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Thursday, November 14, 2019 @ 9:20 AM

B.C. legal clinic funding aimed at improving access to justice Josh Paterson, Law Foundation of British Columbia

The government of B.C. is committing $2 million to fully fund eight legal clinics across the province, money which will be dedicated to enhancing access for people on issues of poverty law, disability, tenancy and immigration. Each clinic will receive a grant of up to $250,000 to hire lawyers and other staff such as legal assistants or paralegals. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 @ 11:15 AM

Farm to table to permanent residence farm_workers_sm

Canada’s agri-food industry encompasses all of the activities required to put food on the tables of Canadians. From feed to farming to foodservice work, it contributes over $110 billion to the country’s GDP and employs over 2.3 million people nationwide. Of these 2.3 million, tens of thousands are temporary foreign workers employed in many of the most unsavoury agricultural and food processing occupations, jobs that Canadians are increasingly unwilling to do. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 05, 2019 @ 2:07 PM

Quebec, Ottawa applaud Justice Kasirer, province’s new role in nominating Quebec SCC judges Chief Justice of Quebec Nicole Duval Hesler with Supreme Court of Canada Justice Nicholas Kasirer

The Supreme Court of Canada saw a rare display of federal-provincial unanimity Nov. 4 as the attorneys general of Canada and Quebec jointly hailed the top court’s newest judge and the province’s beefed-up role in the reformed process that culminated in Justice Nicholas Kasirer’s nomination. “The nomination of Justice Kasirer to the court is historic,” Attorney General of Canada David Lametti said of the new process during the welcoming ceremony in the Supreme Court’s courtroom which was packed with Justice Kasirer’s family and friends, along with many legal lights from the bar and bench in Quebec and across Canada. ... [read more]

Monday, November 04, 2019 @ 12:48 PM

McLachlin on A2J, climate change, sexual assault, AI, pro bono, lawyers’ ‘vital’ role Beverley McLachlin

The Charter may offer an avenue for combating climate change, former Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin says as climate litigation ramps up here and in the rest of the world. “I think the main obligation, constitutionally, for tackling this major problem rests with the federal government and the provinces — but courts are part of the picture because the [Charter s. 7] right to life, liberty and security of the person is something that all of us are entitled to, and climate change may tie into that,” Canada’s former top judge suggested in a wide-ranging LexisNexis Canada webinar on access to justice Oct. 10. ... [read more]

Friday, November 01, 2019 @ 9:24 AM

Time for Supreme Court to revisit issue of rights for non-citizens, lawyers say Lorne Waldman

The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled the Charter did not apply when looking at the cases of two permanent residents who were ordered to be deported due to their criminal history, a decision that may find itself before the Supreme Court as legal experts are saying it is time to take a fresh look at the constitutional rights of non-citizens. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 12:20 PM

Clément Gascon reflects on 5 years at SCC; says access to justice ‘huge challenge’ for bar, bench TLD Exclusive

Lawyers could face mandatory pro bono obligations if they don’t rise to the “huge challenge” of facilitating civil access to justice for Canadians who can’t afford their services, newly retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Clément Gascon tells The Lawyer’s Daily. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 10:27 AM

B.C. adds regional pilot to entrepreneur immigration programs | Colin Singer

British Columbia’s Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot (EIRP) aims to attract experience and motivated international entrepreneurs to establish businesses in smaller communities and help contribute to its specific labour needs.These smaller communities, with populations under 75,000, are facing some of the more acute issues with aging populations and shrinking labour markets. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 24, 2019 @ 8:35 AM

A sledgehammer solution to ‘birth tourism’ birth_tourism_sm

At the Conservative Party convention in Halifax last August, party leader Andrew Scheer released a statement confirming that curbing “birth tourism” would be among the objectives of the Conservative policy, after Conservative party members voted to fully end the practice of birthright citizenship in Canada, unless one parent is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 9:22 AM

Federal decision lifts discipline restriction on not-for-profits compliance_list_sm

On July 30, 2019, the Federal Court released its decision in Watto v. Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council 2019 FC 1024, holding that s. 158 of the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (CNCA) does not restrict the power to discipline a member or to terminate their membership to only “the directors, the members or any committee of directors or members of a corporation.” This case was one of numerous court proceedings initiated by a disaffected member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), which is a federal not-for-profit corporation incorporated under the CNCA. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 9:05 AM

SCC’s Gascon encourages lawyers and judges to talk openly about anxiety, depression Exclusive

Judges of the Supreme Court of Canada are legal icons, so it’s easy to forget that they are human beings and struggle with the same afflictions as the rest of us. That’s why retired Justice Clément Gascon’s decision to reveal that he lives with anxiety and depression has been so salutary for the legal profession’s awareness of, and efforts to destigmatize, the mental health challenges so many lawyers and judges face. ... [read more]