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Thursday, April 25, 2019 @ 8:46 AM

Law Society of Ontario should step up for pro bono | Guy Pratte

The recent provincial budget proposal of a 30 per cent funding cut to Legal Aid Ontario with no funding for Pro Bono Ontario (PBO), highlights the challenges the legal profession needs to grapple with: the access to justice crisis, the obligations of government, a healthy legal aid and the need to innovate. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 @ 9:46 AM

Looming IRS change could impact doing business in U.S. irs_tax_sm

On March 27, the Internal Revenue Service announced that only individuals with tax identification numbers may request an Employer Identification Number (EIN) as the “responsible party” on the application. This begins May 13. Until now, there has been no such requirement. The IRS says this change is part of its ongoing security review. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 12:04 PM - Last Updated: Monday, April 29, 2019 @ 11:10 AM

LAO explains changes to refugee services; legal community slams provincial cuts David McKillop sm

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has clarified that it will not be suspending all of its refugee and immigration services but has made interim changes to maintain “core” services in the wake of funding cuts made to the justice sector in the provincial budget. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 9:08 AM

Unfair refugee amendment rammed through in budget bill refugee_family_sm

Human rights in Canada have just suffered a significant blow. Buried deep in the recent federal budget bill is an amendment to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act that creates a class of people who are denied a refugee hearing after they enter Canada. The change applies to anyone who sought refugee protection in one of five countries, regardless of whether there’s been a decision. It overwhelmingly affects those entering Canada from the U.S. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 8:40 AM

U.S. tax changes affecting cross-border alimony american_alimony_sm

The 2017 Tax Reform Act (the Act) signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump in December 2017 affects taxpayers who are getting a divorce — even if one is a Canadian resident. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 11, 2019 @ 8:47 AM

Closing Safe Third Country Agreement loopholes | Colin Singer

Canada and the U.S. are set to begin talks to close a loophole that has allowed more than 40,000 refugee claimants to cross into Canada from the U.S. during the past two years. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 09, 2019 @ 9:54 AM


Appeal by Chandler from committal for extradition to the United States, and application for judicial review of the Minister's surrender order. The United States sought the extradition of the appellant to face charges of fraud arising from a condominium construction project. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 @ 9:23 AM

The sanctity of citizenship in Canada, the U.K. cancelled_passport_sm

In February, British Home Secretary Sajid Javid revoked the citizenship of Shamima Begum. Begum, a London-born 19-year old woman, was recruited by the Islamic State and married to an ISIS soldier at 15. She holds no other nationality and as a result of the revocation, she is currently stateless. A storm of discussion has erupted on the other side of the pond and prompted my own thoughts on the sanctity of citizenship and the purgatory of statelessness, in Canada and abroad. ... [read more]

Friday, March 22, 2019 @ 8:14 AM

Despite ‘Trumpocalypse’ U.S. immigration still a hot ticket welcome_u.s._sm

Both sides of the border are experiencing rather unprecedented challenges to the status quo, as they approach new elections in 2019 and 2020. But despite the political circus, businesses in the Great White North have other things to focus on — including signs that all is not well on the economic front. Despite recent job growth, many other indicators show that the Canadian economy is struggling, including recent GDP figures that show the economy shrank in December. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 @ 8:39 AM

Quebec ruling emphasizes government respect for rule of law | Colin Singer

A Quebec Superior Court justice ordered the provincial government to continue processing existing immigration applications under the regular Quebec Skilled Worker Program. ... [read more]