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Tuesday, March 09, 2021 @ 1:35 PM

Ontario anti-human trafficking legislation could victimize sex workers, say critics Sandra Ka Hon Chu, a lawyer and director of research and advocacy for the Toronto-based HIV Legal Network

Advocates for sex workers are expressing concern that recently announced legislation in Ontario geared to fighting human trafficking will victimize consensual sex workers. Bill 251, the Combating Human Trafficking Act, 2021, is currently being debated in the legislature and is expected to be passed by the provincial government later this month, building on a five-year, $307-million anti-human trafficking strategy it announced in March 2020. ... [read more]

Monday, March 08, 2021 @ 12:50 PM

The different immigration experiences of women and men Five ethnically different women

Women and men move from different parts of the world to start a new life in Canada all the time. But the immigration experiences of women and men differ in terms of how they apply and what their settlement trajectory looks like. It is therefore important to understand how gender interacts with immigration and understand that gender can affect type of migration, access to services and economic integration. Failure to address these differences can perpetuate inequality and exacerbate the risks and vulnerabilities that immigrant women face. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 12:27 PM

Does a judge’s physical location matter? Two stick figures conferring online

In the past weeks, there have been suggestions that judges of both the Ontario Superior Court and the Ontario Court of Justice have been hearing matters while outside the country. This is causing great debate about whether this should be allowed and whether it even can be allowed. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 9:15 AM

Agenda offers ‘roadmap to action’ on revamping justice system in British Columbia: bar association CBABC president Jennifer Brun

Despite the watershed (and much-needed) change foisted on the justice sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC) says much more needs to be done to improve access to the system. It has now set out a plan of action for the province to achieve that goal. The CBABC’s Agenda for Justice 2021 offers more than 40 recommendations in 22 key areas and essentially runs the gamut of the entire justice system, from legal aid to court modernization to contracts. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 03, 2021 @ 2:01 PM

In defence of B.C.’s pronoun practice directives | Brad Regehr and Jennifer Brun

The rights of transgender and non-binary persons to equality and dignity are not open to debate — they are a matter of law. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 03, 2021 @ 10:11 AM

Newcomers need smart planning to manage non-resident real estate taxes House on top of money

Southern Ontario has one of the hottest and most reliable real estate markets in the world, but non-residents who seek to invest face a special tax that can be a barrier. It takes smart planning for prospective investors to manage this barrier. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 03, 2021 @ 8:37 AM

Biden’s immigration bill: What it says, where it stands Open door in a U.S. flag

President Joe Biden’s sweeping immigration bill — known as the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 — was formally introduced in the House on Feb. 18, 2021, by Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) and in the Senate on Feb. 22, 2021, by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.). The legislation calls for broad immigration reform, including an eight-year pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants, an increase in the number of available visas and greater protections for participants of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, known as “Dreamers.” According to White House officials, the expansive bill was designed to “[establish] a new system to responsibly manage and secure our border, keep our families and communities safe, and better manage migration across the Hemisphere.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 02, 2021 @ 9:18 AM

Time to study ‘very serious’ issue of secret evidence use in court, senator says Sen. Marc Gold

A Canadian senator is saying it is overdue for policymakers to look at the rules surrounding the use and disclosure of secret evidence gathered by intelligence agencies like the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) in court. ... [read more]

Monday, March 01, 2021 @ 1:20 PM

Black history month: Going beyond statements of support | Charlene Theodore

The Ontario Bar Association’s Black History Month campaign, #StandingOnTheShouldersOfGiants, celebrated the Black lawyers who paved pathways — those tireless champions who have for decades fought the never-ending and often lonely fight for equality and inclusion in the profession. It is on their shoulders I stand as the first Black president of the OBA. I thank them and I am proud to say that their legacy is reflected in the work and the diversity of our members.    ... [read more]

Monday, March 01, 2021 @ 9:37 AM

OFFENCES AND ENFORCEMENT - Contravention of legislation - Prosecution of offences

Appeal by the accused from convictions for providing advice or representation for consideration, contrary to s. 91(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, (IRPA) and knowingly counselling a person to make a misrepresentation in relation to matters relevant to the administration of the IRPA, contrary to s. 126. ... [read more]