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In 1984 Ken Smith and Rob Hughes opened a Vancouver law office focused on sexual orientation and gender identity issues - Smith & Hughes. They fought for LGBTQ equality and human rights in various legal cases. Ken retired in 2011.

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This article provides basic information on sponsorhips options available to same-sex couples.
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Explains that the law in Canada recognizes the common-law partners of qualifying immigrants as dependents: if one partner qualifies for immigration on his or her own merits, that person would be the principal applicant ...
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Explains what the legislation says about HIV positive persons, and examines the law and policy for different types of status (e.g. temporary resident, applicant, refugees) and the different "classes" of applicants (e.g. ...
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This article provides basic information on refugee claims based on sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI).
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This article provides basic information about sponsorship and immigration status for trans people.
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