Building a data-based immigration systemThe firm where I work recently hosted a roundtable with Minister of Citizenship, Refugees, and Immigration John McCallum along with several business leaders in Canada. As part of the minister’s on-going commitment to review the International Mobility Program and his ministry’s relationship to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, consultations are being held to discuss the nature of business in Canada.
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Monday, 11 July 2016 06:32

Preparing for Brexit’s bumpy ride

Bennett Jones lawyer Matthew Kronby says there’s “a lot of goodwill” to bring the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement into force, even if ratification is complicated by the Brexit vote.
Bennett Jones lawyer Matthew Kronby says there’s “a lot of goodwill” to bring the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement into force, even if ratification is complicated by the Brexit vote.
It’s too early to know the full impact Brexit will have on Canadian companies with operations abroad, but lawyers say it’s not too early to consider and start planning for the ramifications for businesses here. 
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Trade deals offer opportunities and risksTwo huge international trade agreements will offer Canada’s manufacturers unparalleled access to markets around the world, but companies must balance the opportunities that the pacts will bring with the risk of extra competition, and prepare for different business models and new trade relationships.
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The immigration machine is complicatedThe immigration machine is a complicated one. There are many competing priorities including the need to help refugees, reunite families, bring in permanent residents, and support the international mobility of workers.
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Monday, 16 May 2016 09:00

Creativity, budgets, and Wi-Fi

Creativity, budgets, and Wi-Fi“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of the creative effort.”
–    Franklin D. Roosevelt –   
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Who counts? Transparency and inclusion in the 2016 censusWhat if the Canadian census form required participants to choose either English or French in answer to the question, “Which language do you speak most often at home?” Many Canadians — one in five, according to the 2011 census — would be perplexed about how to answer this question, since neither is correct.
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Monday, 07 March 2016 09:00

New horizons

New horizonsIt’s where the criminal law drafted in government offices meets the gritty reality of the streets. Homeless men lie passed out near the door of Vancouver’s Main Street courthouse. Drug syringes litter the ground.
Indigenous women, like those who have been murdered or gone missing, dot the court docket. That courthouse is also where new federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould got her trial by fire as a lawyer — an experience that influences her to this day. “I certainly look to my years as a prosecutor on the Downtown Eastside that opened my eyes wider to a lot of the inequalities that exist, that continue to exist in our society,” she says.
Monday, 07 March 2016 09:00

Welcoming the new

I was out of the country when the Liberals won the federal election last October. I was keeping up with the news but trying to take a mental break from too much news — instead filling my head with intensive study of Spanish — so I almost missed it when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named his new cabinet — cabinet that included Jody Wilson-Raybould, the country’s first aboriginal justice minister. At the time, I was in Oaxaca, Mexico — a city whose main square is filled daily with indigenous people marching and protesting against a variety of political, social, and human rights issues. It seemed somehow perfectly appropriate being in that milieu to be looking back at my own country and the possibilities for dramatic change that a new government and this new minister could bring about.
Published in Commentary
Monday, 29 February 2016 09:01

The big sell-off

The big sell-offThe successful bidder for 11 acres of prized waterfront real estate, near the foot of Yonge Street in downtown Toronto, is expected to be announced later this month. The site is the former location of the head office of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and what used to be one of its flagship retail outlets.
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Monday, 29 February 2016 09:00

Ontario’s big gaming gamble

Ontario’s big gaming gambleRevitalizing Ontario’s aging gambling operations is supposed to create jobs, modernize facilities, and pump billions of dollars into the provincial economy, based on a 2012 plan that creates a new ownership model and invites the private sector to share the risk.
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