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Wednesday, July 06, 2022 @ 3:07 PM

Swearing oath to Queen violation of prospective lawyer’s religious rights, lawsuit says Avnish Nanda, Nanda & Company

A prospective lawyer in Alberta is challenging a requirement that he swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen before being called to the bar, arguing such a pledge violates his Charter right to freedom of religion as a devout Sikh. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 06, 2022 @ 2:01 PM

Criminal inadmissibility for convention refugees Two hands gripping a mesh fence

This article will review the recent federal court decision in Ahmad v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2022 FC 455. It will also provide a summary of the exclusion analysis for convention refugee (the Refugee Convention) when an individual has committed a serious non-political crime outside Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 05, 2022 @ 9:19 AM

The Coach: Your time is worth taking a look at | Gary Mitchell

Aside from your experience and expertise, your time is likely your most valuable asset. You don’t like to waste time. You don’t want to be doing things that others could easily be doing? Right? Well, one of the first exercises I have my clients go through is to conduct a time audit. This is where you keep track and record all the time you spend on non-billable, practice-related tasks. The reason for this is to determine which tasks could easily be delegated. Delegated to a paralegal, or assistant. ... [read more]

Monday, July 04, 2022 @ 10:03 AM

New immigration ministerial authority cause for concern | Sergio R. Karas

Express entry is an online system that the federal government uses to select immigrants with skilled work experience to apply for permanent residency. Applicants submit their profiles, and they are ranked in the Express Entry pool using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Invitations to apply for residency are issued to candidates with the highest scores in the pool after each draw and that may include those with Canadian experience and those selected under provincial programs. The CRS rewards applicants who are younger, have graduated from Canadian educational institutions, and have Canadian work experience, with more points in recognition of their adaptability to the labour force. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 5:12 PM

New associate joins Blaney McMurtry

Blaney McMurtry announced that associate Neena Sandhu has joined the firm. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 4:48 PM

LSO issues call for comment on mandatory succession planning for licensees in private practice Jacqueline Horvat, LSO treasurer

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has amended commentary to the Rules of Professional Conduct to “provide licensees with guidance in respect of their obligations relating to technological competence” and has issued a call for comment on implementing a “mandatory succession planning requirement for licensees in private practice.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 12:27 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 1:25 PM

Conference continues celebration of federal courts’ golden anniversary Chief Justice Paul Crampton, Federal Court of Canada.

Speakers at a conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of Canada’s federal courts noted the need to balance remote hearings versus in-person appearances, while stressing the importance of having bodies in the courtroom. The use of remote technology by the courts during the COVID-19 pandemic and the gradual return to in-person hearings was a key talking point on June 27, the first day of a delayed three-day symposium marking the golden anniversary of the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 5:33 AM

IMMIGRANTS - Application for immigrant visa - Adverse conditions in country of origin

Application for judicial review of a decision refusing applicant’s request for reconsideration of a negative humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) application for permanent residence. The applicant was born and raised in Russia. In March 2011, she visited Canada on a six-month visitor visa, which she successfully extended several times until its expiry on January 30, 2017. In December 2018, the applicant submitted an H&C application. ... [read more]

Friday, June 24, 2022 @ 4:44 PM

Parliament passes self-induced extreme intoxication and budget bills before rising for summer David Lametti

Before MPs fled Ottawa for the summer, the minority Liberal government managed to enact its multipronged 2022 omnibus budget bill, as well as a new Criminal Code amendment that restricts the use of the self-induced extreme intoxication defence in prosecutions for violent crimes. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 23, 2022 @ 5:44 PM

SCC sheds new light on test, evidence required for public interest standing in court challenges Michael Feder

Litigants seeking public interest standing to challenge constitutionally suspect laws do not need co‑plaintiffs directly affected by those laws in order to proceed with the litigation, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in a 9-0 judgment which sheds new light on the decade-old Downtown Eastside legal test and its evidentiary requirements for attaining public interest standing. ... [read more]