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Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 3:24 PM

New Alberta immigration pathways aimed at encouraging international students to stay in province Alberta Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation Doug Schweitzer

Alberta has launched two new immigration pathways aimed at attracting investment and encouraging international graduates to start their businesses in the province, and it is also limiting the number and types of jobs available for temporary foreign workers (TFWs) aimed at providing more opportunities for unemployed Albertans. ... [read more]

Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 9:58 AM

Access to Justice Week events focused on creating more inclusive system | Julie Sobowale

October 26 marks the beginning of Access to Justice Week, held from Oct. 26 to Oct. 30, in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Each province will highlight the work of community justice organizations and pro bono organizations. Throughout the week a series of online national events will focus on educating the public, lawyers and community organizations on how to improve access to justice in their local communities.  ... [read more]

Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 11:28 AM

COVID-19’s impact on trucking industry: Part two covid_trucker_sm

As we discussed in our first article in this series, the Canadian trucking industry has had to adapt to the changing circumstances of COVID-19 in order to keep supply chains moving. This article continues our overview of some of the legal issues that this industry has faced and considerations in connection with the reopening of the economy. ... [read more]

Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 9:42 AM

Changes to citizenship oath would acknowledge Indigenous rights Marco_Mendicino_sm

A change to Canada’s oath of citizenship is once again being proposed to recognize the rights and roles of the country’s Indigenous population. In what would be another step towards reconciliation, federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino has introduced a bill to amend the Citizenship Act and add language to the oath that would refer to the treaty rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 22, 2020 @ 8:42 AM

COVID-19’s impact on trucking industry: Part one covid_trucker_sm

The Canadian trucking industry has had to adapt to the changing circumstances of COVID-19 in order to keep supply chains moving. This article serves as an overview of some of the legal issues that this industry has faced and considerations in connection with the reopening of the economy. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 @ 4:08 PM

Civil liberties group to appeal border ban ruling in Newfoundland and Labrador Cara_Zwibel_sm

Canada’s civil rights watchdog is appealing a Newfoundland court’s ruling that the province was right to close its borders to non-essential entry in light of the COVID-19 health crisis. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 @ 8:31 AM

New open work permit for vulnerable foreign workers fighting_back_sm

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recognized that the time and effort required to secure a work permit creates unique challenges for some temporary foreign workers, including instances in which temporary foreign workers feel forced to endure misconduct and abuse. In response, IRCC has introduced the Open Work Permit for Vulnerable Workers program, which is aimed at providing temporary foreign workers with distinctive means to leave an abusive employer and/or work environment and to secure alternate employment expediently. ... [read more]

Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 1:20 PM

Canada relaxes restrictions on extended family members, international students Canada_immigration_approved_sm

When COVID-19 was first declared a global pandemic, the Canadian government immediately introduced very strict restrictions on travel to Canada. Almost all travellers were prohibited from entering Canada under these restrictions unless they qualified for a small number of narrow exemptions. At the time, little was known about the virus, how to effectively slow its spread, and the economic and social repercussions it would eventually bring about. ... [read more]

Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 12:32 PM

Juries: Trick or treat? | Marcel Strigberger

Juries first scared me at the age of 9. How? I grew up in Montreal, the son of immigrants from Belgium. One day my late father, a humble tailor, received a letter with an impressive-looking logo of the scales of justice. My dad, whose literary skills did not approximate his ability to alter a fine pair of trousers, asked me to read and translate it. I noticed the word “jury,” whatever that meant. I suspected it had nothing to do with hockey. ... [read more]

Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 9:47 AM

Legal aid agreement reached with Quebec government Mylene_Lemieux

After three years of negotiations, the Quebec government and the provincial bar association reached an agreement to raise legal fees and to establish an independent working group that will conduct an exhaustive review of the tariff structure. The agreement, widely perceived to be a “step in the right direction” by the Quebec legal community, calls for a five per cent retroactive increase in legal aid fees for the period of October 2017 to May 2019, and a 14.7 per cent increase in fees from June 2019 to September 2022. ... [read more]