By Erin Roth What does Canada consider a terrorist organization? If a person has given thought to this matter, the answer is likely ‘any organization designated by the Minister under Canada’s Anti-Terrorism Act’. Indeed, the Minister of Public Safety does keep a list and this list does contain individuals and organizations that Canada has determined [...]
By Will Tao On 2 September 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released new instructions which help to further clarify that Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and partner Airline companies, would be responsible for ultimately determining whether international students would be able to travel to Canada to begin/resume studies as a result of COVID-19 [...]
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By Will Tao In the recent decision of Ouansa v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2020 FC 632 (CanLII), Justice Favel allowed the judicial review of Mr. Ouansa, an Algerian national, on the basis that the refusal of his Temporary Resident Permit (“TRP”) Application was not reasonable. The Applicant (as commonly done in the course [...]
Erin C. Roth is speaking on family class sponsorships at an online conference hosted by ISS of BC on 9 August 2020. This event is aimed at members of the public who are seeking to bring family members to Canada.
Erica Olmstead and Erin C. Roth presented at an online conference to the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers on 30 July 2020. They spoke about inadmissibility for organized criminality under section 37(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
By Efrat Arbel and Molly Joeck* This blog post was originally posted on the University of Oxford Law Faculty’s Border Criminologies website as part of a themed series on border control and Covid-19. Please click here to be redirected to the original post. Mission Institution, a medium security federal correctional facility in British Columbia [...]
By Erin C. Roth In criminal law, a well-founded defence will absolve criminal liability. A defence is not an element of the offence, but rather excuses the defendant’s conduct as “morally involuntary”. As the Supreme Court explained in R. v. Ruzic, 2001 SCC 24: “It is a principle of fundamental justice that only voluntary conduct [...]
Federal Court’s Decision in Lo and Three of My Interpreter / Interpretation “Best Practices” at the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD)
By Will Tao The Lo Decision In Lo v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) 2020 FC 684, Justice Elliot heard the judicial review of a Sponsor who received a negative decision from the Immigration Appeal Division relating to his sponsorship. The IAD found that the Applicant did not demonstrate on a balance of probabilities that his marriage was genuine and [...]
Immigration and Refugee Board On June 19, 2020, the IRB announced a resumption of operations, including a resumption notice. However, this notice does not apply to the Immigration Division or the Refugee Appeal Division. The Refugee Appeal Division’s limited resumption is explained here: Refugee Appeal Division: Gradual Return to Business, here: Practice Direction, and here: Communiqué. The [...]