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Thursday, August 30, 2018 @ 9:06 AM

Fact or fiction: 10 myths about border crossers refugees_border_sm

Throughout the summer people have continued to cross into Canada from the USA. They are nationals of Syria, Yemen, Eritrea and other places. As refugee claimants, they seek Canada’s protection from persecution. They also trigger political rhetoric.Let’s explore 10 of the most common assertions, with a view to understanding whether they are indeed fact, or mere fiction. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 @ 2:41 PM

Miller Thomson adds staff in Toronto, Vaughan

Miller Thomson LLP has added three new faces to its Toronto office, including a partner and two associates, and one new associate for its office in Vaughan, Ont. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 @ 9:45 AM

Federal cabinet committees, ministers’ mandates rejigged; Blair to study full ban on handguns, assault weapons Justin Trudeau

As the Liberal government gears up for the federal election next year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has rejigged his cabinet committees and issued formal marching orders to the 10 cabinet ministers he shuffled or newly appointed last July, including border czar, Bill Blair. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 @ 9:50 AM

Newfoundland: Minority parents and international entrepreneurs | Colin Singer

Visible minorities in Newfoundland and Labrador fear that the Children and Youth Care and Protection Act fails to account for cultural differences in parenting and caregiving. Parents say they are battling a misconception that they are too hard on their children or do not love them as much. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 @ 9:09 AM

Cross-border estate administration: U.S. beneficiaries americanflag_stamp_sm

An Ontario estate with U.S. connections can face complications due to the presence of any of the following: the deceased was a U.S. person (defined below); one or more beneficiaries are U.S. persons; or the deceased owned U.S.- situs assets. ... [read more]

Friday, August 24, 2018 @ 9:15 AM

Consequences of criminal activities when crossing U.S. border denied_entry_sm

It should come as no surprise that the United States, and other countries around the globe like Canada, exercise their sovereign right to exclude individuals from entering who have engaged in certain criminal activity. What that does and does not cover may be surprising to some. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 @ 9:25 AM

Connecting workplace abuse and immigration compliance workplace_compliance_sm

Anti-bullying campaigns and movements such as #MeToo and #Time’sUp have brought issues of harassment, bullying and assault to the forefront of public conversation. If they are not already doing so, it is crucial that employers ensure that they are taking all steps to ensure a workplace free from abuse to avoid the liabilities that can result from such claims. However, there is one aspect of workplace abuse prevention that Canadian employers frequently overlook – the impact of claims of abuse on immigration compliance. ... [read more]

Monday, August 20, 2018 @ 10:48 AM

Immigration detention did not breach man’s Charter rights, Court of Appeal rules

The Ontario Court of Appeal has dismissed an immigration detention appeal from a man who has been kept in custody since 2013 and allowed the cross-appeal from the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. The Appeal Court held that a lower court erred in finding the appellant had established a s. 12 Charter breach. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 16, 2018 @ 12:58 PM

Canada’s use of DNA and ancestry sites in detainees’ deportation cases problematic, lawyers say Peter_Edelmann_sm

Canadian border officials are using “coercion” to get detainees’ DNA and use it to scour “random” ancestry websites for background information that may or may not be accurate, says an immigration lawyer. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 @ 9:20 AM

Change policies on searching electronic devices at border: B.C. civil liberties group Meghan McDermott, B.C. Civil Liberties Association

Thousands of people cross the Canada-U.S. border every day, but it is likely most of them don’t know what rights border services agents have with regard to their smartphones and electronic devices. ... [read more]