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It’s buyer beware but immigration can have better oversightImagine this scenario: you are on vacation at a beautiful beach resort or other exotic locale. You meet a local. You smile, you flirt, you laugh. You fall madly in love and get married.


Video: In the November/December edition of Canadian LawyerIn this month’s video spot, editor Gail Cohen discusses the novel concept of law firms banding together in various ways to better serve clients. click here to view video
Monday, 16 November 2009 08:22

Whose Rights Are They Anyway?

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Whose Rights Are They Anyway?You’re a lawyer and motivational speaker who has become rather well known in your field, so you have decided to take your brand to the next level by registering a couple of domain names and filing a trademark application. 


Monday, 02 November 2009 04:19

The Charter, legislation, and the courts

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Maxwell Yalden was Canada’s language commissioner from 1977 to 1984. In that position, he worked to reinforce language equality and the Official Languages Act, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

Monday, 26 October 2009 05:19

It’s monsoon season. Again.

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It’s monsoon season. Again.Ahh, autumn. In Vancouver, it’s the time of year when we clean out the gutters, check the sump pumps and the drain tile, invest in a new raincoat and umbrella, and try to figure out how to escape the monsoons that will keep hitting the west coast until oh . . . January.


George Orwell might have been on to something in his 1949 classic 1984.


Monday, 12 October 2009 21:00

Saving taxes through income splitting

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Each year, the Federal Government of Canada collects close to $100 billion from individual tax payers; this is the government’s single biggest source of revenue.


Video: In the October 2010 edition of Canadian LawyerIn her monthly video editorial, editor Gail Cohen shares what she discovered during her research for the cover story on diversity in the legal profession. click here to view video
Sunday, 27 September 2009 21:00

B.C. should view polygamy law as constitutional

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Deep inside the British Columbia Supreme Court decision to toss out charges against religious leaders in Bountiful, B.C., lays a potential sea change in how the province views the constitutionality of Canada’s anti-polygamy laws.


Monday, 21 September 2009 07:55

Citizens deserve more respect

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Citizens deserve more respectBeing an immigration lawyer, I often work with immigration and customs officers around the world, as well as airport personnel and general frontline folk. Practising both U.S. and Canadian immigration law means I spend a lot of time dealing with clients who find themselves stuck at a border, who have no chance of crossing the border, or who colossally screwed up their most recent attempt at a border crossing.

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