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Cuts To Legal Aid Ontario Will Cause Hearing Delays: Immigration Refugee Board

Darpan News Desk The Canadian Press, 16 Jul, 2019

    OTTAWA - The tribunal that adjudicates asylum claims in Canada says it expects cuts to legal-aid funding imposed by the Doug Ford government in Ontario will lead to delays and other disruptions of refugee hearings.

     

    The Immigration and Refugee Board has issued a notice saying the 30-per-cent cut in funding announced in April to Legal Aid Ontario will affect the board's operations due to an expected rise in the number of refugee claimants who don't have lawyers.

     

    Refugee lawyers help asylum-seekers navigate Canada's refugee system, which is unfamiliar to most migrants from far-away countries.

     

    The board says the changes will lead to longer refugee hearings, more postponements and adjournments of hearings and more missed deadlines for paperwork.

     

    The IRB says it will not be able to fully mitigate these effects, but is taking steps to help unrepresented migrants understand Canada's refugee-determination processes.

     

    These steps include being more flexible with timelines for certain cases; increasing the number of orientation sessions in Toronto to help refugee claimants prepare for their hearings; as well as expanding information available online and by telephone to asylum-seekers in Canada.

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    Ride-Hailing To Come To B.C., But Will Uber, Lyft?

    VICTORIA - The British Columbia government's firm position on tougher driver's licence requirements for ride-hailing is a move in the right direction, given the experiences from other jurisdictions, a transportation expert says.

     

     

    Ride-Hailing To Come To B.C., But Will Uber, Lyft?

    Jagmeet Singh Sees Quebec As 'Fertile Ground' For NDP As He Hits Province For Tour

    NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says the province of Quebec offers the New Democrats "fertile ground" despite private hand-wringing about its current state ahead of the election.

    Jagmeet Singh Sees Quebec As 'Fertile Ground' For NDP As He Hits Province For Tour

    IIO Investigates VPD After Man Dies In Fall From West End Apartment

    IIO Investigates VPD After Man Dies In Fall From West End Apartment

    A distraught man, throwing large items out of a high-rise West End apartment, has fallen to his death.

    IIO Investigates VPD After Man Dies In Fall From West End Apartment

    Vancouver Police Seek Video Of Early Saturday Morning Stabbing

    Vancouver Police Seek Video Of Early Saturday Morning Stabbing

    An early morning downtown stabbing has sent a 25-year-old man to hospital with serious life-threatening injuries. Police are seeking witnesses, and video from cell phones and dash cams.

    Vancouver Police Seek Video Of Early Saturday Morning Stabbing

    Langley Police Investigating Stabbing Of 32-Yr-Old Man

    Langley Police Investigating Stabbing Of 32-Yr-Old Man

    Shortly after 2:35 am on July 13, 2019, the Langley RCMP received a call from a man reporting he had been stabbed.

    Langley Police Investigating Stabbing Of 32-Yr-Old Man

    Chuckwagon Race Safety Up For Review After Six Horses Die During Stampede Event

    Stampede officials say in a website statement that the horses went down Sunday evening in the eighth race when the right lead horse on the wagon driven by Evan Salmond broke a bone in a hind leg.

    Chuckwagon Race Safety Up For Review After Six Horses Die During Stampede Event

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