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Tuesday, December 03, 2019 @ 6:26 AM

DIVISION OF POWERS - Direct taxation within the province - Property and civil rights

Application by British Columbia to dismiss the action. ... [read more]

Monday, December 02, 2019 @ 11:33 AM

Gender diversity in legislative drafting act | Lawrence David

One never truly knows to where a simple cup of vanilla chai can possibly lead. Case in point: I went to an unnamed, yet well-known coffee shop around the block after a day of writing. Aside from placing my order, I had an incredibly insightful conversation with a barista. Their name is Jaclyn, and they are an exemplar of human warmth, decency and going above and beyond preparing a customer a cup of vanilla chai. Jaclyn inspired this column and I am privileged to dedicate it to them. ... [read more]

Monday, December 02, 2019 @ 8:11 AM

Impact of professional licences on TN applications graduate_diploma_sm

TN (trade national) status is a U.S. work permit available to Mexicans and Canadians who have credentials for and a job offer in one of 63 environmental professional classifications. It was created by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that provides temporary employment in the United States for approved Canadian and Mexican citizens. To qualify for a TN to work in most of these professions, a baccalaureate degree is a minimum requirement. However, licensure plays a part in a number of the classifications. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 @ 1:38 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal cuts sentence to prevent sex offender’s ‘almost certain’ deportation to Taiwan

Sentencing judges’ reasons should address the collateral immigration consequences of the penalties they impose, the Ontario Court of Appeal has underscored in a judgment which reduces from eight months to six-months-less-a-day, a sentence that “almost certainly” would have led to the deportation of a permanent resident who tried to buy sex from an underage girl. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 @ 8:53 AM

No need for Quebec’s Bill 21 in multi-religious society canadianflag_quebecflag_sm

Our previous article introduced Quebec’s recently passed Bill 21, An Act Respecting the Laicity of the State, the intention of which is to affirm the laicity, or secularity, of the state. Among other things, the Act is troubling in that it prohibits members of minority religious groups who wear religious symbols from holding significant positions of power in the Quebec government, such as minister of Justice and attorney general, director of criminal and penal prosecutions, government lawyers such as criminal and penal prosecuting attorneys, peace officers, and members of administrative tribunals and commissions such as the Public Service Commission, the Parole Commission, the Quebec Transportation Commission, and many others. It is problematic that members of religious minority communities who have historically been underrepresented in these positions of power are now excluded. ... [read more]

Monday, November 25, 2019 @ 8:48 AM

NEXUS: Stick to rules when travelling in fast lane start_line_sm

With air travel steadily increasing, trusted traveller programs offer members faster service through expedited clearance through security screening and dedicated customs and immigration lanes. The NEXUS program began as a pilot project in 2000. Due to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States, NEXUS applications were suspended while security measures were reviewed and implemented. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 21, 2019 @ 8:38 AM

Quebec’s Bill 21 restricts new Canadians’ freedom of religion canadianflag_quebecflag_sm

The government of Quebec recently passed Bill 21, An Act Respecting the Laicity of the State. The intention of Bill 21 is to affirm the laicity, or secularity, of the state. While laicity is an important principle, the principle has historic roots in secular opposition to a unified and powerful religious group wielding significant influence over government. In a multireligious society such as Canada in 2019, no one religious organization should wield power to such a degree that it threatens the secular nature of the state. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 @ 5:12 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, November 21, 2019 @ 10:55 AM

Lametti remains as federal Justice minister but other key Justice-related posts get new ministers David Lametti

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has left McGill University law professor David Lametti in place as federal Justice minister, but has promoted ex-federal prosecutor Marco Mendicino to minister of Immigration in the re-elected Liberal government’s expanded 37-member cabinet. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 @ 3:54 PM

Lawyers, keep cleaning your electronics before entering U.S., expert says Cyndee_Todgham_Cherniak_sm

Notwithstanding a United States court deeming the warrantless border searches of personal electronic devices to be unconstitutional, Canadian lawyers should continue scrubbing their smartphones, tablets and laptops before going stateside, says an expert. It was Nov. 13 a Federal Court in Boston ruled the suspicionless searches of international travellers’ personal devices violate the Fourth Amendment. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 @ 8:48 AM

Ontario changes immigration laws to tackle truck driver shortage truck_driver_sm

Earlier this year, the Ontario government introduced changes to the Ontario Immigration Act, 2015 that included a new immigration stream for transport truck drivers. Under this new stream, individuals intending to live in Ontario and work as transport truck drivers may now qualify to apply to the Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) for support in obtaining permanent residence status in Canada. This has been a welcome response to Canada’s long-haul truck driver shortage crisis. ... [read more]