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Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 2:53 PM

Canada seeks to increase immigration levels

The federal government announced plans on March 12 to increase the number of permanent residents admitted to Canada. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 1:03 PM

Corporate immigration compliance: Employee support as a benefit work_permit_sm

Our global marketplace means that more and more companies are seeking talent beyond the borders of their own business entity and without regard to nationality. The need to source talent across the world brings with it complexities for employers regarding compliance with local immigration and employment laws, as well as domestic organizations whose priority is the protection of the local labour market. In Canada, that concern principally lies with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC or Service Canada). In the U.S., those responsibilities are shared with the Department of Labor. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 11:40 AM

Seizure of counterfeit, pirated goods under IP chapter of U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement Counterfeit watches

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) creates necessary protections for intellectual property rights essential to innovation and economic growth. Customs officials now will have authority to “initiate border measures” against “suspected counterfeit trademark goods” — in other words, seize suspected counterfeit or pirated goods — that are imported, destined for export, in transit or admitted into or exiting from a free trade zone or a bonded warehouse.  ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 @ 12:38 PM

Powers of attorney for mobile clients: Other jurisdictions and Ontario suitcase_travel_sm

More thought and planning is needed to deal with incapacity issues in our increasingly mobile society, in particular powers of attorney for personal care and advance health directives. Without proper planning, should a person become incapable and live or have assets in other jurisdictions, they and their family could be subject to court proceedings to appoint a guardian or equivalent, which is intrusive, expensive and subject to ongoing court supervision. ... [read more]

Monday, March 09, 2020 @ 3:16 PM

Canada’s border guards not documenting device searches, says lawyer Cyndee_Todgham_Cherniak_sm

A recent statistic on the number of personal electronic devices being searched at Canada’s border is “understated” due to officers often failing to complete paperwork required for such inspections, says a lawyer. ... [read more]

Monday, March 09, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

Canada sets record for new immigrants in 2019 | Colin Singer

Canada admitted a modern-era record of more than 341,000 new permanent residents in 2019, new government data shows. The 341,180 immigrants welcomed last year was the second consecutive year Canada has admitted more than 300,000 immigrants. Before 2018, the last time Canada did that was 1912. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 05, 2020 @ 2:29 PM

Powers of attorney for mobile clients: Multijurisdictional incapacity planning suitcase_travel_sm

Because there is a lack of harmonization between many jurisdictions as to what effect a power of attorney prepared in one jurisdiction will have in another jurisdiction, in particular powers of attorney for personal care and advance health directives, more thought and planning is needed to deal with incapacity issues in our increasingly mobile society. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 05, 2020 @ 8:46 AM

Sedona Canada’s e-discovery initiatives: 2020 and beyond personal_information_security_sm

Sedona Canada is a very busy organization these days, with more projects underway in 2020 than at virtually any other time in the group’s history. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 04, 2020 @ 1:25 PM

Corporate immigration compliance: Managing risk work_permit_sm

In an increasingly global marketplace, Canadian companies of all sizes are becoming actively engaged in business in more than one country and are seeing the benefits of a cross-border business presence. Manufacturing, logistics, hospitality, specialty consulting firms, fintech, IT and many more industries are among those with operations in multiple jurisdictions. If economic predictors about the strength of our small and medium businesses in Canada are accurate, it won’t be at all surprising to see the cross-border approach to business becoming more popular in these markets. ... [read more]

Monday, March 02, 2020 @ 8:46 AM

The Russian dog theory of litigation: A fable | Barry Landy

Gentle readers, I propose to regale you with a fable. ... [read more]