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Wednesday, August 02, 2023 @ 5:50 AM

VISITORS AND TEMPORARY RESIDENTS - Temporary entry - Foreign workers - Permits

Application by Carciu for judicial review of visa officer’s decision refusing his application for a work permit. The applicant, Carciu, a permanent resident of Greece, was offered a position as a bricklayer that required a low written and verbal ability in English. The officer denied the work permit on the basis that the applicant had not demonstrated that he would be able to adequately perform the work given and that there was insufficient ability in the language of the proposed employment. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 01, 2023 @ 5:15 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, August 02, 2023 @ 10:15 AM

Saskatchewan calls on Trudeau to name jurist from that province to SCC’s western vacancy Saskatchewan Minister of Justice and Attorney General Bronwyn Eyre

Saskatchewan’s government is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to appoint a qualified jurist from there to fill a western vacancy on the Supreme Court of Canada, telling Law360 Canada “clearly it is Saskatchewan’s turn” given that the prairie province has been unrepresented on the highest bench for 50 years. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 01, 2023 @ 3:46 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Canada launches category-based immigration to address talent shortages Marc Miller

In an effort to attract immigrants with skills and training that are in demand in Canada, the federal government has announced the first round of category-based immigration under the nation’s flagship Express Entry system. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 01, 2023 @ 1:09 PM

Bad and worse advice for law firm associates | Murray Gottheil

Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time. — Chinese proverb ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 01, 2023 @ 11:27 AM

Importance of law associations, communities | Ciara Ward

Three years ago I joined a local crossfit gym after my trusty discount gym closed down. I thought it would be a lot more nerve wracking going from spin class and aerobics classes to powerlifting with (for lack of a better term) meatheads. I was not prepared to be so utterly wrong, or to find such a valuable and accepting community. This is not dissimilar to joining a law association — you’re getting so much more than access to discounted CPDs and fancy parties, you’re gaining an entire community. ... [read more]

Monday, July 31, 2023 @ 4:11 PM

‘There’s never been a more important time for law and legal education,’ says Osgoode’s incoming dean Trevor Farrow, Osgoode Hall Law School

As the world deals with a rapidly changing climate and the implications of artificial intelligence (AI), Osgoode Hall Law School’s incoming dean believes “there’s never been a more important time for law and legal education.” ... [read more]

Monday, July 31, 2023 @ 12:36 PM

Boolean searches, bulky suits, memories are made of these | Gary Goodwin

I recently attended the 40th anniversary of my call to the bar to see colleagues I have not seen for years. This should normally be a time for personal reflection and spiritual growth. But I did spend the smallest amount of time contemplating the reflection in the mirror to make sure I had not grown too much physically. My decades of working out did treat me well. Yes, colour me shallow, and this was no longer high school. ... [read more]

Monday, July 31, 2023 @ 11:53 AM

Keep King’s counsel, but with clear guidelines | Gary Joseph

On June 30, 2023, the Attorney General of Ontario reinstated the practice of appointing King’s counsel after a pause in this process between 1985 and 2022. Immediately thereafter the ruling government in Ontario made, in my view, a serious error in judgment by appointing sitting members of the government who were lawyers, King’s counsel. ... [read more]

Friday, July 28, 2023 @ 4:10 PM

B.C. report identifies several ‘themes for improvement’ in international credential recognition Robert Russo, University of British Columbia school of law

British Columbians want the province to take action to deal with issues surrounding international credential recognition, according to feedback from a wide-ranging public engagement. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 27, 2023 @ 1:28 PM

Immigration Tech Talent Strategy raises significant questions | Sergio R. Karas

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently announced Canada’s Tech Talent Strategy. This includes promoting Canada as a destination for digital nomads and creating a streamlined open work permit for H-1B visa holders in the United States to come to Canada. IRCC believes that this strategy will fill in-demand jobs and attract highly skilled business talent. However, the strategy has some serious flaws, and its wisdom is questionable. ... [read more]