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Quebec reduces Immigration Numbers for 2019, increases tensions with Ottawa

Quebec recently announced plans to reduce the number of immigrants to be accepted in 2019, giving rise to tensions with Ottawa. This decision is in line with the promise made in the election campaign by Premier François Legault. 40,000 is the number of immigrants expected to be welcomed by the province. It is 24 per cent lesser than the number of immigrants who are supposed to enter Quebec by the end of 2018. It is setting up a collision course between the new Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government and the Liberal government at the centre who have a meeting scheduled in December. Expected...

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Is Revoking Birthright Citizenship Ethical?

Canada has a birthright citizenship policy which classifies everyone born on Canadian soil as a Canadian citizen except in some cases. Recently, there has been much discussion about amending this policy. President Trump of the United States, recently announced that an executive order would be issued to remove automatic citizenship for children born on US soil. In Canada, members of the Conservative Party passed a motion to end birthright citizenship if they end up forming the government. It would apply to families where none of the parents is a permanent resident or citizen. Liberal MP Joe Peschisolido also supported a petition...

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Activities Which Are Still Prohibited Even After Marijuana Legalization

With Cannabis being legalized across Canada recently, did you know that there are many related activities which are still considered illegal? Let’s look at a few of them. Purchasing and Consuming Cannabis edibles As per the Cannabis Act, Canadians are not allowed to purchase cannabis edibles, though they can make and eat home-made edibles. Edible marijuana laws are due for release, and cannabis lovers will need to wait for them before they can confidently go out and purchase them from an authorized store. Unlicensed Sale of cannabis Every Canadian can now grow their pot at home legally, but they cannot sell it...

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Global Skills Strategy – Powering Canada’s Tech Growth

Canada’s technology companies are growing. One immigration stream is proving to be a catalyst. An innovation hub based in Toronto recently credited the Federal Government’s pilot program of Global Skills Strategy for helping Canadian companies reduce their skill gaps. MaRS Discovery District surveyed 100 plus technological companies in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) serving Canadian, US and International markets. Annual revenues of CAD 1million was the benchmark for the survey. Some significant numbers which emerged were: 2017 witnessed a 53% hike in international applicants over 2016 More than 45% of companies hired international staff in 2017 More than 35% companies hired foreign employees...

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Why have Workplace Policies and Procedures in Place?

Policies and procedures are crucial to the success of the management and operation of business organizations. They govern the conduct of the workplace environment and help achieve company’s business objectives. Often overlooked by employers are policies and procedures that impact the business’s most important asset – its employees. Failure to implement them may open employers up to significant liability and not to mention, increased costs. As employer’s businesses continue to grow, they face challenges in managing their employees. Much of this can be minimized by implementing clear policies and procedures that set out guidelines on employee conduct, responsibilities and expectations....

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Social Media Activity Becomes Bone of Contention in Family Law Case

Social media is an effective online platform enabling people to share information and remain connected in spite of large physical distances. Increasingly they are playing a pivotal role when relationships are dissolving and affecting families. In fact, in family law cases, information on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are being cited as crucial evidence. Electronic communications on such platforms have implications which extend to the legal arena as well. Communication on messages, tweets, online chats, e-mails are all allowed to be used as evidence and can affect a person’s legal interests. Case Facts In a recent case of Cooper v....

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Your First Impaired Driving Conviction Can Make You Lose Your Permanent Residency Status

A new criminal code policy change has made impaired driving penalties much stricter. Permanent residents of Canada can even lose their residency status if they get a single impaired driving conviction. The new amendments to the Bill C-46, make the impaired driving offences come under the classification of ‘Serious Criminality’. On June 21, 2018, the Bill amendments were granted Royal Assent and came into effect post a time period of 180 days. The impaired driving offence is now subject to a maximum imprisonment of 10 years which is substantially higher than the previous duration of five years. Criminal Inadmissibility All offences which are tagged...

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Cannabis Legalization in Canada And Its Legal Implications For You

On October 17, 2018, Cannabis became legal across Canada. With the Cannabis Act being implemented, it provides a public policy led approach to regulate the production, distribution, possession and sale of Cannabis across Canada. How much Cannabis can you possess legally? As per the Act, purchasing and possessing up to 30 grams of Cannabis is allowed. Anything purchased or possessed more than 30 grams or purchased from an unauthorized distributor is considered a serious offence. Cannabis possession What is Illicit Cannabis? When Cannabis is sold, distributed or produced by a person prohibited to do so under the Act, it is termed as Illicit Cannabis....

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Understanding the Differences between Citizenship and Permanent Residency in Canada

Many people often ask about the difference between a permanent resident and a citizen in Canada. Though they both have many similarities, they also have many differences. Let’s take a look at both of these terms and shed more clarity on them. Permanent Residence A permanent resident in Canada has the legal status to live, work, study or do business in any Canadian province. They can move freely across the country without any restrictions. They received the PR status upon immigration to Canada. They remain citizens of the country from which they emigrated to Canada. Becoming a permanent resident of Canada is the...

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What Do Common Law Partners Receive When They Separate?

Introduction If you are cohabiting with your common-law partner, you may have wondered what would happen if you both separate in the future. Well, you are not alone. Many couples in a relationship or about to enter a new common-law relationship have this apprehension when they want to safeguard their assets from the impact of any future separation. What Happens in a Common Law Separation? So, if you are paying down most of the mortgage on your house, you may wonder whether your common law spouse has a share in the house. The answer to that depends on a variety of factors. If the house...

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