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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 8:03 AM

Senate dumps random breath testing, sets stage for showdown with Commons Marc Gold

In a dramatic tie vote, the Senate has removed mandatory alcohol screening (MAS) from the Trudeau government’s impaired driving bill (Bill C-46) — a controversial move pushed for by many lawyers’ groups that also sets the stage for a showdown between the red chamber and the House of Commons. ... [read more]

Friday, June 08, 2018 @ 8:43 AM

Kreishan v. Canada: Another brick in the refugee wall brickwall_canada_sm

In December 2012, the former government restructured refugee determination. Those changes included an appeal process for refugee claimants whose claims are denied at a first level hearing. However, not everyone was given the right to appeal. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 06, 2018 @ 9:18 AM

NEXUS surprise: Renewals could trigger need for U.S. work authorization nexus_border_sm

The NEXUS program is a wonderful opportunity for Canadians travelling to the U.S. to avoid the long lines and overall anxiety of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspections at land borders and pre-flight inspections at airports. However, more and more NEXUS renewal applicants are being told they need to apply for U.S. work authorization before being approved for a new NEXUS card. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 05, 2018 @ 8:27 AM

NATURALIZATION OR CITIZENSHIP - Loss of or disqualification from citizenship

Application by Timothy Vavilov for judicial review of the refusal of his application for a certificate of Canadian citizenship. ... [read more]

Friday, June 01, 2018 @ 2:25 PM

Lawyer becomes CEO of Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council

Wendy Kelley is the new CEO of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). ... [read more]

Friday, June 01, 2018 @ 8:51 AM

Express Entry applications show what Canada values express_entry_sm

So far in 2018, we have seen Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issue 10 rounds of invitations to Express Entry candidates. Given the current volume of high-scoring candidates in the pool, candidates must be highly competitive to be selected. The following factors can significantly impact a candidate’s chances of success and reflect the qualities most desired in Canada’s current economic immigration system. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 @ 8:46 AM

Habeas corpus and the immigration detention of non-citizens immigration_detention_sm

Immigration detentions of non-citizens must only be for an immigration-related purpose. Undoubtedly, a detention is never pleasant. However, it is not the detention itself, or even its length, that is objectionable, but its unlawfulness. Often non-citizens are being detained on a faulty factual premise, inadvertent errors or criminal charges without a conviction. Once detained, it is difficult to secure a release and the detention can span years. ... [read more]

Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 9:03 AM

New Canada passport changes aim to protect children | Colin Singer

The federal government has made important changes to Canada passport rules with the aim of protecting children under age 16 and preventing the document from being misused. ... [read more]

Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:00 PM

PROCEDURE - Pleas - Change of plea - Voluntariness

Appeal by Wong from a judgment of the British Columbia Court of Appeal affirming his conviction for trafficking in cocaine. ... [read more]

Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - Last Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 4:51 PM

SCC clarifies law on setting aside uninformed guilty pleas Micahel Moldaver

The Supreme Court of Canada has divided over the test for setting aside uninformed guilty pleas in a 4-3 decision that upholds the cocaine trafficking conviction of a B.C. permanent resident who was not informed by his criminal defence counsel that his guilty plea could lead to him being deported for “serious criminality” under Canada’s immigration laws. ... [read more]