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Founders' Award Winner

Dear members,

It is with great pride that we announce the winner of our first Founders’ Award: Erika Heinrich. The Founders' Award Committee had a number of strong applicants to consider, but selected Erika Heinrich as the winner of this year's award. Ms. Heinrich will prepare a paper discussing Bill C-31 and comparing it to Australia's mandatory detention policy and temporary protection visa program for refugee claimants who make unauthorized arrivals. Her paper will be included in this year’s conference materials and she will receive the award at the 2014 CBA National Immigration Law Conference.

Congratulations to Erika Heinrich!

Sincerely,
Mario Bellissimo, Chair of the National Immigration Law Section


2014 National Immigration Law Conference
Live. Global. Interactive.

May 8-10, 2014
Calgary AB

A judge, a CIC officer, an IT tech and a medical expert walk into a room... No, this is not a joke, these are just some of the preeminent legal and industry experts speaking at the CBA’s 2014 Immigration Law Conference, May 8-10.

More than just talking heads, this conference delivers a live, global and interactive experience on everything from the latest immigration trends and practice tips, to ethical questions and technology advice to make your practice more profitable.

Whether a seasoned professional or just starting out, highly specialized or doing it all, join us to network with your peers and participate in interactive sessions including: panel discussions, roundtables, case study critiques and much, much more. With your choice of concurrent sessions in intermediate, advanced and general streams – this is one immigration conference you simply cannot miss!

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CBA immigration lawyers lead pro bono service for Typhoon Haiyan victims

Lawyers in the CBA Immigration Law Section are spearheading an initiative to provide initial legal consultations and to prepare immigration applications without charge for those who have been significantly affected by Typhoon Haiyan. The CBA initiative is offered to fast-track new and existing immigration applications.

For more information, please visit the Initiative for Typhoon Haiyan website.

A National Post article can be found here


Join the National Immigration Law Section Listserv

Preamble and Moderator

The primary objective of the National Immigration Law listserv is to facilitate the sharing of information and ideas to assist members in their practices. It is recognized that the practice of citizenship and immigration law can at times be political by nature. However, in order to encourage full participation by all members, participants share a responsibility to be respectful of the broad diversity of opinions, personal backgrounds and practice areas of our members. Where possible, postings should be concise and repetition avoided. Participants are expected to balance the relevance and importance of any posting with its potential impact on other members. The integrity and effectiveness of the listserv is dependent on the professionalism and collegiality of all members.

The moderator for the National Immigration Law Section listserv is the Section’s Immediate Past Chair. You can find contact information for the Past Chair on the Contacts page.

The moderator does not censor or pre-vet individual postings, but rather is a mediator for disputes, an advisor for members who have questions about the appropriate use of the listserv, and a conduit for complaints which require further action by the CBA Chief Executive Officer or Executive Officers.  The moderator has no formal role in the complaint or appeal process but is available as a resource person for members and for the CBA.

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CBA raises concerns about Bill C-4

In two letters sent to the Parliamentary Committees, the CBA expressed concerns about the use of omnibus bills as they preclude meaningful comment and debate.

  • Nov. 18 letter raises concerns about the process for legislative amendments dealing with labour and employment law.
  • Nov. 20 letter welcomes the steps taken to modernize the selection system for economic class immigrants.

Mario Bellissimo, Chair National Immigration Law Section, appeared before the Senate Citizenship and Immigration Committee on November 21st, 2013 (with Senator Raynell Andreychuk, Committee Chair).
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  • Meetings with ESDC, CBSA, Federal Court, 2014 (Ottawa, ON)
  • Meeting with CICIP, 2014 (Ottawa, ON)
  • Executive Committee Meeting, May 2014 (Calgary, AB)

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This Section's primary objectives are to:

  • maintain a dialogue with the Immigration and Refugee Board and to conduct continuing liaison with its senior officials;
  • discuss existing legislation and proposed legislative changes;
  • ensure that abuses in the enforcement and administration aspects of immigration are publicly voiced;
  • conduct continuing legal education seminars; and
  • enhance the professionalism of lawyers dealing in the area of immigration law.

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