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Lecture Series Begins

In this lecture Shelley Levine discusses the distinction between Immigration and Refugee Law.  

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Legacy Cases – The Final Chapter?

Legacy Cases – The Final Chapter? For those not familiar with the issue, back in 2012, Canada radically reformed our refugee system in a number of ways including changes affecting who hears refugee claims and perhaps most significantly reducing the wait times for such cases to be heard. Cases at that time were taking anywhere…
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“Legacy Claims” The Forgotten Refugees – An Update

Introduction of New Law Legacy Claims – The forgotten Refugees – UPDATE It has now been about 18 months since the Liberals came to power with the promise of unwinding some of the more Draconian Immigration amendments which were introduced by the former Harper government. In July 2016, I published an article on the status…
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The U.S. is not a safe country for refguees!

Immigration Minister Hussen must take immediate steps to un-designate the U.S. as a Safe Third Country! Canada’s refugee law is premised on the idea that Canada provides protection to those who have no other place to receive protection. On the basis of this philosophy it follows that if a refugee passes through a “safe” country…
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Best Small Public Spaces #7 Ryerson Community Park

Best Small Public Spaces #7 Ryerson Community Park Clients seeking to immigrate to Canada often ask me why they should choose Toronto. In response to these frequent queries I thought I would create some top 10 lists of my favourite things in Toronto. These lists won’t include the typical tourist sights which anyone can Google,…
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Best Small Public Spaces #8 Corktown Commons

Best Small Public Spaces #8 Corktown Commons Clients seeking to immigrate to Canada often ask me why they should choose Toronto. In response to these frequent queries I thought I would create some top 10 lists of my favourite things in Toronto. These lists won’t include the typical tourist sights which anyone can Google, but…
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Best Small Public Spaces – #9 – St. James Park (King & Church)

Best Small Public Spaces #9 St. James Parks – King & Church Clients seeking to immigrate to Canada often ask me why they should choose Toronto. In response to these frequent queries I thought I would create a top 10 list of my favourite things about Toronto. Not the CN Tower or Ripley’s which anyone…
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Top 10 Best Small Spaces in Toronto

Best Small Public Spaces #10 Sculpture Garden – King & Church Clients seeking to immigrate to Canada often ask me why they should choose Toronto. In response to these frequent queries I thought I would create a top 10 list of my favourite things about Toronto. Not the CN Tower or Ripley’s which anyone can…
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“Legacy Claims” The forgotten Refugees

Introduction of New Law In December 2012 Immigration completely revamped the refugee system.  Perhaps the most dramatic change, was to statutorily require that most new refugee claims complete within 60 days of the claimant’s arrival in Canada.  This timeline compares with the 1 to 3 year waits claimants faced prior to the introduction of the…
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Sponsoring Refugees – What You Need to Know

1) Who can sponsor a refugee? a) Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAH). These are incorporated organizations which have signed sponsorship agreements with Immigration which sets out all the obligations that come with sponsorships. The SAH’s must be located in the area where the refugee will live. A SAH may act as an “umbrella” and enter into…
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The Plight of Refugees – Why aren’t more Syrian refugees taking advantage of our Refugee system?

The refugee crisis sweeping across Europe has again shone a light on the topic of refugees in Canada. In particular, while many people are aware Canada accepts refugees, there is much confusion surrounding the question about how refugees are accepted and how they make their way to Canada.   There are two main systems for…
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Criminal Lawyers and Immigration Law

Introduction Under present Canadian Immigration Law, Permanent Residents (PR) and Foreign Nationals (FN) can find him or herself inadmissible as a result of various kinds of criminal activity[1].  In this article I intend to briefly deal only with those issues related to offences committed in Canada.  I When a criminal lawyer handles the case of…
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Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program – Part 1

On June 20, 2014 the Federal Government announced the much anticipated changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (“TFWP”). In this article we provide a brief overview of the changes as well as some of the areas that still remain uncertain. The New Program a. Wages and Skill Level The Federal Government previously introduced a…
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