Where Canada’s Political Parties Stand on Immigration

13th Oct 2019 Comments Off on Where Canada’s Political Parties Stand on Immigration

…possibility that Jody Wilson-Raybould, an Independent Member of Parliament running in Vancouver – Granville could win her seat, and also possibly influence the next government. However, as far as I can tell she has not specified any positions on immigration policy, and so I have omitted her from this article. The Liberal Party of Canada In the 2015 election the…

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The Beyond the Border Initiative – ETA, Information Sharing, Tracking Exits

17th Jan 2014 Comments Off on The Beyond the Border Initiative – ETA, Information Sharing, Tracking Exits

[The following is a slightly edited (to include links) version of an article that I wrote for The Canadian Immigrant.] In February 2011, Canada and the United States agreed to the Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competiveness. More commonly known as the Beyond the Border Action Plan, the effect of the agreement was to…

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The Success of Your Application Can Depend on When the Officer or Judge Had Lunch

The Success of Your Application Can Depend on When the Officer or Judge Had Lunch

26th Apr 2011 Comments Off on The Success of Your Application Can Depend on When the Officer or Judge Had Lunch

From the Economist The Economist has published a fascinating article in its Science and Technology Section on the possible relationship between when a decision maker has a snack and the likelihood of him granting an application. The study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences followed eight Israeli judges for then months as they ruled on over 1,000…

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Where the Liberal Party of Canada Stands on Immigration

14th Apr 2011 Comments Off on Where the Liberal Party of Canada Stands on Immigration

…as an article in the Toronto Star written April 18 described the near silence from the Liberal Party on immigration as “baffling“. Considering that the Liberal Party was the only party in Canada that opposed Bill C-11, I am surprised that there is not anything about reversing or amending some of the recent changes to Canada’s refugee system. Of course,…

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Section 97 Refugees

23rd Feb 2011 Comments Off on Section 97 Refugees

…a danger, believed on substantial grounds to exist, of torture within the meaning of Article 1 of the Convention Against Torture; or (b) to a risk to their life or to a risk of cruel and unusual treatment or punishment if (i) the person is unable or, because of that risk, unwilling to avail themself of the protection of that…

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Rumana Monzur Issued a Temporary Resident Permit

9th Jul 2011 Comments Off on Rumana Monzur Issued a Temporary Resident Permit

Macleans is reporting that Rumana Monzur, the UBC international student that was brutally assaulted and blinded when she was visiting her home country of Bangladesh, has been issued a Temporary Resident Permit to return to Canada. The article states: The University of British Columbia student who was blinded by her husband during an attack in Bangladesh will return to Canada…

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Disabled Adults and the Best Interests of the Child Analysis

4th Jun 2010 Comments Off on Disabled Adults and the Best Interests of the Child Analysis

…treaties may help inform Canadian statutory interpretation, and that the importance of the Convention has been specifically stressed in Canadian immigration jurisprudence. The Convention defines a child as: Article 1 For the purposes of the present Convention, a child means every human being below the age of eighteen years unless under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained…

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IRCC Complaints About Immigration Consultants

10th Nov 2017 Comments Off on IRCC Complaints About Immigration Consultants

In June 2017 I wrote an article for Policy Options about how I believed that while the existence of the immigration consultant profession in Canada promoted access to justice reforms were needed to strengthen the weeding out of some unethical behaviour. One of the things that I recommended was that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) temporarily have the power…

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Working without a work permit: what jobs can a visitor do in Canada?

20th Aug 2017 Comments Off on Working without a work permit: what jobs can a visitor do in Canada?

The following is an article that I recent wrote for The Canadian Immigrant: It is generally understood that visitors to Canada cannot work without work permits. The consequences for doing so can include removal from Canada, being unable to apply for work permits for six months, year-long prohibitions on returning to Canada and even possible criminal sanctions for employers. Canadian…

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Weeding Out Crooked Immigration Consultants

4th Jul 2017 Comments Off on Weeding Out Crooked Immigration Consultants

The following is an article that I wrote for Policy Options. The first paper that I wrote in law school was about legal ethics. I submitted a seven-page essay arguing that restricting the practice of law to graduates of law school was unethical, given the crisis of access to justice that so many face, and that the free market should…

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