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Monday, May 04, 2020 @ 8:42 AM

COVID-19 and immigration law: Difficulties and opportunities COVID_stop_sm

With the world in isolation, perhaps no legal sphere is as acutely affected as the transnational practice of immigration law. Our field is dependent on the free movement of workers, family members, visitors and students across borders, to which the pandemic is anathema. ... [read more]

Friday, May 01, 2020 @ 10:44 AM

Employment sector Trudeau forgot Dadworkingfromhome

The federal and provincial governments have introduced various new assistance programs aimed at helping employers and employees sustain their businesses and at improving our economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs are critical to surviving the pandemic. Some of the most popular and valuable programs include: ... [read more]

Thursday, April 30, 2020 @ 3:19 PM

Federal Court extends suspension of normal hearings, expands availability of virtual proceedings

As a result of COVID-19, the Federal Court is extending to June 29 the suspension of its hearings (subject to exceptions) while expanding the range of matters that it is prepared to address in the meantime by telephone, videoconference, or in writing. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 30, 2020 @ 12:45 PM

Performance or policy: Late-night tweet on the invisible enemy | Kelly Goldthorpe

“In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!” — @realDonaldTrump at 10:06 p.m. April 20, 2020. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 @ 3:54 PM

CBA launches national task force to help with plans to reopen and improve justice system Vivene Salmon

Canadian Bar Association (CBA) president Vivene Salmon is chairing a new blue-ribbon national task force that will make recommendations for improving, and eventually gearing up, the justice system that has almost ground to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 @ 8:42 AM

Is technology helping or hurting U.S. immigration? immigration_technology_sm

Technology has never been more critical to business and process continuity than it is today in the current COVID-19 “self-isolation” environment. There is large-scale debate over not only how technology can be used to streamline processes, but also how to use technology to effectively communicate information. This was on full display last week, as U.S President Donald Trump caused tremors within immigrant and non-immigrant communities alike by publishing a late-night tweet promising to “temporarily suspend immigration to the United States” by executive order. ... [read more]

Monday, April 27, 2020 @ 10:14 AM


Appeal by Duong from a committal order for extradition to Germany. The appellant, a Canadian citizen, was charged with cultivation of marihuana in Germany. ... [read more]

Monday, April 27, 2020 @ 8:41 AM

Wellness: My post-COVID hopes for the profession | Darryl Singer

Our profession has and will continue to suffer as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis. From small boutique firms to large national firms, many have been forced to lay off staff, take on additional debt and forgo partner draws. Solo practitioners, particularly those whose income is dependent on Legal Aid or working clientele and a fully operational court system, have had much of their work dry up. ... [read more]

Friday, April 24, 2020 @ 2:25 PM

League of heroes, revisited | Marcel Strigberger

“Love levels all ranks” uttered Sir Joseph Porter in Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore. He made that remark while courting the daughter of the good ship’s captain, whose station in British society was way south of his own. Given the current COVID-19 situation, I will say a good pandemic levels all ranks. We have new heroes on the block. ... [read more]

Friday, April 24, 2020 @ 8:44 AM

The Charter, freedom and a drugstore | Brian Bird and Derek Ross

Last Friday, April 17, was the 38th birthday of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Charter’s adoption in 1982 was a transformative moment for Canada. In that regard, another important anniversary occurs Friday April 24 — the 35th birthday of R v. Big M Drug Mart Ltd. [1985] 1 S.C.R. 295 the first decision of the court to interpret one of the Charter’s “fundamental freedoms.” ... [read more]