Changes Coming to Parent/Grandparent Sponsorships for the Beginning of 2019

Update: As of December 28, 2018, the Government has not yet announced the details of how they will accept online Expressions of Interest for parent/grandparent sponsorships and have also not indicated the date when they would start being accepted (other than saying that the program would open sometime in January 2019). At the end of August 2018, the Government of Canada announced that it would be making changes to its intake system for parent and grandparent sponsorship applications when the

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Changes to DUI laws may endanger immigration status

In October of 2018, Canada legalized the recreational use of marijuana (cannabis) for adults. The introduction of this legislation arrives with some significant changes to the penalties that may be imposed on those who commit offenses related not only to marijuana but to many driving related offences as well. Taking effect on December 18, 2018, one such change will see an increase in the maximum penalty for driving under the influence, or “DUI”, and it is this change that may

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Frank Friesacher, President of CBA – Alberta Branch

We are proud to note that as of September 1, our colleague Frank Friesacher began serving as the President of the Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch for the 2018-2019 term. Frank will spend the next year maintaining his busy family law and estate litigation practice, while also working to better our profession through his leadership with CBA Alberta. The Canadian Bar Association is the leader and voice of Canada’s legal profession, promoting fair justice systems, facilitating effective law reform, upholding equality

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Welcome Patrick Coones!

McCuaig Desrochers LLP is pleased to welcome Patrick Coones as an articling student. Throughout his articling year, Patrick will gain experience in a variety of areas of law. Patrick joined McCuaig Desrochers LLP as an articling student in 2018. Patrick obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Alberta Faculty of Law in 2018. Throughout law school, Patrick was heavily involved with both Student Legal Services of Edmonton (SLS) and Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC). He worked as a Civil/Family Law Dayleader in 2016

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Welcome Travis Yachimec!

McCuaig Desrochers LLP is pleased to welcome Travis Yachimec as an articling student. Throughout his articling year, Travis will gain experience in a variety of areas of law. Travis Yachimec joined McCuaig Desrochers LLP as an articling student in 2018. He received his Bachelor of Commerce Degree with Distinction (majoring in Finance) from the University of Alberta in 2014 and his Juris Doctor with Distinction from the University of Alberta in 2018. In addition to these degrees, Travis has also received a Certification in Business

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McCuaig Desrochers Steps up to the Challenge!

Recently McCuaig Desrochers LLP stepped up to the Walk at Work Challenge. Teams of lawyers and staff tracked their steps all day every day for a month. Everyone had a great time getting active, competing with their colleagues and taking selfies along the way. As an office we covered 6,195,138 steps, which is about 4720 kms! This is the same distance as walking from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Lisbon, Portugal across the Atlantic Ocean. All that stepping burned about 300,000 calories, which equals

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Félicitations à / Congratulations to Justin E. Kingston

Félicitations à Justin E. Kingston qui a été élu président de l’Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Alberta (AJEFA) le 1 juin 2018. / Congratulations to Justin E. Kingston who was elected president of the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Alberta on June 1st, 2018.

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Counting the Days – Requirements for a Permanent Resident to Spend Time in Canada

If you have permanent resident status in Canada and are leaving Canada, whether it is for a vacation, to visit family, for work, or for any other reason, it is important for you to consider whether that time spent outside the country could affect your permanent resident status, or whether it could delay a future application for Canadian citizenship. Permanent residence and citizenship applications each have different requirements under which a person must spend a certain amount of time living

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New Articling Student: Allison Purdon

McCuaig Desrochers LLP is pleased to welcome Allison Purdon as an articling student. Throughout her articling year, Allison will gain experience in a variety of areas of law. Allison joined McCuaig Desrochers LLP as an articling student in 2018, after completing a clerkship with the Court of Queen’s Bench in Edmonton. She received a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor, both with Distinction, from the University of Alberta. Between these degrees, Allison worked for several Edmonton nonprofit organizations. During law school, Allison volunteered with

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