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Thursday, November 26, 2020 @ 1:49 PM

Canada immigration and COVID-19 during 2020: Part one | Colin Singer

The coronavirus pandemic has severely disrupted the Canada immigration system since restrictions were first introduced in March 2020. Canada’s federal government reacted by restricting international travel and closing the Canada-U.S. border, with most of the measures taken still in place eight months later and likely to remain into 2021. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 26, 2020 @ 8:35 AM

Rule of law in era of virtual hearings: Doing justice? | Joseph Groia

Like the rest of the world, the legal profession has spent the last eight months isolating or socially distancing and implementing countless other changes. As a result, the way in which the legal system operates has undergone a significant shift. A fundamental part of this shift, and the main subject of this small note, is the move to videoconferencing technology, such as Zoom or WebEx, now widely used as a substitute for in-person meetings. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 @ 8:48 AM

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The legal industry lacks diversity. The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion has indicated that since 2014, the number of women and racialized lawyers becomes greatly reduced in partner and senior leader roles in our industry. Yet in many instances it is senior members of the legal profession who act as advocates and ultimate decision makers for the lives of a very diverse populace. The legal profession may thus be incapable of accounting for post-colonial trauma that emerges for many individuals by virtue of merely being in a courtroom. ... [read more]

Monday, November 23, 2020 @ 1:32 PM

Access to Justice: Will COVID-19 justice become the norm? | Beverley McLachlin

I am an optimist. In previous columns I have expressed the hope that COVID-19 will reveal the inefficiencies and gaps in how we deliver justice to Canadians and allow us to build a better justice system that combines the strengths of the current system with new thinking on how to run our justice institutions more efficiently and humanely. ... [read more]

Monday, November 23, 2020 @ 9:34 AM

IRB’s factual jurisprudential guides didn’t overstep mark: Federal Court of Appeal Lorne Waldman

The Federal Court of Appeal has reinforced the power of the Immigration and Refugee Board’s (IRB) chairperson to formulate jurisprudential guides (JGs) containing factual determinations even as it urged caution about their use. ... [read more]

Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 12:57 PM

Politicization of senior appointments alarms Tribunal Watch Ontario | Gary Yee and Raj Anand

Tribunal Watch Ontario is alarmed by the recent series of Ontario cabinet appointments to senior leadership positions at Tribunals Ontario, the newly created cluster of 14 justice tribunals. Conservative party connections appear stronger than qualifications in some cases. Tribunal Watch Ontario (a public interest organization with a mission to promote tribunal independence and access to justice) calls for an independent review of the appointments and reappointments processes for Ontario tribunals. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 19, 2020 @ 8:38 AM

Residents of Hong Kong receive new immigration pathways hong_kong_immigration

Canada’s ongoing need for immigrants, together with sympathy for the abrogation of rule of law in Hong Kong, has prompted the creation of exceptional new temporary and immigration programs in Canada which will directly and indirectly facilitate immigration of Hong Kong residents, students and youths to Canada. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 19, 2020 @ 7:28 AM

Labour board decision underlines need for systemic change to support migrant workers, says lawyer Fay Faraday sm

A recent Ontario Labour Relations Board decision that awarded a Mexican migrant farm worker $25,000 for being fired when he complained about a large COVID-19 outbreak is a signal to employers that pandemic-related reprisals will not be tolerated — and a wake-up call to Canadian legislators for systemic reform to protect vulnerable migrant workers, say two labour and employment lawyers. ... [read more]

Monday, November 16, 2020 @ 1:26 PM

Looking beyond COVID-19 and U.S. election: Nearshoring IT talent in Canada businessman_window_sm

By definition, nearshoring is “a form of offshoring and describes transferring work to another country geographically close to your home country to reduce costs and increase work, travel and communication quality.” (InterVenture Sourcing AG) Thanks to the U.S. immigration restrictions, we could expand the definition and add: “and overcome immigration hurdles.” ... [read more]

Friday, November 13, 2020 @ 1:51 PM

Beyond COVID-19 and the election: Canadian immigration solutions for U.S.-based IT companies businessman_window_sm

Regardless of the outcome of this year’s U.S. presidential election, it’s clear that the U.S.-based information technology (IT) companies should look elsewhere to host their foreign talent. ... [read more]