Welcome Breanna Case

McCuaig Desrochers LLP is pleased to welcome Breanna Case as an articling student. Breanna received her Juris Doctor from University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law in 2022. While in law school, she volunteered as Dayleader on the Family and Civil Law Project with Student Legal Services where she assisted low-income individuals with their legal matters in Provincial Court. She also served on the Women’s Law Forum and the Edmonton branch of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) where she

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Congratulations Olivia!

We are proud to announce that Olivia Wang has been Admitted to the Bar and welcome her as an Associate with the firm.  Please see Olivia’s full bio here.

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Changes Ahead for Canada’s Express Entry Immigration Program

There are changes coming to Canada’s Express Entry program. Express Entry has been a mainstay of Canada’s economic immigration system since its introduction in 2015, governing the intake of permanent residence applications under several of our economic immigration programs. Under the Express Entry system, individuals interested in applying for permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class, or the Federal Skilled Worker and Federal Skilled Trades programs must first create an online profile that is automatically assessed a certain number of

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Modernization of Alberta’s Trustee Act

A new Alberta provincial Trustee Act was introduced as Bill 12 on March 29, 2022 and was passed by the legislature on April 29, 2022. Once proclaimed into force, the new Trustee Act (the New Act) will provide a modern framework for trust law in Alberta. Overall, the new Trustee Act clarifies the responsibilities and powers of trustees and will provide greater protections for beneficiaries. Additionally, the new provisions would reduce administrative burdens imposed by trust law, as it lessens

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New Canadian Immigration Streams for Ukrainians

As of February 24, 2022, Russia has launched a military attack against Ukraine and its people.  The Canadian government has implemented new measures to help the people of Ukraine affected by this attack. The Canadian government has expressed a commitment to prioritizing applications from people living in Ukraine for Canadian permanent residence, proof of citizenship, temporary residence and citizenship grant for adoption. Additionally, they are attempting to urgently process passports and travel documents for Canadians living in Ukraine, to allow

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Corporate Remedies: Reasonable Expectations of Shareholders

The remedies available to stakeholders in corporate disputes for oppression are some of the most flexible remedies available at law.  Under Alberta’s Business Corporations Act (the “ABCA”), the Court may rectify any act or omission of a corporation, its affiliates, or its directors that results in conduct that is oppressive, or conduct that is unfairly prejudicial to, or that unfairly disregards the interests of, any security holder, creditor, director or officer.  The powers of the Court in these circumstances include,

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McCuaig Desrochers LLP Vaccination Policy

McCuaig Desrochers LLP’s priority is the health and safety of our clients and staff. With a safe workplace, we can ensure that our lawyers and staff are able to continue providing the highest level of legal service. In keeping with our commitment to safety, we have implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy at our office premises. Our policy applies to lawyers, staff, and clients alike. We continue to offer meetings by way of virtual / videoconference technology.  Should an in

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Second Chance Comes for Would-be Sponsors of Parents & Grandparents

On September 23, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizen Canada began the work of sending out invitations for Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents or grandparents for Canadian permanent resident status. By October 4, the round of invitation ended with enough invitations sent out to meet the department’s goal of receiving 30,000 additional complete parent/grandparent sponsorship applications, the highest number of applications accepted in a year since 2014 – when limits were first applied to the intake of

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