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Thursday, July 30, 2020 @ 8:35 AM

Immigration and COVID-19: The U.S. and the rest of 2020 | Colin Singer

As we discussed in the first article in this series, Canada is expecting a surge in immigration applications in the rest of 2020. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 @ 2:24 PM

Being rude in court: Crossing the line screaming_mouth_sm

The recent resignation of an Alberta lawyer, with an undertaking not to apply to the Law Society of Alberta for reinstatement, following citations that he “failed to be courteous and civil to another lawyer,” among other things, gave us pause — when does a lawyer cross the line into uncivil communications with opposing counsel that could give rise to law society discipline? With the benefit of only the Disposition Summary at the time of writing, but without the full Alberta Law Society Report, we were motivated to look into this further. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 @ 2:07 PM

Canada cuts international students a temporary break canadian_univsersity_sm

On July 20, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced temporary policy changes to the international student program in the context of COVID-19. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 @ 1:22 PM

Feds could face new Charter challenge after Safe Third Country Agreement declared unconstitutional Anthony Navaneelan

While the Federal Court’s July 22 ruling, Canadian Council for Refugees v. Canada (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship) 2020 FC 770, declared the near-16-year-old, Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) unconstitutional, the federal government could face another Charter challenge over another directive regarding asylum seekers included in last year’s omnibus budget legislation. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 @ 10:29 AM

Lack of Filipino lawyers: Contributing factors | Warren Urquhart

As discussed in part one of this series, the state of Filipino representation in Ontario is abysmal. Filipinos are fourth largest immigrant group in Ontario, yet the number of Filipino lawyers is statistically insignificant to the point that we do not get our own row in the Law Society of Ontario’s annual reporting chart of racialized lawyers. ... [read more]

Monday, July 27, 2020 @ 8:32 AM

Before sharing your next legal document, read this cloud_storage_sm

Even before the pandemic, the most popular methods for exchanging legal documents were not secure. Encrypted e-mail? Not as private as you think. Thumb drive? Think again. Consumer file-sharing services? Not designed with security in mind. ... [read more]

Friday, July 24, 2020 @ 12:49 PM

Canadian citizenship by descent: Changes to interpretation of ‘parent’ LGBTQ_parents_sm

The Citizenship Act has always been a difficult document to navigate. Despite a number of overhauls and changes as to how citizenship is obtained by right or by grant, the Citizenship Act has remained plagued by references to former versions and some outdated notions of who is deserving of Canadian citizenship. However, on July 9, 2020, a significant step forward was made, as Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a change in the policy, which came into effect on July 15, 2020, that directly impacted couples experiencing fertility issues and families in the LGBTQ2+ community. ... [read more]

Friday, July 24, 2020 @ 9:50 AM

Man didn’t merit new sex assault trial despite uninformed guilty plea: Quebec Appeal Court

Errors and omissions by defence counsel, the Crown prosecutor and even the trial judge were not “determinative” after a man who sought to withdraw his guilty plea to sexual assault failed to establish that he sustained subjective prejudice, ruled the Quebec Court of Appeal. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 23, 2020 @ 12:43 PM

International students face uncertain future in U.S. international_students_sm

In a July 2020 LinkedIn post which has gathered over 100,000 reactions and comments, Hanan Ali, an international student at Ohio’s University of Toledo, writes, “I came to this country to pursue my dream, a dream to change the world, yet everyday it makes me feel like a burden and a strain on resources, despite the fact that I’ve paid for those resources and more twice over. … Dear Americans, check on the international students in your lives. Pressure your lawmakers into doing something about this ruling. Acknowledge the contributions we make here.” ... [read more]

Thursday, July 23, 2020 @ 8:54 AM

Navigating the modern courtroom | Karen Heath

Close your eyes and picture this: atop a rattling cart rolling into the room rests an overhead projector; with its angular sides, translucent glass top and bent metal arm, it is recognizable even on the periphery. No, this is not a foray into ’90s classroom nostalgia. Fear not, you won’t have to overlay transparencies to demonstrate where the axis of symmetry meets the parabola (insert oft-cited adage: I’m a lawyer, not a mathematician). But, this may be an only slightly exaggerated description of the best available technology you can use to project documentary evidence and exhibits in your local courtroom.    ... [read more]