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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]

Wednesday, August 08, 2018 @ 8:45 AM

Scorching open letter calls for culture shift at Immigration Division | Rebecca Lockwood

Along with 49 other immigration-refugee lawyers, I signed an open letter in support of the recent audit of the Immigration Division that called for change in the culture and practice of this branch of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB). The letter, like the audit, was straightforward in its conclusions: the ID does not uphold the standards of fairness and transparency expected in a decision-making body in charge of people’s life, liberty and security of person. And this needs to change. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 01, 2018 @ 9:07 AM

Increased border biometrics boosts security but also privacy concerns biometrics_border_sm

In an effort to enhance the integrity of the Canadian immigration system, the federal government began collecting biometric data from foreign nationals of specific countries applying for temporary residence in 2013. The information may then be shared between countries in order to expand the scope of security screenings, while also giving rise to privacy concerns. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 @ 8:50 AM

Attitude adjustment: U.S. politics affecting Canadians crossing the border american_border_sm

As NAFTA negotiations near the one-year mark and Canada and the U.S. continue to push their own trade agendas, the friendly historic relationship between Canada and the U.S. appears frighteningly fragile at the moment. Many Canadians are taking a “prepare for the worst” approach to heading across the border, and some — but not all — of this caution is merited. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 26, 2018 @ 8:21 AM

How Global Talent Stream targets world’s best tech workers | Colin Singer

Rewind to 2016 and Canada’s technology industry was struggling to hire the best skilled workers to help startup businesses grow. Then along came the Global Talent Stream (GTS). ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 @ 9:24 AM

The future of free trade: Labour market mobility in uncertain times global_employment_sm

Free trade agreements open markets by reducing trade barriers and creating predictable and transparent conditions for businesses to operate. Many free trade agreements provide for reciprocal labour mobility between members, skilled workers, professionals and intra-company transferees. Business persons can provide their services without going through the process of labour market testing. This facilitates cross border mobility and provides access to labour market skills and service from around the world. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 8:49 AM

Canada’s new impaired driving laws tougher on immigrants impaired_driving_sm

Canada’s Bill-C46, which increases Criminal Code sentencing provisions for impaired driving, received final stage approval on June 21, 2018. Although the purpose of the bill is to strengthen the legislative penalties for impaired driving, there will be significant unintended immigration consequences for both foreign nationals and permanent residents of Canada with past and future convictions, both domestically and internationally. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 8:22 AM

FEDERAL INCOME TAX - Computation of tax - Individuals - Tax credits - Child tax benefits

Appeal by Almadhoun from a Tax Court decision finding she was not an eligible individual for the purpose of receiving child tax benefits (CTB). ... [read more]

Friday, June 29, 2018 @ 9:34 AM

Withdrawal of an uninformed guilty plea not_guilty_sm

A guilty plea constitutes a formal admission of guilt to the crime with which an accused is charged. It relieves the Crown of its burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt and constitutes a waiver of constitutional right to a trial. The accused’s decision to plead guilty is, thus, fundamentally subjective and deeply personal. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 @ 10:19 AM

NAFTA: New occupational classifications long overdue NAFTA_employment_sm

Amidst a flurry of activity on immigration issues and topics since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, NAFTA has remained one of the hottest and most persistent topics circulating in the North American business community and beyond. ... [read more]