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Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 12:56 PM

Paralegals and access to justice | Grazia Condello paralegal_sm

Long before becoming a licensed paralegal, I began my career in 1998 as a law clerk in a law firm. Part of my role involved reviewing disclosure and going to the Law Library at 130 Queen St. in Toronto to research case law (before legal research was revolutionized by the Internet). ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 1:38 PM

Is SCC looking like SCOTUS?: The language in Fraser v. Canada supreme_court_question_sm

There’s something afoot in the Supreme Court of Canada. And it adds heavy fuel to the debate about the extent to which the court is becoming politicized. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 8:20 AM

Why lawyers should work with paralegals | Karen Heath paralegal_sm

Rewind about five years. I am three weeks post-call and about to test out my litigation chops for the first time in provincial offences court. I have a script. It’s in 24 font and averages about 30 words per page. It includes my name written out so I remember to say it on the record, H-E-A-T-H, first initial K. I kid you not. I clerked, you see, so my in-court appearances were nil compared to my firm-articled compatriots. And I am nervous. ... [read more]

Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 1:02 PM

The lawyer-paralegal relationship in B.C. | Jennifer Brun paralegal_sm

Lawyers and paralegals in British Columbia have been working together to provide client services for as long as there have been formal education programs for paralegals. This partnership brings together complementary skill sets, each founded through education, experiential training and ethical standards. Paralegals are defined by the BC Paralegal Association as those who “have legal training and knowledge of the substantive and procedural aspects of law and are capable of independent legal work, performed subject to the general supervision of a lawyer.” ... [read more]

Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 11:31 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 1:37 PM

Lawyers, law society, illusion of power, proposal for change paralegal image sm

There is unrest in the forest, there is trouble with the trees. ... [read more]

Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 9:25 AM

Ottawa to increase immigration for economic recovery Marco_Mendicino_sm

Canada’s government has tabled a plan to boost immigration levels over the next three years to counter a shortfall caused by travel restrictions thrown up due to COVID-19. On Oct. 30, federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino tabled the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan, which sets out a strategy to boost Canada’s immigration targets in the name of economic recovery. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 1:44 PM

International students: Failing to satisfy study permit conditions laptop_books_sm

International students who have failed to satisfy their study permit conditions have been deemed inadmissible to Canada in the past. Inadmissible to Canada means that a person is either ineligible for admission into Canada or if the person has already entered is subject to removal. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 1:38 PM

Popular misconceptions about court transcriptionists cassette

Authorized Court Transcriptionists (ACTs) hear a lot of things that make us either cringe or laugh about how we are perceived. We all need to laugh once in a while, even when it hurts, so here we go! ... [read more]

Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 1:09 PM

Federal Court of Appeal stays decision on safe third country agreement

The Federal Court of Appeal has agreed to a stay of a lower court decision which declared Canada’s safe third country agreement (STCA) on refugees to be unconstitutional. The agreement, which came into force in 2004, requires people seeking refugee status to make their claim in the first country in which they arrive. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 1:49 PM

U.S. immigration-dependent industries and visa suspensions denied_visa_sm

When it comes to the current state of U.S. immigration, the situation is complex. Historically, in a down economy, restrictions are placed on immigration in order to preserve U.S. jobs for American citizens. Currently, however, those restrictions are even more limiting because of policies put in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. To make matters even more complicated, we also have factors at play due to the upcoming U.S. presidential election, with actions being taken under the guise of further protecting U.S. jobs or bolstering the economy. ... [read more]