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Tuesday, April 12, 2022 @ 1:25 PM

Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program Canadian flag pinned to a map of Canada

On April 4, the government of Canada announced changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) in order to ensure Canada’s economy continues to meet the labour market needs of today. Five key policy changes will be implemented in the coming weeks as part of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program Workforce Solutions Road Map to respond to the current labour and skills shortages in Canada.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 @ 10:44 AM

LSO licensing exam date change ‘undermines’ candidates’ mental health, competitiveness, student says Ryan Shah, University of Toronto

An open letter signed by over 500 law students has been sent to the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) requesting the regulator “provide lawyer licensing candidates the option to write the barrister and solicitor examinations according to the original schedule the LSO provided at the outset of the licensing process.” ... [read more]

Monday, April 11, 2022 @ 12:51 PM

Lunch and ‘recess’ are not for wimps | Rob De Toni

“Lunch is for wimps.” If you are into 1980s movies, you might recognize this line spoken by Gordon Gekko in Wall Street. Do you feel the same? How many days out of the year do you skip lunch or just eat at your desk while working? ... [read more]

Friday, April 08, 2022 @ 1:32 PM

Express Entry first quarter: Dramatic fall as IRCC tackles backlog | Colin Singer

Canada saw an Express Entry first quarter like none seen before in 2022, issuing the lowest number of Invitations to Apply (ITA) ever seen with not a single one going to a federal program candidate. ... [read more]

Friday, April 08, 2022 @ 8:45 AM

Law students: Not a minimum wage unless it’s mandatory | Ocean Enbar and Jenny Zhou

Law Society of Ontario (LSO) benchers are expected to vote on a mandatory minimum wage for April 28, 2022. This, however, is not the first time the issue is brought before Convocation for a vote. In 2018, Convocation approved a set of articling enhancements that included a mandatory minimum wage, following the Law Society of Ontario’s own thorough research and broad consultation within the profession. These enhancements were approved and set to be implemented by May 2021. Since 2018, students and employers have been anticipating and planning for the minimum wage to take effect. Now, despite Convocation’s prior approval, the enhancement’s implementation is uncertain. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 07, 2022 @ 11:48 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, April 07, 2022 @ 2:01 PM

LSO announces new dates for licensing exams, moves to in-person format

On April 7, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) announced changes to the timeline and location for “licensing examinations for lawyers and paralegals for the 2022-2023 licensing cycle,” moving the examinations from June to July. Law students took to social media to express their dismay and frustration over the announcement, highlighting accessibility and mental health issues. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 06, 2022 @ 11:55 AM

Where is my red carpet? | Neha Chugh

In March 2022, I was asked to speak at an Osgoode Hall Law School Criminal Law Society event, in conjunction with the Criminal Lawyers’ Association’s Recent Call committee. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 05, 2022 @ 1:25 PM

Canada’s immigration response to war in Ukraine Canadian and Ukraine flags overlapping

In 2012, Canada was the first western nation to recognize the independence of Ukraine. The relationship between the countries has remained close ever since. Ukrainian Canadians are our nation’s 11th largest ethnic group, and Canada is home to the third-largest population of Ukrainians around the world, behind only Russia and Ukraine itself. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 05, 2022 @ 9:16 AM

The coach: Law firm HR and the ‘Great Resignation’ | Gary Mitchell

HR is being turned upside down as one of the outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic. People were initially forced to work from home. And over the past two years, they have learned to embrace it. They want more time with their children. They are choosing to work less and live more. Have more quality of life. More work-life balance. People are retiring sooner. ... [read more]

Monday, April 04, 2022 @ 4:31 PM

Canada announces multiple expansions to Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Employment and Social Development Canada has announced an expansion to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program through what it calls the Workforce Solutions Road Map. ... [read more]