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July 25, 2018

Levine Associates Attend the 2018 LAO Refugee Law Conference

On June 27, 2018, the Legal Aid Ontario Refugee Law Conference was held at the Jackman Law Building at the University of Toronto. In the spirit of legal excellence and to benefit from the discussion of the wide range of topics regarding the evolving state of refugee law in Canada, Levine Associates attended the Conference. […]

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Toronto Immigration Lawyer
July 3, 2016

Understanding the “First Safe Country” Concept and Why it’s Obsolete

  Understanding the “First Safe Country” Concept and Why it’s Obsolete Until the Syrian refugee crisis, it was accepted by those who practice refugee law that a claimant’s failure to make a claim in the First Safe Country—also known as Forum Shopping—could be interpreted by decision makers as evidence that a claimant lacked a subjective […]

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July 25, 2012

Remembering the Komagata Maru

A momument now stands to commemorate the Komagata Maru which stands out as one of the earliest examples of a rigid Canadian Immigration policy which denied entry.  After remaining at port for months the ship was eventually forced to return to India where upon arrival a conflict with British  soldiers resulted in many deaths.

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July 13, 2012

Levine gives interview to CTV regarding Taiwan smuggling ring

In an interview on CTV Express today Mr. Levine discussed a recent article in the Taiwan Times which reported that a massive smuggling ring was recently discovered operating in Taiwan.  The discovery of the ring was a result of an international effort involving authorities from Taiwan, Canada and Australia.  The smuggling ring had been sending […]

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June 26, 2012

‘Extreme hostility’ between lawyer-judge mars refugee hearing

A refugee claimant was handed a reprieve on his removal from Canada because of an angry blow-up between his lawyer and the immigration judge, a feud betraying such animosity the Federal Court ruled the bewildered client could not have expected an unbiased hearing. The decision raises the spectre of the “automatic disqualification” of judges to […]

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June 21, 2012

Government of Canada Introduces the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act

Ottawa, June 20, 2012 — The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, introduced legislation today to expedite the removal of foreign criminals from Canada and to enhance the safety and security of Canadians. The Harper Government is putting a stop to foreign criminals relying on endless appeals in order to delay their […]

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June 20, 2012

News Release — Canada announces plans to resettle more Bhutanese refugees

Ottawa, June 20, 2012 — Canada’s plan to welcome up to 500 more Bhutanese refugees was unveiled today by Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, as World Refugee Day is celebrated around the world. “In May 2007, the government committed to resettling up to 5,000 Bhutanese refugees who had been living for nearly […]

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May 29, 2012

Health groups urge Ottawa to save refugee services

The heads of several of Canada’s leading health-care organizations have written a strongly worded letter to the federal immigration minister, urging him to rescind plans to cut health services to refugees and refugee claimants. “We are extremely concerned over the health impacts that this will have on the most vulnerable members of our society, many […]

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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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