More than sunny ways needed to address mandatory minimumsSunny ways. This is the promise of Justin Trudeau and his newly elected Liberal government. If there is one dark vestige of the Conservative government that could benefit from the light it is criminal justice policy.
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Karen Bushy

Thirty years ago, Baby M captured public attention. A newborn was taken from her mother and given to an American couple that had contracted with the woman to carry the child. Concern for surrogate mothers deeply influenced North American approaches to assisted human reproduction, including development of the Canadian Assisted Human Reproduction Act.

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Monday, 04 January 2016 09:00

Law, politics, and life at the crossroads

Photo: Chris Wattie/Reuters
Photo: Chris Wattie/Reuters
Taking a break from runs to daycare and swimming lessons for his young son, former Conservative justice minister Peter MacKay was reflecting on law, politics, and life at the crossroads. “I want to be able to have more flexibility in my career and my private life, to be able to spend time with them — especially at this young age,” confided MacKay. “These are very formative years, as everyone knows. And so my preference is not to delve immediately back into the practice of law where I would be working commensurate hours as I was as minister of justice and not see them.”
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Don’t forget the business side of immigrationMy column has had really one or two overarching themes: change is constant and transparency is critical.
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Immigration lawyers such as Paul Hesse hope the new Liberal government will address hurdles created by the temporary foreign worker program.
Immigration lawyers such as Paul Hesse hope the new Liberal government will address hurdles created by the temporary foreign worker program.
While the new federal Liberal government is working to quickly address the Syrian refugee crisis, immigration lawyers hope it will also tackle hurdles around temporary foreign workers, work permits, and the backlog of requests for labour market impact assessments.
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Monday, 02 November 2015 09:00

The in-house balancing act

In her annual report on Internet trends, Mary Meeker, venture capitalist and influential technology observer, noted that the rise of mobile connectivity and the increase of online marketplaces such as Shopify and Etsy, and platforms such as Uber, Grabb and Airbnb, are changing the way an increasing number of people pay and get paid.
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Monday, 26 October 2015 09:00

The barbaric cultural practices tip line

The barbaric cultural practices tip lineThe following is a telephone conversation that might have happened but didn’t.

1-800-Turn-them-in: Hello, you've reached the Barbaric Cultural Practices Tip Line.

Caller: Is this where I can make a report under the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act?
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Monday, 26 October 2015 08:00

Here comes the ‘son’

Here comes the ‘son’I am writing this on October 20, 2015. I feel like someone gave me my country back. It seemed throughout the day there was this sense of music in the air, something joyful, tangible, and real. Democracy was unwrapped in Canada.
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Niqab or no niqab; security is not the questionThe Federal Court of Appeal in a decision rendered from the bench, dismissed the government appeal of a decision that its policy requiring women to remove their niqabs before taking the oath of Canadian citizenship was unlawful. The result of this decision is well known, but what lay behind it is perhaps a little less understood.
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Audits and administrative monetary penalty regime possible game-changersOn Dec. 1, Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada will become the administrators of a new Administrative Monetary Penalty system meant to hold Canadian employers in check for compliance with Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
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