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May 10, 2012

CIC News Release — Amendments to the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act

  Ottawa, May 9, 2012 — Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney today announced that the Government is proposing amendments to Bill C-31, the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act.  “Over the past few weeks, I’ve listened to parliamentarians and witnesses,” said Minister Kenney. “We have always said that we were open to amendments that […]

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May 10, 2012

CIC News Release — Private partners join Federal Internship for Newcomers Program

  Ottawa, May 10, 2012 — The Government of Canada is expanding its internship program for newcomers to include private sector companies, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. CGI Group Inc., a leading provider of information technology and business process services, and CIBC, a leading Canadian-based financial institution, will partner with CIC […]

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May 9, 2012

Conservatives bow to pressure, amend parts of controversial refugee bill

OTTAWA—The Conservative government proposed amendments to a controversial newrefugee bill on Wednesday, but critics say they still have major concerns with the legislation. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney admitted he was prompted to introduce some changes toBill C-31 by months of outrage from refugee advocacy groups and Opposition critics. “I believe it’s not right for the government to […]

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May 9, 2012

Kenney amends controversial refugee bill

CBC News Immigration minister bends to pressure, dials back detention provisions in omnibus bill By Louise Elliott, CBC News Posted: May 9, 2012 11:46 AM ET Last Updated: May 9, 2012 6:06 PM ET Read 94 comments94 Facebook 111 Twitter 7 Share 118 Email Related Related Stories NDP says government considering splitting budget bill Who […]

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May 6, 2012

Failed candidates for Canada’s refugee judge jobs get third chance

Canada refugee board employees who failed an earlier exam to become refugee judges in a revamped asylum system are being given a third chance at the job, the Star has learned. According to an internal memo obtained by the Star, the Immigration and Refugee Board has just launched a third competition to fill the 105 […]

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May 2, 2012

Yu Chen v. M.C.I., 2012 FC 510

Yu Chen v. M.C.I., 2012 FC 510 Facts: The applicant is a 22 year old Christian from Liaoning Province in the PRC and seeks refugee protection.  The applicant’s house church was raided.  The applicant was given notice of the raid and escaped.  After going into hiding the applicant learned that the PSB were looking for […]

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May 2, 2012

A Day in the Life at the IRB for an Immigration Lawyer

Sometimes a day at the IRB can be an exercise in frustration. I attended this morning for a hearing involving a mother and her daughter. The mother speaks Vietnamese and her daughter speaks Mandarin which entailed having two interpreters present to ensure all parties understand the proceedings. After waiting for 20 minutes without the arrival of a Board Member I decided that it was time to investigate.

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April 27, 2012

Bill C-31 and the Balanced Refugee Reform Act

I have been asked several times how it can be the case that the Balanced Refugee Reform Act (BRRA) which was to be in force in June 2012 can be extended beyond that date.  For those of you involved in the refugee field you will recall that the legislation was originally scheduled for implementation in December 2011. […]

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April 10, 2012

Vancouver FamilyLaw Website picks up on Girgis article

Note that in British Columbia the new Family Law Act (not yet in place) will give common law couples rights similar to married couples’ rights.

Cohabitation agreements help give common-law spouses same rights as married couples

Before moving in together, couples should recognize that common-law spouses do not have the same property rights as married people.

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April 9, 2012

Marian Girgis of Levine Associates comments in Toronto Star interview about cohabitation agreements

 

When Maria Prieto and her boyfriend James Agnew decided to buy a condo and move in together three years ago, Agnew suggested the pair get a cohabitation agreement.

Prieto admitted she didn’t know what that meant, but once it was explained to her she agreed to it right away…

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