scrambling for space on every available digital platform, and with an average conversion rate of approximately two per cent on traditional website lead generation forms, conventional digital marketing tactics are having to create new ways to reach their audience. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 8:22 AM

COVID-19 court closures: What to make of it and what to do | Gary Joseph

At the risk of some serious pushback, am I the only one upset by the Supreme Court of Justice shutdown? We are facing a serious health crisis that cannot be understated. We all need to implement safe office procedures, limit personal contact and perhaps more but we also have to continue to represent families who cannot sit on the sidelines while the courts are closed. Many are in need of support and cannot bring motions. Many are not seeing their children and cannot seek access. What happened to telephone conference calls, Skype and Zoom access? Do we simply park all our matters that are urgent but will not meet the test for urgency? ... [read more]