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Tuesday, May 11, 2021 @ 1:59 PM

Will China take our immigrants? Canadian and Chinese flags

The recent Toronto Globe and Mail article by John Ibbitson (April 28, 2021), and Doug Saunders’ tweet one day earlier, stating that the reduced birth rate in China “will help make immigration a seller’s market” and which will compete against Canada’s immigration targets, is a good point. ... [read more]

Friday, May 07, 2021 @ 9:41 AM

Why online interaction’s better than you think Five people in zoom meeting

Even before the pandemic hit, the discussion around the pros and cons of flex work and working from home (WFH) or working from anywhere (WFA) raged. In February 2013, Marissa Mayer, then the new head of Yahoo, decided to summon all remote employees back to the office. Her goal was to create a more connected workforce and drive collaboration and innovation: “We need to be one Yahoo, and that starts with physically being together.” ... [read more]

Thursday, May 06, 2021 @ 2:08 PM

Estate planning around U.S. citizenship: Step one, confirm status U.S. and Canadian money beside a calculator

In order to provide clients with a well-rounded estate plan, it is critical to know if your client or his or her intended beneficiaries are U.S. citizens. Citizenship is not always obvious to determine. It’s possible for a person to be a U.S. citizen without knowing it. ... [read more]

Monday, May 03, 2021 @ 2:31 PM

Wellness: Think before you act on social media | Darryl Singer

Social media can be an excellent way to market your practice, meet a spouse or reconnect with old friends with whom you’ve lost touch. I have done all three and continue to do two of those (having already met my spouse). It is fast becoming the primary way to obtain the daily news. However, as we have seen from the events of the last year, it is also a way to let the entire world know your political, social and medical views. If, like me, you have teenagers in the house, you also know that social media can be used to waste copious amounts of time on nonsense. ... [read more]

Monday, May 03, 2021 @ 10:58 AM

An alternate look at new rules concerning Owner-Operator work permit Visa application in envelope

In February this year, the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada), announced its move to abolish the special Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) for the Owner-Operator category, which allows foreign businessmen/businesswomen to gain entry to the country through a work permit by either establishing or purchasing a current business in Canada. ... [read more]

Monday, May 03, 2021 @ 10:29 AM

U.S. addressing influx of migrants at southern border Traffic lineups at U.S. Mexico border crossing

On April 22, 2021, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Rep. Henry Cuellar (D, Texas-28), and Rep. Tony Gonzales (R, Texas-23) introduced the bicameral Bipartisan Border Solutions Act of 2021 in Congress. This immigration bill addresses the influx of foreign nationals at the U.S.-Mexico border — a phenomenon that has been characterized as a U.S. immigration crisis. The purpose of the immigration bill is to improve the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) and Department of Justice’s (DOJ) capacity to manage migration influxes. It also aims to make the asylum process more efficient, reduce impact on local communities and ensure migrants are treated fairly and humanely. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 @ 12:40 PM

Why is West not renouncing Chad’s new illegal government? | Franck Bakasse

On April 20, 2021, the spokesperson for the Chadian national army, Gen. Azem Bermandoa, announced on Chadian national television the death of Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno, who died as a result of his wounds fighting against the rebel group FACT (Front for Change and Concord in Chad). ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 @ 8:26 AM

Hiring temporary foreign workers: The details | Colin Singer

Further to our series on hiring temporary foreign workers, as part of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) requirements employers must conduct recruitment efforts to hire Canadians and permanent residents before offering a job to a temporary foreign worker. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 4:30 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 6:28 PM

Ottawa sending military medical personnel to Ontario, Nova Scotia to help with health crisis Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is sending military medical personnel to help with surging numbers of COVID-19 in Ontario but is passing on the province’s offer to boost the federal government’s sick leave benefit. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 1:41 PM

‘Gloves are off’ in Ontario paralegals’ fight over immigration practice restrictions Antonio (Tony) Caruso

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has been hit with a lawsuit saying it is unfairly narrowing the scope of practice for paralegals who work in immigration law. The lawsuit, which was launched by paralegals Kashif Ali and Antonio (Tony) Caruso, is arguing an LSO bylaw which restricts their practice to proceedings before the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) and excludes them from filling out immigration applications on behalf of their clients directly contravenes s. 91(2)(a) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). ... [read more]