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Tuesday, July 21, 2020 @ 3:20 PM

U.S. renunciation: Tax and immigration considerations for prior year renouncers Passport and money

While many individuals may see the process to renounce U.S. citizenship as being relatively straightforward — an interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate accompanied by payment of a fee — if not done properly it can create expensive tax penalties and cumbersome cross-border travel difficulties. Individuals who have renounced only to discover unexpected consequences are not uncommon. ... [read more]

Monday, July 20, 2020 @ 9:13 AM

Disbarment case highlights need for speedy administrative proceedings

Similar to how criminal matters are influenced by the pivotal Jordan decision, a Saskatchewan court recently turned to another important case to reinforce the need to eliminate undue delay in administrative and regulatory proceedings, says counsel for a lawyer whose disbarment was set aside due to his law society taking too long to investigate. ... [read more]

Monday, July 20, 2020 @ 8:28 AM

Immigration and COVID-19: What to expect for rest of 2020 | Colin Singer

COVID-19 restrictions have made the first half of 2020 a major challenge for Canada’s immigration programs. ... [read more]

Friday, July 17, 2020 @ 3:45 PM

SCC denies Crown appeal; decision ‘clear notice’ to be proactive in moving cases forward: lawyer The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed the Crown challenge of a decision by the Quebec Court of Appeal to allow the stay of proceedings in the case of a man accused of murdering his spouse, ruling his right to be tried within a reasonable time was infringed. ... [read more]

Friday, July 17, 2020 @ 11:09 AM

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program and Canadian tax considerations for investors Canada U.S. puzzle pieces

We often speak with clients who want to immigrate to the United States, but they neither have family ties making them eligible for family-based immigration nor the desire to be employed in the United States through employment-based immigration. ... [read more]

Friday, July 17, 2020 @ 8:52 AM

Access to Justice: A plea for technology in the justice system | Beverley McLachlin

Our justice delivery systems are built on a 19th century model of paper filings, when all hearings were held in person, all documents were filed at the courthouse counter and clerks spent long hours toiling over handwritten schedules. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 16, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

Trudeau unveils $19B ‘safe restart’ agreement, extension of U.S. border measures Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

The federal government will provide more than $19 billion to the provinces and territories as part of a “safe restart” agreement to help the Canadian economy emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has revealed. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 16, 2020 @ 1:29 PM

Justice and the pandemic: Stakeholders in the system Canada_COVID_sm

This article is the fourth of a five-part series examining our courts’ response to the pandemic and what it means for the future of the civil justice system. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 16, 2020 @ 8:35 AM

Mourning the loss of oral advocacy | Gary Joseph

Recently many lawyers have been reflecting upon the place and future of oral advocacy in our changing world. Even before the COVID-19 crisis hit we have seen a gradual erosion of the time-honoured tradition of oral advocacy supplementing the written word. Countless academic and practical journals have been written on the subject and practical courses abound for those who wish to improve their skills. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 @ 1:17 PM

Fastest way to kill U.S. expansion: Inadequate I-9 program U.S._immigration_form_sm

If I were to ask you whether you wanted to hear about “I-9 compliance,” the answer would likely be a confident “no, thank you.” However, what if I were to ask whether you would want to know about an issue that could kill a U.S. company with civil and criminal penalties? Do I have your attention now? ... [read more]