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Friday, April 17, 2020 @ 2:18 PM

Canada’s flexible immigration system pivots for COVID-19 | Colin Singer

Canada’s immigration system remains operational despite the impact of the unprecedented global battle against the spread of COVID-19. ... [read more]

Friday, April 17, 2020 @ 1:50 PM

Welcoming e-advocacy: Advice on winning your first virtual appeal V&Wvideoconference

The world of advocacy is changing. With the advent of social distancing how we deliver legal services, and especially how we assist clients navigating the justice system in our courts, has changed abruptly and significantly. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 16, 2020 @ 4:16 PM

P.E.I. declares state of emergency, tighter entry controls

Prince Edward Island has declared a state of emergency in response to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 16, 2020 @ 3:12 PM

Feds expand access to small business loans; in talks on commercial rent relief, U.S. border controls Bill Morneau

Ottawa has expanded eligibility for its new interest-free $40,000 loans for businesses hit by COVID-19 and is in talks with the provinces to create a new loan program for commercial landlords that would enable them to forgo or lower rents for struggling businesses from April through June 2020. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 16, 2020 @ 11:09 AM

Misrepresentation of terrorist activity voids life insurance coverage, court finds Man crossing fingers behind back

Ontario’s appellate court has provided further clarity on the scope of an insured’s duty to make full disclosure of all material facts. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 @ 3:39 PM

Border agency reduces access to 27 ‘low traffic’ crossings at Canada-U.S. land border

In a move Ottawa states “should not affect commercial traffic,” the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has announced it is temporarily reducing its hours of service at 27 “low-traffic” ports of entry along the Canada-United States land border — effective April 15 at 11:59 pm EDT. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 @ 5:12 PM

Travellers must show ‘credible’ self-isolation plans; Ottawa expands ticketing to COVID-19 offences

Ottawa is amping up existing self-isolation requirements for all travellers entering Canada, while also expanding its Contraventions Act ticketing regime to apply to 10 broadly worded Quarantine Act offences related to travel. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 09, 2020 @ 10:47 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, April 09, 2020 @ 3:16 PM

SCC’s Cory remembered as brave and compassionate judge who protected human dignity, fairness Peter deCarteret Cory

Retired Supreme Court Justice Peter deCarteret Cory, a Second World War hero who distinguished himself in the judicial trenches for a quarter century, dodged more than his share of bullets during his decade on the highest court. Three traits which showed up early in his life — bravery, hard work and a penchant for volunteering for tough assignments — contributed to him carrying the ball for the Supreme Court in some of its most controversial and challenging cases. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 08, 2020 @ 11:39 AM

Lawyers must remain essential service as long as reasonably possible | Arthur Zeilikman

It would be a serious undertaking to tally all of the clichés and negative stereotypes that exist about lawyers and their seeming dispensability within society. Shakespeare’s oft-quoted line from Henry VI — "The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers” — usually comes to mind as the most infamous and callous of such satirical jabs. Whatever the true intent behind the incitement, one thing is clear: the question of a lawyer’s utility always makes for a lively conversation.     ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 08, 2020 @ 11:29 AM

Maintaining TN status while pursuing a green card american_greencard_sm

Can you pursue a green card while maintaining your TN (Trade NAFTA) nonimmigrant status? Yes, yes you can. ... [read more]