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October 31, 2017
The Government of Canada has changed the definition of the age of dependants from “under 19” to “under 22”. This change applies to all new applications received by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on or after October 24, 2017. For more information please see the URL below.
October 19, 2017

Successful challenge at the Supreme Court of Canada in Tran v. Canada:

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Canada held that conditional sentences do not count as jail time for the purpose of determining "serious criminality" within immigration law.

Lorne Waldman and Warda Shazadi Meighen represented the intervener, British Civil Liberties Association.

July 19, 2017
Lorne Waldman Named to the Order of Canada
February 1, 2017

Response to Attack on Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec:

We wish to reproduce the following press release issued by the London Muslim community in response to Sunday's events:

We join our country in mourning for those who were killed as a result of a terrorist attack at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec on Sunday night, when an armed gunman attacked worshippers performing evening prayers. We offer our deepest support to the families of these victims, and to those injured in the attack.

This attack comes at a time when Muslims have felt particularly vulnerable to hatred. We have seen an increase in extremist right wing groups in North America, including in Canada, and a corresponding increase in Islamophobia and xenophobia here and abroad. Sunday’s tragedy serves as a poignant reminder that we must confront the evils of hatred and intolerance head-on and remain strong against those who wish to divide our Canadian family. We are reminded that an attack on one is an attack on us all.

We call on the authorities in Quebec to quickly investigate and resolve this matter, bringing the perpetrator of such senseless violence to justice. We also express our concern over the increase of hateful rhetoric targeting Muslims in our society and urge all Canadians to report every instance of hate crime and hate speech to the proper authorities.

The inhumanity and cowardice of the terrorist who attacked innocent Canadians engaged in worship is beyond reason or comprehension. We chose instead to focus on the outpouring of compassion in the hours and days following the attack and have drawn great comfort from the messages of condolences and support from our elected officials, our police forces, and our community. We have heard our fellow Canadians continue to reaffirm their commitment to an inclusive and safe Canada for all Canadians, irrespective of faith.

Terror is a tool of the weak meant to divide. In the face of such tactics, we must redouble our efforts to work together as one community to eradicate hatred and ensure prosperity and safety for all.

(Original release by Hikma London)

September 29, 2016
Associate Warda Shazadi Meighen Joins Human Rights Watch Committee (Canada)
August 5, 2016
Lorne Waldman: One of the 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada in 2016
May 25, 2016
Associate Jacqueline Swaisland honoured by Precedent Magazine
October 30, 2015
Lawyer in niqab case says Canada must confront anti-Muslim sentiment

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