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Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 8:32 AM

Taking a hit: Marijuana risks at the U.S. border marijuana_border_sm

Marijuana use does not carry the same stigma that it used to in North America — or at least, not with some. Unfortunately, Canadians and other foreigners entering or living within the U.S. still face significant potential consequences if they admit to having ever possessed marijuana, even if they did so where it was legal based on local laws. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 7:12 AM

Judge ‘shocked’ by JDR room full of ‘very large dark men’ does ‘not harbour racist views’: federal judicial council Justice Kristine Eidsvik

An Alberta judge who publicly expressed her “shock” in unexpectedly encountering a judicial dispute resolution room “full of very large dark men” does “not harbour racist views” the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) states in a decision that critics say fails to adequately address or acknowledge unconscious and systemic racial bias on the federal bench. ... [read more]

Monday, April 09, 2018 @ 11:32 AM

Updated: U.S. tax law reform means Canada has lost ‘competitive advantage’: experts Veronika Chang

The U.S. Congress made the biggest change to the American tax system in 30 years last December, the reverberations of which are still being felt across the country. And although individual Canadians will not be affected at nearly the same level, there are still aspects of the plan people residing inside Canadian borders should be aware of. ... [read more]

Friday, April 06, 2018 @ 8:51 AM

The miracle of a 10-day labour market impact assessment approval fast_track_sm

As corporate immigration lawyers know, the Temporary Foreign Worker (“TFW”) Program and the Labour Market Impact Assessment process (“LMIA”) has a reputation for lacking transparency in the decision-making process due to the absence of clear policy. Yet sometimes when no other options are available, the LMIA can be just exactly what is needed to get the job done. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 29, 2018 @ 9:02 AM

Second-generation Canadian immigrants outearn their parents | Colin Singer

Second-generation Canadian immigrants have higher income levels than their parents, according to a new study based on the 2016 census. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 @ 12:17 PM

E-discovery tool wins Ryerson’s Artificial Intelligence Legal Challenge  Chris Bentley, Puneet Tiwari, Nilesh Pandey, Steve Huang, Paul Suk, Dennis Ye, Lynn Norris, Hersh Perlis

Evichat, an e-discovery tool that reviews mobile and social media communications, has won the Artificial Intelligence Legal Challenge, beating out five other startups for the first place prize of $40,000 in seed money. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 9:07 AM

How E visas help Canadian companies expand into the U.S. american_visa_sm

A Canadian company that has expanded or plans to expand into the U.S. should consider the E visa as a vehicle for movement of workers. There are two types of E visa, the E-1 Treaty Trader and E-2 Treaty Investor. Both are available under the North American Free Trade Agreement. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 9:07 AM

IRS to end Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program tax_disclosure_sm

On March 13, 2018,  the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced it will begin to “ramp down” the 2014 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) and close it Sept. 28. ... [read more]

Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 9:29 AM

Judge who sexually harassed court staffer quietly quit; unlike the U.S., #MeToo hasn’t hit Canadian judiciary TLD Exclusive

A superior court judge who subjected a court staffer to sexualized contact in the workplace quietly resigned after a Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) investigation, without the judicial disciplinary body publicly disclosing his actions until now. ... [read more]

Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 8:59 AM

Guidelines: A benchmark for the conduct of refugee board members refugee_board_sm

As a human rights tribunal, the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) bears a heavy burden. The IRB’s Code of Conduct for board members indicates that they must “conduct hearings in a courteous and respectful manner while ensuring that the proceedings are fair, orderly and efficient” and “are expected to approach each case with an open mind and, at all times, and must be seen to be, impartial and objective”. Sometimes, members fall short of these standards. ... [read more]