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Friday, September 13, 2019 @ 11:04 AM

CBA announces funding for eight initiatives

The Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) Law for the Future Fund (LFFF) of eight initiatives involving everything from legal literacy to an examination of who in Canada is stateless, and why. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 @ 12:47 PM

Health, safety, vacation differences between U.S. and Canada employment laws Americanpills

This is the final installation in a three-part series about differences between American and Canadian employment laws. Part one addressed employment agreements; part two explained termination, payroll and overtime issues. ... [read more]

Friday, September 06, 2019 @ 12:58 PM

Federal Court okays IRB’s use of jurisprudential guides on facts but disapproves ‘statements of expectation’ Paul Crampton

In a decision expected to be appealed, the Federal Court has approved the use by the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) of “jurisprudential guides” containing factual determinations; however, the court also declared unlawful and inoperative accompanying “statements of expectation” that improperly fetter board members’ discretion to reach their own conclusions on matters of fact. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 05, 2019 @ 11:45 AM

SCC alumni’s role in legal controversies sparks new debate over ex-judges’ return to practice Amy Salyzyn

Is it in the public interest for former Supreme Court of Canada justices to be allowed to provide legal services to governments or other well-heeled clients facing public controversies that could arguably blow back on the reputations of the ex-judges’ former courts or otherwise harm public confidence in the judiciary? ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 03, 2019 @ 12:12 PM

B.C.’s Access Pro Bono holding free outdoor legal clinics

Starting on Sept. 4, 2019, Access Pro Bono will begin its 12th annual series of free outdoor legal advice clinics for low-income British Columbians. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 03, 2019 @ 10:35 AM

Immigration an explosive issue in coming election Federal Election 2019

The 2019 federal election is expected to take place on or before Oct. 21, 2019. Over the next three months, as the parties prepare their platforms and promises, immigration will be an agenda item on the campaign trail. Whether it is a debate about total immigration levels, the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA), or refugee backlogs, the parties have been jockeying for position and courting votes from Canadians, many of whom have immigrant backgrounds or deep and personal connections to the topic of immigration.   ... [read more]

Thursday, August 29, 2019 @ 8:32 AM

NATURALIZATION OR CITIZENSHIP - Application for grant of citizenship

Appeal by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration from the granting of the three-year-old respondent’s application for judicial review and declaration that the respondent was a citizen of Canada. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 @ 11:38 AM

Immigration implications of international surrogacy 2 dads with kids

Many Canadians turn to assisted human reproduction to help build their families, which can include surrogacy arrangements in foreign countries. However, Canadian immigration and citizenship laws have not kept up with current reality. As a result, Canadian parents of children born through surrogacy in a foreign jurisdiction may run into immigration challenges. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 @ 8:37 AM

Occupational classification: What is an accountant? two_doors_sm

The trade national (TN) occupational classification list under NAFTA’s Appendix 1603.D.1 was not reassessed when the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was negotiated. Defining what does and does not fall under various occupations within an ever-changing economic landscape is not easy. This is particularly true for financial and business positions within the related TN occupational classifications for economists and accountants. In part one of this two-part series, we discussed the classification of economist. In this article we tackle the classification of accountant. ... [read more]

Monday, August 26, 2019 @ 10:50 AM

‘Deeply problematic’ individual citizenship informs interpretation of Charter rights: law prof Sharry Aiken, Queen’s University Faculty of Law

The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled against a number of refugee claimants who argued an inability to be heard before a government appeal body violated their constitutional rights. ... [read more]