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Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

From autonomous cars to smartphone zombies, analysis and opinion highlights of 2018

Here are 16 memorable and outstanding stories from 2018, as selected by The Lawyer's Daily Analysis Editors Richard Skinulis and Peter Carter. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 20, 2018 @ 9:22 AM

Immigration with the stars: So you think you can work? immigration_stars_sm

Any foreign worker, regardless of the number of awards and accolades and appearances on magazine covers requires work authorization if they want to work in Canada’s performing arts, film and television industry. Actors, artists, technicians and similar workers in film, television, theatre and radio require work authorization. Yes, this even includes Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep and Steven Spielberg, although Ryan Gosling, Sandra Oh and Jean-Marc Vallee do not require authorization as they are Canadian citizens. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 @ 2:48 PM

Access to Justice: Next year a big one for Action Committee | Thomas Cromwell and Beverley McLachlin

There are big transitions occurring at the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters. Former chief justice Beverley McLachlin has this month assumed the chair of the committee which she had convened a decade ago. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 @ 9:14 AM

The Chhina case: Charter rights and non-citizens immigration_detention_sm

Immigration detainees’ access to the writ of habeas corpus has been a hot topic in immigration and refugee law since the Ontario Court of Appeal released its groundbreaking 2015 decision, Chaudhary v. Canada 2015 ONCA 700. ... [read more]

Monday, December 17, 2018 @ 9:44 AM

Stiff penalties for foreign worker non-compliance foreign_workers_sm

Each year, thousands of temporary foreign workers arrive in Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the International Mobility Program (IMP). The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) involves a process where employers must first obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) before the foreign worker may apply for a work permit issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The LMIA involves testing the local labour market and analysing regional labour trends and shortages. All work permits under this program are subject to the compliance regime. ... [read more]

Monday, December 17, 2018 @ 9:18 AM

Canada’s 2019-2021 immigration levels aiming for record | Colin Singer

Canada’s latest three-year immigration levels plan shows how the federal government is embracing managed increases in raising its annual immigration numbers. It will reach a modern-day record 350,000 new immigrants by 2021, with most of the increase weighted toward the economic stream. ... [read more]

Monday, December 10, 2018 @ 8:48 AM

Cannabis and the ongoing risks at the border

October 2018 was an exciting time in Canada’s history. As only the second country in the world (and by far the largest) to legalize the recreational use of cannabis, the buzz has been seemingly unending about the personal freedom and business opportunities this move provides to Canadians. However, it is important to realize that real risks still exist for both business people and individuals crossing the border into the U.S., with cannabis remaining on Schedule 1 of the U.S. Controlled Substances Act — which classifies drugs, substances and certain chemicals used to make drugs into five categories/schedules depending upon the drug’s acceptable medical use and the drug’s abuse or dependency potential in the U.S. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 05, 2018 @ 2:23 PM

Toronto virtual law firm expands practice areas

ClearWay Law has expanded its family and immigration law firm to include wills, estates and commercial law, CEO Alistair Vigier announced on Dec. 4. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 05, 2018 @ 11:38 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, December 05, 2018 @ 5:22 PM

Ex-SCC judge who co-wrote Dunsmuir weighs in as counsel as top court revisits Dunsmuir’s standard of review

Ex-Supreme Court of Canada Justice Michel Bastarache’s participation as a counsel in three appeals the top court is using to revisit one of his most famous judgments, Dunsmuir v. New Brunswick, has renewed debate about what ex-judges can do when they return to legal practice. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 04, 2018 @ 11:26 AM

The Preclearance Act, 2016: big implications for non-Canadians

Since the Preclearance Act, 2016, S.C. 2017, c. 27, was first introduced in the House of Commons as Bill C-23 in June 2016, there has been much controversy over the broad powers given to U.S. border officers, the wide scope of offences under the Act and its potential impact on Canadians. ... [read more]