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Dreamers : La balle bientôt dans le camp d’Ottawa?

By CBA/ABC National February 14, 2018 14 February 2018

Dreamers : La balle bientôt dans le camp d’Ottawa?

 

Pendant que le Congrès américain débat du sort des Dreamers, des avocats se sont récemment demandé si le Canada pourrait être une terre d’accueil pour eux. Leur verdict : c’est peu probable sans l’aide du gouvernement Trudeau, qui pourrait bientôt voir la balle rebondir dans son camp.

La discussion Réunis sur un panel à l’occasion d’une récente rencontre de l’Association du Barreau américain à Vancouver, des avocats canadiens et américains ont discuté des règles d’immigration d’ici pour déterminer si les quelque 800 000 personnes touchées par le programme DACA pourraient se tourner vers le Canada s’ils étaient déportés des États-Unis.

Le verdict Aucun programme d’immigration canadien ne semble offrir de garanties. Sans statut officiel aux États-Unis et souvent sans diplôme universitaire, il pourrait être difficile d’obtenir un permis de travail ou d’études, a noté Andres Pelenur, un avocat en droit de l’immigration de Toronto. Demander l’asile après avoir traversé illégalement la frontière pourrait aussi être voué à l’échec, puisque les risques de persécution dans le pays d’origine (le Mexique à 70 %) pourraient être difficiles à prouver.  

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Year in review

Our top 10 articles in 2017

By CBA/ABC National December 20, 2017 20 December 2017

Our top 10 articles in 2017

 

2017 was a year of (albeit slow) advances.  The Transgender Rights bill is finally law.  There are skeptics, no doubt, but hopefully Canada will make further progress in upholding Indigenous rights not that it has decided to implement UNDRIP. And the #MeToo Movement gave women worldwide a voice. Meanwhile, the judicial system in this country felt the true weight of the SCC’s Jordan ruling. Canada said goodbye to its longest serving Chief Justice, and welcomed a new one. As the Trump administration tried to tighten legal immigration, Canada sought to make its policies less restrictive. Canada’s free-trade deal with Europe is now provisionally in force, while efforts to save NAFTA are still under way. On the business front, everyone talking about AI suddenly got distracted by blockchain. And on the regulatory side, the Law Society of Upper Canada finally decided to change its name, and then created controversy over diversity in the profession. 

Here are the articles in 2017 that caught our readers’ attention.

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Profile

In person : Caitlin Pakosh

By CBA/ABC National December 8, 2017 8 December 2017

In person : Caitlin Pakosh

 

Caitlin Pakosh is Senior Staff Lawyer at Innocence Canada. She will be pursuing private criminal defence practice in the New Year. Her book, The Lawyer's Guide to the Forensic Sciences, won the 2017 Walter Owen Book Prize for excellence in legal writing and research.

Who has had the biggest influence on you and why?

My parents and my grandma, Mimi. My mother is an inspiration – I had the honour of watching her graduate from every one of her educational pursuits after high school, most recently her masters. Seeing her work so hard my whole life motivated me to pursue my educational opportunities and to truly value them. My father came from Saskatchewan to Toronto with next to nothing and worked his way into corporate finance. He taught me you have to try your best and, if things don’t work out, have a good sense of humor, learn, and move forward. My grandma, Mimi, is a seamstress/fashionista, baker, storyteller, artist, and all-around lovely person. She and I share stories over rum and cokes, both agreeing how great the other is while fully acknowledging that we’re the same personality displaced 60 years apart.

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Big picture

Canada's free-trading partners

By CBA/ABC National December 8, 2017 8 December 2017

Canada's free-trading partners

 

Canada’s federal trade department has been busy in 2017. It has been locked in tough talks with the U.S. and Mexico aimed at modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) But Canada has also been working to diversify its market access through trade deals. It has been mandated to negotiate an Asia-Pacific trade deal – known as TPP11 – following the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Consultations have begun on a free trade deal with China. And in September, the bulk of the Canada-E.U. trade deal (CETA) was provisionally implemented. 

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CBA community

Futures: A way forward; Notice of 2018 Annual Meeting

By CBA/ABC National December 7, 2017 7 December 2017

Futures: A way forward; Notice of 2018 Annual Meeting

 

The CBA Legal Futures Initiative has issued its final report. Here are the highlights:

THE BACK STORY

Created in 2012, CBA Futures set out to identify factors likely to change the legal market and the work of lawyers in 2020 and beyond so CBA could help members adapt. In 2014, it issued a report containing 22 recommendations addressing the structure and organization of the profession and legal businesses; education of the next generation; and professional regulation.

THE ACTION PLAN

  • Provide specific tools to help lawyers adjust to the future:
    Delivered the CBA Futures Readiness and Self-Assessment Tool for members to use to kick-start innovation in their practices;
  • Published Richard Susskind’s Guide to Strategy for Lawyers; hosted Canadian launch of his recent book, The Future of the Professions, with exclusive access for CBA members;

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