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Family Law: What is Changing?

Divorce can be challenging, stressful and painful. It is at once a personal battle, as well as a legal one, for married spouses to face. For a self-represented party, it is especially cumbersome to navigate the court system, to understand the applicable legislation (i.e. the Divorce Act) and to comply with the rules of procedure. The time-consuming, expensive, and conflict-driven family law system adds an extra layer of difficulty to an already complex situation. The challenges that come with divorce proceedings are further exacerbated when children of the marriage are involved. Instead of prioritizing what is in the best interests...

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Waivers: Occupiers Liability Act vs. the Consumer Protection Act

We’ve all done it: engaged in some risky activity like skiing, been asked to sign a waiver, skimmed through it quickly, signed, and thought little about it as we enjoyed ourselves on the slopes. But did you know that the waiver you signed can have serious implications for yourself and for the company operating the service? Below we will help explain what a waiver is, what some of the implications of signing a waiver are, and recent clarifications to the laws that apply. What is a “waiver of liability”? A waiver of liability has two basic purposes. The first is threefold:...

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Real Estate: Deposit Protection Basics

Buying a home is an exciting, but sometimes very confusing and stressful, time in our lives. There’s a lot to consider when you are making this type of serious commitment, and just as much to worry about. This is especially true in terms of financing and payments. Not only are there down payments and mortgages to consider, there’s also deposits. Below we’ll introduce you to deposits and share some information on protection programs to give you some peace of mind during this exciting process. What is a Deposit? Similar to a down payment, a deposit is a payment that shows the seller...

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Canada Ranks Fourth for Most Immigrant Accepting Nations Worldwide – Gallup Study Says

Canada Ranks Fourth For Most Immigrant Accepting Nations Worldwide – Gallup Study Says

A recently released Gallup study has ranked Canada as the fourth in a list of nations worldwide, as most accepting of immigrants. Gallup created the Migrant Acceptance Index for this study in which Canada’s score was 8.14 out of a total score of 9. With 140 countries being ranked in the survey, the top positions were taken up by Iceland, New Zealand and Rwanda, in that particular order. The index measured how accepting a country’s residents are concerning newcomers and immigrants entering their home countries. Gallup Index also framed three particular questions to ask of the survey respondents to measure the increasing...

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The Basics re: a final Will and Testament

Do you have a final Will and Testament? Are you considering getting one? Do you know why having a Will is important, or why not having one can result in serious legal consequences? These are all important questions and we will try to address each one of the below. But first, let us understand what a final Will and Testament is… What is a Will? A Will is a written document which specifies your wishes and your expectations with respect to your estate (or everything you leave behind) upon your passing. Who should have a Will? A Will is a legal...

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The Matrimonial Home & Rights of Exclusive Possession

When it comes to separation and divorce, there can be a lot of emotional pain and suffering to contend with, not to mention the often-complicated process of deciding issues around property. And what property is more valuable, on a financial and personal level, than a married couple’s matrimonial home? Below we’ll explore this concept in relation to what happens when a married couple separates and one of the spouses seeks exclusive possession of the home. What is the “Matrimonial Home”? The matrimonial home is, simply, the family home. Its legal definition can be found in section 18 of the Family Law Act....

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Canada and Portugal sign MOU promoting Youth Mobility Arrangement

Canada And Portugal Sign MOU Promoting Youth Mobility Arrangement

Youth Mobility Arrangement will offer Canadian youth an opportunity to live and work in Portugal through the International Experience Canada Program. May 3, 2018: In a move that opens channels of exchange between young Canadian and Portuguese professionals, a new bilateral Youth Mobility Arrangement between Canada and Portugal was signed recently. The signatories were the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and Jose Luis Carneiro, Secretary of State of Portuguese Communities Abroad. Under this International Experience Canada (IEC) Program, young professionals in the age group of 18 to 35 can live and work in the partner country under three...

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Imminent Immigration concerns facing Canada’s International Students

Imminent Immigration Concerns Facing Canada’s International Students

In a recent decision, the federal government’s Canada immigration process has adopted an unrestrained approach to the entry of international students into Canada which is bound to have unprecedented repercussions in the future. In particular, the international students coming into Canada as recent entrants with study permit will be vying for permanent resident status against the international students who arrived as young teenagers much earlier and a substantial number of individuals on foreign worker visas. Current figures point to a massive jump of over 20 percent in international student’s numbers in 2017 as compared to 2016. In a decade, student numbers for...

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Supreme Court of Canada: Children’s Interests Paramount in International Custody Cases

In a recent decision, the Supreme Court of Canada addressed children’s interests in the context of international child abduction and custody cases. The majority emphasized that while parents’ intentions and interests are important, they form only part of the overall analysis. Other factors to consider are the children’s best interests, habitual residence of the children, and their preferences (i.e. to relocate or not to relocate). Canada’s highest court said judges must take into consideration how long the children have lived in one country, their standards of living, reasons for the stay or relocation elsewhere, as well as their citizenship and nationality. In...

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