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Protect Your Social Insurance Number

If your Social Insurance Number (“SIN”) falls into the wrong hands, you are in trouble.  Only losing cash or your bank card along with your PIN can be worse than losing your SIN card or giving your SIN to the wrong person.  A SIN with another piece of identification is usually enough to open credit accounts!  
 

New Proposed Changes to Becoming a Canadian Citizen

The Conservative Government of Canada has proposed some changes to the current citizenship laws.  The government clearly wants to make becoming a Canadian citizen more difficult.  The changes are still being debated, but considering the solid Conservative majority in the Canadian Parliament, these changes will probably become law in near future.  These changes will affect many current permanent residents, so those eligible to apply for citizenship are better to apply before these proposed changes become law.  
 

Can a Judge be Your Friend on Facebook?

In Florida, an appellate court removed a trial judge from a divorce case because the judge sent a Facebook friend request to a party in the proceeding while she presided over it.  The judge sent a friend request to the wife in an ongoing divorce proceeding, which she rejected following her lawyer’s advice.  
 

The European Union Eases Its Sanctions on Iran

The European Union (the “EU”) announced that it is easing its sanctions on Iran.  Trade with Iran is still very difficult because the financial sanctions targeting Iranians’ ability to transfer their funds out of Iran are still in full force and effect.  However, further talks between the P5+1 nations and Iran over the coming months are very likely to result in some improvements, including a softening of sanctions on banking transactions and a swift opening up of the Iranian market for exporters.  
 

Some Recent Updates for Immigration to Canada

New Foreign Skilled Worker Program Limited to 5,000 Engineers and Medical Professionals  

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) listed 24 occupations that qualify under the new federal skilled-worker program ("FSWP").  CIC limited the total number of applications to 5,000 — including caps in each of the 24 eligible occupations.  

The 24 eligible occupations (with their corresponding 2011 National Occupation Classification code) are:

0211 — Engineering managers

Your Rights as a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident

The following principles are your rights and freedoms under the Canadian Constitution.  Today, April 17th, is the Law Day in Canada.  Why not as a Canadian or a Canadian permanent resident read the following and familiarize yourself with your constitutional rights?

CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS

Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law:

Guarantee of Rights and Freedoms

Rights and freedoms in Canada

Abraham Lincoln's Notes for a Law Lecture

“I am not an accomplished lawyer.  I find quite as much material for a lecture in those points wherein I have failed, as in those wherein I have been moderately successful.  The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence.  Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.  Never let your correspondence fall behind.  Whatever piece of business you have in hand, before stopping, do all the labor pertaining to it which can then be done.

A New Fast Way to Immigrate to Canada

Starting Wednesday, January 2, 2012, Canada accepts 3000 immigration applications for 43 jobs under a brand new Federal Skilled Trades Program.  Applications are expected to be processed within 12 months!  The new Skilled Trades Program aims to address serious labor shortages that some regions of Canada are facing now.  

New Federal Skilled Worker Program: May 4, 2013

The new Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) will accept applications starting May 4, 2013.  The Government claims that the new applications under the FSWP will be processed in a few months, rather than a few years.  But, the new FSWP will accept a fixed number of applications each year to ensure fast processing times and to avoid backlogs.