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Thursday, August 01, 2019 @ 9:41 AM

CRA-IRS agreement over sharing banking information not Charter violation, Federal Court rules

A Federal Court ruling that dismissed a constitutional challenge of two Canadian laws that allow Canada to share with the United States banking information of U.S. citizens living in Canada is “insufficiently sensitive to Charter rights that are designed to protect a taxpayer’s fundamental privacy rights against unreasonable state action,” according to Queen’s University tax law professor Arthur Cockfield. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 01, 2019 @ 8:43 AM

International Experience Canada program: Best of both worlds world_youth_sm

For almost 70 years, work and travel exchange programs have encouraged and facilitated travel for Canadian and foreign youth. It originally began in 1951 as a reconciliatory cultural exchange between Canada and Germany following the end of the Second World War. It was formally implemented and expanded in 1967 to other partner countries and is known today as the International Experience Canada (IEC) program. ... [read more]

Monday, July 29, 2019 @ 8:53 AM

Access to justice in the refugee context refugee_wire_sm

Access to justice, particularly for the most vulnerable persons in society, is a key issue in policy debates in Canada. Refugees are persons who have fled from traumatizing circumstances and need the legal system to facilitate the establishment of their refugee claims. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 25, 2019 @ 8:08 AM

OFFENCES AND ENFORCEMENT - Human smuggling and trafficking

Appeals by the Crown from the acquittal of the respondents charged with human smuggling under s. 117 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and from a finding that s. 36 of the Mutual Legal Assistance Act (MLACMA) was unconstitutional. ... [read more]

Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 10:49 AM

U.S. doubling down on border filings scrutiny immigration_documents_sm

Prove it. That is what U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers say when a petition is filed at a port of entry to the U.S., and one of its law enforcement officers has to make a decision on whether an applicant or beneficiary qualifies for the U.S. status he seeks. This scrutiny only seems to be increasing year over year. ... [read more]

Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 9:46 AM

Access to Justice: Legal aid critically important part of justice system | Beverley McLachlin

This spring, the Ontario government announced drastic cuts to legal aid in Ontario. The Legal Aid Ontario budget was cut by almost 30 per cent and funding was eliminated for refugee and immigration cases. This meant deep cuts to clinics and services, striking hard at the province’s most vulnerable inhabitants. These cuts were felt especially strongly in the larger centres, including Toronto. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 @ 2:26 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 10:08 AM

LSO debate on Statement of Principles pushed back till September 11 Malcolm Mercer sm

The debate on the Statement of Principles (SOP), which was supposed to continue at a special Convocation in July, won’t be before the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) until September, The Lawyer’s Daily has learned. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 11, 2019 @ 11:52 AM - Last Updated: Monday, July 15, 2019 @ 1:06 PM

Upside to Legal Aid Ontario changes | Sam Goldstein

Changes to how Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) pays for bail hearings is an improvement to access to justice in Ontario. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 11, 2019 @ 10:47 AM

Quebec Court of Appeal judge nominated for SCC brings strong expertise in class actions, family, civil law Nicholas Kasirer

Quebec Court of Appeal Justice Nicholas Kasirer, the former McGill University law dean nominated July 10 for the Supreme Court of Canada, professes a passionate commitment to bijuralism; strong expertise in class actions, family and the civil law; and an approach to judicial lawmaking that encompasses both boldness and caution. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 11, 2019 @ 8:41 AM

EXTRADITION AND CRIMINAL MUTUAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE

Appeal by Viscomi from an order of committal for extradition and for judicial review of an order of surrender by the Minister of Justice. ... [read more]