Episode 40 – Family Law Concepts That Immigrants and their Sponsors Should Understand, with Ari Wormelli

In this episode we provide an overview of family law issues that immigrants and their Canadian sponsors should be aware of, inlcuding the recognition of foreign marriages, how divorce works, threatening to have an ex-spouse deported and the difference between common-law and marriage and getting a marriage anulled. Ari Wormelli practices family law with YLAW Group.

Episode 39 – Immigration Detention Hearings after Brown v. Canada, with Aris Daghighian

Aris Daghighian is a senior associate with Green and Spiegel LLP in Toronto. He represented the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers as intervenors in Brown v. Canada, 2020 FCA 130. In this episode we discuss the issues raised in the case, including how immigration detention works in Canada, what the disclosure obligations should be on the government in an immigration detention proceeding and whether there should be a maximum time that someone can be held in immigration detention.

Episode 38 – R v. Zora – The Supreme Court of Canada Addresses Breach of Bail Conditions, with Sarah Runyon

R v. Zora is a 2020 Supreme Court of Canada decision involving the criminal offence of breaching bail conditions. It is relevant in the Canadian immigration context as individuals who are convicted of this crime in Canada, or who are convicted of or commit an equivalent offence abroad, are inadmissible to the country. Steven and Deanna are joined by Sarah Runyon, who was counsel for Mr. Zora at the Supreme Court. We discuss how bail works in Canada, the offence of breach of bail conditions, and the implications of the Supreme Court decision.

Episode 37 – The Closure of the Canada – US Border and the Supreme Court’s DACA Decision, with Andrew Hayes

Andrew, Deanna and Steven discuss the closure of the Canada – US border during COVID-19 and how the agreement has been implemented in the two policies, recent Executive Orders regarding immigration, and the United States Supreme Court decision in Department of Homeland Security et al v. Regents of the University of California et al. Andrew Hayes is a US immigration lawyer who practices in Vancouver. His website is www.usborderlaw.com
2:00 -The closure of the Canada – US border 25:00 – Recent Executive Orders pertaining to immigration in the United States 45:00 – The DACA decision