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Thursday, March 17, 2022 @ 4:11 PM

Canada opens speedier, no-fee ‘temporary residence’ route for people fleeing Ukraine Sean Fraser

Canada announced March 17 that it has launched its new Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) — a speedier and no application-fee route to temporary residence in Canada for Ukrainians seeking safe haven from Russia’s ongoing war, but who wish to return to their homeland when it is safe to do so. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 @ 1:23 PM

The move back to live courts: What’s the rush? | Gary Joseph

I have never written to be popular. Those of you who know me can confirm that I say what I think and accept the consequences. So here goes. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 @ 1:28 PM

Is our immigration system helping Ukrainians flee their country? Ukerainian flag behind barbed wire

On Feb. 24, Russia began a military invasion of Ukraine. Over 2.5 million Ukrainians have fled their country in about two weeks. The government of Canada has introduced immigration measures to help people affected by the situation in that country. This article will examine whether the immigration measures introduced are effective in assisting Ukrainians to flee Ukraine. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 @ 6:36 AM

IMMIGRANTS - Natural justice - Judicial review (incl. jurisdiction of court)

Application by Singh for judicial review of decision of officer of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) refusing Applicant’s permanent residency application under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Class. The Officer determined that the Applicant failed to provide all relevant evidence and documentation related to his criminal charge for sexual assault. ... [read more]

Monday, March 14, 2022 @ 12:51 PM

Why aren’t Afghans, others included in special immigration measures for Ukrainians | Maureen Silcoff

Luckily for my family, there was no such thing as biometrics and e-mail applications when my grandparents fled Eastern Europe for Canada. If those existed, they’d likely have perished. ... [read more]

Monday, March 14, 2022 @ 10:24 AM

LSO announces rescheduled in-person bar exams set for April in Toronto Diana Miles, LSO CEO

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has announced new dates for the recently cancelled barrister and solicitor examinations. According to a press release, issued March 12, “registered candidates will now be able to proceed with writing the barrister examination from April 5 to 8 and the solicitor examination from April 26 to 29.” Online exams that were originally scheduled to be written in March were cancelled because the LSO received information that “strongly indicates that examination content has been improperly accessed by some candidates, compromising the integrity of the upcoming examination period.” ... [read more]

Monday, March 14, 2022 @ 8:49 AM

The Coach: The COVID-19 law firm goes virtual | Gary Mitchell

As I wrote in the preface of my latest book, Growing a Law Practice during Covid-19: “Just a short while ago the concept of allowing lawyers and support staff to work from home seemed like a pipe dream. It could never work. The sky would fall. Nothing would get done. And then along came Covid-19 and kicked the world and the legal industry in the ass! And the sky didn’t fall. And the work got done!” ... [read more]

Friday, March 11, 2022 @ 11:26 AM

Ottawa announces new Russia sanctions, $117 million to speed Ukrainian resettlement in Canada Justin Trudeau

Adding to the long list of sanctions for Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced further restrictions that affect 32 entities working in Russia's defence sector, as well as high-profile Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich and four other current or former Russian senior officials and associates of the Russian regime who Canada says are complicit in President Vladimir Putin’s choice to invade Ukraine. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 09, 2022 @ 3:00 PM

College of Immigration and Citizenship Consults selects board members

The federal Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship has announced that the following will serve as appointed directors on the transitional board of directors of the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (the College): ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 09, 2022 @ 9:24 AM

Canada needs policy on digital transnational repression, Citizen Lab counsel says Siena Anstis, Citizen Lab

As the federal government opens Canada’s doors to refugees fleeing authoritarian regimes, Citizen Lab, a multidisciplinary lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, has issued a report warning of the harms caused by digital transnational repression. The report emphasizes the “global chilling of political and social speech and activity” that can happen when people are targeted by their country of origin. ... [read more]