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Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 2:27 PM

Misguided cuts to Legal Aid Ontario’s funding | Shiva Bakhtiary

On June 7, Ottawa’s legal clinics and local lawyers joined to rally against the provincial budget cuts after the Ontario government announced, on April 11 that Legal Aid Ontario’s (LAO) annual funding will be reduced from $456 million to $323 million. This is a 29 per cent reduction in the amount of funding provided by the province. The province also plans to reduce its annual funding by another $31 million in 2021-2022. ... [read more]

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 12:43 PM

Carleton announces two new research chairs, renews two others

Two Carleton University professors, Robert Barsky and Robin Chhabra, have been announced as new Tier 1 and Tier 2 Canada research chairs (CRC) respectively, in addition to the renewal of Rowan Thomson, Canada research chair in radiotherapy physics, and Merlyna Lim, Canada research chair in digital media and Global Network Society. ... [read more]

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 12:27 PM

Ottawa appoints Smith as chief justice of N.S. Supreme Court

The federal Department of Justice on June 24 announced the appointment of Deborah K. Smith as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. ... [read more]

Friday, June 21, 2019 @ 2:32 PM

Downey commits to collaborative approach as Ontario’s new attorney general Exclusive

Lauded by former colleagues for his collegiality, Ontario’s new Attorney General Douglas Richard Downey plans to take a collaborative approach on new initiatives and lingering issues that dogged his predecessor, including one that drew a comment from Canada’s top judge. ... [read more]

Friday, June 21, 2019 @ 8:18 AM

U.S. looking for ways to reduce legal immigration visa_denied_sm

Immigration policy proposals under the current administration represent a continuing trend toward discouraging legal immigration to the United States. While current efforts to thwart illegal immigration dominate headlines, the opaque measures to reduce and frustrate legal immigration tend to fly under the radar. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 20, 2019 @ 8:44 AM - Last Updated: Friday, June 21, 2019 @ 8:34 AM

Ontario court slams CBSA’s ‘systemic’ illegal warrantless border searches, excludes child porn on phone Craig Penney

An Ontario provincial court judge has condemned the “serious, longstanding and systemic” practice of Canadian border officials illegally using their broad Customs Act powers to warrantlessly search digital devices for the sole purpose of conducting Criminal Code child pornography investigations. ... [read more]

Monday, June 17, 2019 @ 10:57 AM

Parent, grandparent sponsorship: managing intake, expectations grandparents_immigration_sm

The goal of family reunification is a noble and essential one, guiding the interpretation and application of Canadian immigration law. This goal is codified in s. 3(d) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, which states that one of the primary objectives of the Act is to see that “families are reunited in Canada.” ... [read more]

Monday, June 03, 2019 @ 8:46 AM

Habeas corpus and immigration detention: Review of the law immigration_jail_sm

This is the fourth and final article on the Supreme Court of Canada judgment in Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness) v. Chhina, 2019 SCC 29, rendered on May 10, 2019. Having identified the basis for Chhina’s application for habeas corpus, Justice Andromache Karakatsanis went on to review the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) detention scheme to determine if the scope of the review under the legislation included a review of the grounds raised by Chhina. She found at para. 59 that the detention review process established by IRPA was not as broad or advantageous as habeas corpus where an applicant alleges that their detention is unlawful because it is lengthy and of an uncertain duration for three reasons. ... [read more]

Friday, May 31, 2019 @ 9:05 AM

IRS moves its systems ahead 60 years Abstract tech

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the U.S. is bringing its IT systems into the 21st century, which is good news for American taxpayers and Canadians who must file U.S. returns. It is also good news for tax lawyers and tax accountants. ... [read more]

Friday, May 31, 2019 @ 8:47 AM

The business of cannabis: Key compliance for boards cannabis_warning_sm

The cannabis sector is emerging with extreme rapidity and sky-high valuations. Cannabis companies are being acquired at extremely early stages of their development, before they have gone through a typical business development cycle, and investors are racing to jump in. This creates a unique compliance environment for both counsel and boards to keep in mind. ... [read more]