Educational and AGM – November 30, 2017

This education was held at:
CENTRE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION, 192 SPADINA (QUEEN & SPADINA), ATRIUM ROOM, TORONTO, ONTARIO— WEST SIDE OF SPADINA

The topics covered were:

CPD ACCREDITATION

3.25 hours (substantive hours)

AGENDA

5pm – 5.45pm DISCUSSION OF MPSEP V. TRAN
Speaker: Justice Justice O’Reilly, Justice – Federal Court of Canada
Moderator: Leigh Salsberg

5.45 pm -6.30 pm INTERSECTIONS OF CRIMINAL AND IMMIGRATION LAW: WORKING WITH CRIMINAL DEFENCE COUNSEL

Speaker: Peter Edelmann, Edelmann & Co. Law Offices
Moderator: Leigh Salsberg

6.50pm – 7.40pm EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT INADMISSIBILITY ON SECURITY GROUNDS, AND SECTION 34

Speaker : Ronald Poulton, Poulton Law office
Moderator : Leigh Salsberg

7.40pm – 8.10pm Q&A SESSION

8.10pm – 8.30pm RLA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

RLA – Winter and Spring Educationals 2017

Since November’s AGM, where members heard from Raoul Boulakia on Test Case funding for challenging backlog/legacy cases, and Doyon Gold (Homewood Health, Member Assistance Program) and keynote speaker, Marley Mawhinney (Iyengar Yoga Centre) speaking about vicarious trauma and self-help and creating balance for refugee lawyers, the RLA held two members-only educational seminars in the winter and spring.

On February 28, 2017, Leigh Salsberg, Jacqueline Bonisteel, and Maureen Silcoff presentations on current issues around the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement.

Then, on May 10, 2017, the Honourable Justice Campbell, Richard Wazana, and Robert Blanshay spoke on emergency stays in Federal Court. Both Richard and Robert provided written materials for the attendees.

RLA Winter Educational

The Refugee Lawyers Association Winter Educational, held in Toronto on February 16, 2016, covered the importance of recent Supreme Court of Canada decisions in Kanthasamy and B10 on refugee law advocacy.

Refugee Lawyers Association Winter Educational: Raoul Boulakia explores the implication of recent Supreme Court of Canada decisions on inadmissibility cases
Raoul Boulakia explores the implication of recent Supreme Court of Canada decisions on inadmissibility cases

Refugee Lawyers Association: Aviva Basman and Barbara Jackman discuss the implications on refugee law practice, especially humanitarian and compassionate applications, of the Supreme Court's Kanthasamy decision.
Aviva Basman and Barbara Jackman discuss the implications on refugee law practice, especially humanitarian and compassionate applications, of the Supreme Court’s Kanthasamy decision.

RLA AGM November 17, 2015

The Refugee Lawyers Association held it’s 2015 AGM at the CSI Annex in Toronto on November 17th.  The meeting featured a panel discussion with Barbara Jackman, Jean Marie Vecina, and Swathi Sekhar, about the Ontario Court’s Habeas Corpus jurisdiction over immigration detention matters, as well as a presentation by Ratna Omdivar about Lifeline Syria and the citizen-led initiative to get groups of residents in the Toronto area to sponsor 1000 refugees over the ext two years.

Barbara Jackman, Swathi Sekhar and Jean Marie Vecina discuss Habeas Corpus and immigration detention, at the RLA AGM, photo by ©j.martin/sevres-babylone
Barbara Jackman, Swathi Sekhar and Jean Marie Vecina discuss Habeas Corpus and immigration detention

The RlA executive for the upcoming year includes

Raoul Boulakia
Lani Gozlan
Pantea Jafari
Jack Martin
Dilani Mohan
Luis Antonio Monroy
Leigh Salsberg
Preevanda Sapru
Eve Sehatsadeh