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Friday, November 03, 2017 @ 5:26 PM

SCC paves way for ‘standby’ pay for federal Crowns Ursula Hendel

The union for 2,600 federal lawyers now awaiting the results of their “binding conciliation” with Treasury Board has had a big boost from the Supreme Court for the union’s ongoing fight against Crowns being required to “stand by” for free to do emergency legal work. ... [read more]

Friday, November 03, 2017 @ 12:48 PM

Ottawa announces its groundbreaking multi-year immigration plan | Colin Singer

Canada plans to welcome 980,000 new immigrants over the next three years under an ambitious three-year immigration plan announced by the federal government on Nov. 1. Annual immigration levels could rise to as high as 360,000 by 2020 under the multi-year plan. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 @ 10:34 AM

Citizenship Act changes strike a good balance between the old and the new

The federal government has significantly reformed the legislation to make it easier for permanent residents to become citizens, among other changes — undoing some of the tougher rules put in place by the previous Conservative government. ... [read more]

Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 10:50 AM

CETA introduces new possibilities for European citizens to work in Canada Business immigrant

The agreement between Canada and the EU contains provisions governing the ability of Europeans to enter the country to work without a permit, as well as the possibility to obtain work permits that are exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment. Some provisions are similar to those in other free-trade agreements, while others are new. ... [read more]

Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:52 AM

Study shows refugee children at increased risk of injury, but who is responsible?

Many of these children may not only be subject to injury due to accidents, but they may also have suffered from torture and persecution in their country of origin. Lawyers representing them in personal injury cases must apply the 'thin skull versus crumbling skull' doctrine when demonstrating causality. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 2:07 PM

EXCLUSION (INADMISSIBLE PERSONS) - Grounds for inadmissibility - Criminality

Appeal by Tran from a judgment of the Federal Court of Appeal setting aside a decision granting the judicial review of a decision by the Minister to refer a report concerning Tran’s admissibility to the Immigration Division. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 12:57 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 5:10 PM

SCC says conditional sentences are not terms of ‘imprisonment’ leading to immigration deportation Aris Daghighian

In a judgment welcomed by immigration lawyers, but called “disappointing” on the administrative law front, the Supreme Court has ruled that permanent residents sentenced in Canada to conditional sentences cannot be deported for “serious criminality” under s. 36(1)(a) the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 9:29 AM

Media images influence Canadians' views on refugees at border | Maureen Silcoff

Poll results show that those who have been crossing at irregular borders from the U.S. don't have the same level of support as Syrian refugees, who came to Canada in large numbers in the past two years. But given the immigration situation south of the border, are the irregular crossers less deserving of a chance to prove their cases? ... [read more]

Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 6:59 AM

CBA urges feds to give more to provincial immigration, refugee services Barbara_Caruso_sm

Merely months after legal aid bodies in at least two provinces were brought to the brink of suspending their immigration and refugee services, the Canadian Bar Association is calling on the federal government to help — lest risk a possible breach of the Charter. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 2:16 PM

Sober second thought needed on proposal to raise immigration levels to 450,000 Immigrants

The Conference Board of Canada recommendation comes as the federal government is on the verge of deciding how many immigrants will be accepted over the next several years. While immigrants bring economic benefits to the country over the long term, any increase should be incremental and well managed. ... [read more]