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Wednesday, October 14, 2020 @ 2:10 PM

We’re moving to Canada: Leaving assets abroad worldwide_assets_sm

A few weeks ago, Google reported an increase in the number of searches on how to apply for Canadian residency and citizenship. Surprisingly, these numbers may not just be from our friends south of the border. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 @ 12:46 PM

Immigration ruling on gay-straight relationship reflects influence of family law, says lawyer Kelly Jordan sm

A trailblazing Federal Court of Canada immigration-sponsorship decision that ruled that a gay man and a heterosexual woman are in a conjugal relationship reflects the growing interplay between immigration and family law, says a Toronto family lawyer. ... [read more]

Friday, October 09, 2020 @ 8:47 AM

What to do about sharp rise in self-represented litigants legal_headache_sm

Increased funding for legal aid to help with the dilemma of self-represented litigants (SRLs) isn’t in the cards — at least not anytime soon. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 08, 2020 @ 1:53 PM

Avoiding the tax bill on U.S. securities american_money_flying_sm

In order to provide clients with a well-rounded estate plan, it is critical to review a client’s statement of net worth, including the location of all assets. When stepping outside the Canadian border, different succession laws and tax regimes apply. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 06, 2020 @ 12:21 PM

Techniques for making video trials fair videotrial1.jpg

As we enter the second wave in Ontario it is clear that COVID-19 has completely disrupted the way we administer criminal justice. The courts have been forced to embrace video technologies that have, quite embarrassingly, been used in other professions for decades. ... [read more]

Monday, October 05, 2020 @ 3:22 PM

‘What do you mean I can’t get transcripts?’ cassette

Imagine you have just completed a 14-day trial by Zoom on behalf of your client. You did a bang-up job of presenting your case and an even better job of exposing the flaws in opposing counsel’s evidence. Nonetheless, the judge ruled against you. Never mind, that’s what appeals are for. Right? ... [read more]

Thursday, October 01, 2020 @ 12:27 PM

What Snowbirds decision reveals about Canadian health care traveller

Doug Ford’s losing streak in the Ontario courts continues, with the decision in Canadian Snowbirds Assn. Inc. v. Ontario (Attorney General) [2020] O.J. No. 4036, released on Sept. 25. The Divisional Court ordered the Ontario government to restore health insurance coverage for people who face medical emergencies while travelling outside of Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 @ 8:48 AM

How U.S. immigration became politicized liberty_U.S._sm

From the moment the U.S. opened its first immigration station on Ellis Island in 1892, many U.S. citizens have prided the country on being a “melting pot,” where immigrants from many different backgrounds have together shaped a homogenous definition of what it means to be American. However, that idealistic view isn’t one that is shared by all. In fact, there has always been a politicization of immigration in the U.S., as well as a demonization of it, that isn’t quite as prevalent in other countries. ... [read more]

Monday, September 28, 2020 @ 11:44 AM

A personal reflection on Ruth Bader Ginsburg | Beverley McLachlin

It is autumn. I am in the Gatineau Hills north of Ottawa. The leaves are red and gold, and the views spectacular. The occasion is lunch in a country restaurant called Les Fougères. Across the table sits John Roberts, chief justice of the United States. To my left is a small woman with dark, pulled-back hair and an intense gaze — Ruth Bader Ginsburg. ... [read more]

Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 2:48 PM

Reporting requirements for U.S. citizens living in Canada U.S. dollar with magnifying glass

If you are one of the one million Canadian residents with U.S. citizenship, you are likely familiar with the tax obligations involving the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). But do you know about reporting requirements for U.S. citizens living in Canada? Or U.S. citizens living anywhere for that matter, even if it has nothing to do with taxes? ... [read more]