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Tuesday, February 11, 2020 @ 8:43 AM

Stopping coronavirus: Precautions for business travellers coronavirus_stop_sm

For the past month, the world has been on alert after the identification of a novel coronavirus. Governments around the world have been taking action to stop the spread of the disease across international borders. However, the primary responsibility to ensure the containment of the virus falls to individual travellers themselves. There are a number of steps that should be taken by business travellers during this state of emergency to ensure that each is doing their part to protect the public health. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 05, 2020 @ 12:39 PM

Immigration of a virus: Protecting health of Canadians at the border coronavirus_magnified_sm

As fears surrounding the coronavirus continue to grow, many governments, including the U.S, Australia, New Zealand and Japan have issued travel bans against any foreign nationals that have recently travelled to China.There are a number of ways that the executive branch of Canada’s government could institute a similar travel ban. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 05, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

Robot justice: China’s use of Internet courts Robotscales

Would it scare you if I said that China has been doing this since 2017? In December 2019, China has announced that millions of legal cases are now being decided by “Internet courts” that do not require citizens to appear in court. The “smart court” includes non-human judges, powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and allows participants to register their cases online and resolve their matters via a digital court hearing. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 @ 8:20 AM

Access to Justice: Rise Legal Centre: Bridging the gap for women | Beverley McLachlin

Happy new year to all of you. I am pleased to use my first column of the new decade to begin a periodic series showcasing access to justice in action across Canada. This column is an important way to bring attention to critical issues and an opportunity to highlight the impact that so many of you are having in responding to the access to justice crisis. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 @ 11:28 AM

Ottawa reintroduces measures for CBSA/RCMP external review  Bill Blair

The Liberal federal government has introduced legislation to revamp the RCMP’s public complaints body to encompass external review of the conduct of federal customs agents. On Jan. 27, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair introduced Bill C-3 in the House of Commons — amendments to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act which propose to rename as the Public Complaints and Review Commission (PCRC) what is now the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 @ 8:30 AM

Why Rohingya genocide case is making history | Ashley Major

For the first time in history, a non-affected state has brought a claim against another state for alleged violations of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Genocide Convention). On Nov. 11, 2019, The Gambia instituted proceedings against Myanmar before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Supported by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, The Gambia alleged that Myanmar violated the Genocide Convention by carrying out mass killings, rapes and other forms of violence against the Rohingya since 2016 during its so-called “clearance operations.” While over 700,000 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh, over 600,000 remain in Myanmar. Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s leader, has denied all allegations of genocide. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 @ 6:23 AM

EXCLUSION - (Inadmissible persons) - Misrepresentation

Application by Zeng for judicial review of an immigration officer’s decision that the five-year inadmissibility period and prohibition applied. ... [read more]

Monday, January 27, 2020 @ 2:13 PM

A look ahead: Canada immigration in 2020 | Colin Singer

With a new federal immigration minister at its helm there are a number of noteworthy developments expected in 2020 by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). ... [read more]

Monday, January 27, 2020 @ 9:57 AM

Immigration bar offers pro bono legal help to families of air passengers shot down in Iran Ravi_Jain

Canadian immigration lawyers have mobilized once again to offer free legal services to people in dire need — this time to assist family members of the 86 Canadians and permanent residents who died Jan. 8 when Iranian missiles downed Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752. ... [read more]

Monday, January 27, 2020 @ 8:58 AM

IMMIGRANT - Application for immigrant visa - Duties and powers of officer

Application by Sarfaz for judicial review of a visa officer’s decision refusing his permanent residence application. ... [read more]