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Date: 20031110

 

Docket: IMM-6850-03

 

Citation: 2003 FC 1327

 

Toronto, Ontario, November 10th, 2003

 

Present:          The Honourable Mr. Justice Russell                                   

 

 

BETWEEN:

 

                                                                  SHU ZHI LIU

 

                                                                                                                                            Applicant

                                                                           and

 

 

                           THE MINISTER OF CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION

 

                                                                                                                                       Respondent

 

                                            REASONS FOR ORDER AND ORDER

 

 

[1]                This motion seeks a stay of the Applicant's refugee claim hearing that is scheduled to take place on November 13, 2003.

 

[2]                The Applicant arrived in Vancouver on January 19, 2003 and made a Convention Refugee Claim at the airport.

 

[3]                The Applicant subsequently travelled to Toronto where she retained counsel and sought to have the venue of her claim changed from Vancouver to Toronto.


 

[4]                The Applicant's request for a change of venue was denied on May 7, 2003.

 

[5]                The Applicant sought reasons for the decision and, by letter dated May 29, 2003 from the Immigration and Refugee Board, was provided with the following reasons:

Application for change of location to Toronto denied due to operational considerations of the Division which outweigh any inconvenience to the claimant.

 

 

[6]                The Applicant subsequently sought clarification of what was meant by "operational considerations" and also asked for disclosure of any IRB policy regarding relocation requests. No response on these matters was provided to the Applicant.

 

[7]                The Applicant then requested that she be allowed to participate in the hearing via tele-conference in Toronto. Her intention was that it would involve video-conferencing.

 

[8]                The Respondent initially refused this request but later gave its consent to the Applicant's participation by video-conference.

 

[9]                The hearing is scheduled to take place on November 13, 2003.

 

[10]            The Applicant still wishes to challenge the IRB's decision of May 7, 2003 and the inadequacy of the reasons provided in the IRB letter of May 29, 2003, by way of judicial review before this Court.


 

[11]            However, if the hearing scheduled to take place on November 13, 2003 precedes any such judicial review challenge will become moot.

 

[12]            Hence, the Applicant has come to the Court with the present motion to stay the November 13, 2003 hearing until such time as the judicial review of the change of venue denial has been disposed of.

 

[13]            The Vancouver office of the IRB has refused to consent to an adjournment of the November 13, 2003 hearing.

 

[14]            The Applicant raises several matters that she feels satisfy the "serious issue" ground under Toth v. Canada (M.E.I.), (1998). 86 N.R. 302 (Fed. C.A.). However, there is no point in considering them at this stage because, in my opinion, the Applicant has provided no convincing evidence of irreparable harm if the stay is not granted.

 

[15]            As grounds for irreparable harm the Applicant alleges different procedures in the Vancouver and Toronto offices of the IRB that would make it advantageous for her claim to be heard in Toronto.

 

[16]            She also alleges that if the stay is not granted her judicial review challenge to the change of venue denial will become moot.

 

[17]            In my opinion, neither of the grounds raised by the Applicant for irreparable harm are convincing and, at best, remain in the realm of pure speculation. Irrespective of where the Applicant's refugee claim is heard, she will receive a full and fair hearing on the merits of her case. Perceived possible advantages that she feels might assist her in Toronto are not irreparable harm, even if the Applicant could substantiate them in her evidence, which she does not.

 

[18]            Nor is the fact of her judicial review application becoming academic if the hearing takes place on November 13, 2003 a form of irreparable harm that this Court can take into account under Toth supra. In fact, it could be a decided benefit.

 

                                               ORDER

 

THIS COURT ORDERS that the motion for a stay is dismissed.                    

"James Russell"

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                                                                                                   J.F.C.                     

 

 

 

 

 

 


                                       FEDERAL COURT

   NAMES OF COUNSEL AND SOLICITORS OF RECORD

 

DOCKET:                  IMM-6850-03

 

STYLE OF CAUSE: SHU ZHI LIU

                                                                                             Applicant

and

 

THE MINISTER OF CITIZENSHIP AND

IMMIGRATION

                                                                                          Respondent

 

PLACE OF HEARING:                                 TORONTO, ONTARIO

 

DATE OF HEARING:                                  NOVEMBER 10, 2003

 

REASONS FOR ORDER

AND ORDER BY:    RUSSELL, J.

 

DATED:                     NOVEMBER 10, 2003

 

APPEARANCES BY:                                     Mr. Shelley Levine

                                                                        For the Applicant

 

Mr. Jeremiah A. Eastman

 

For the Respondent

 

SOLICITORS OF RECORD:                      Levine Associates

Toronto, Ontario

For the Applicant

 

Morris Rosenberg

Deputy Attorney General of Canada

 

For the Respondent


FEDERAL COURT OF CANADA

            Date: 20031110

Docket: IMM-6850-03

BETWEEN:

SHU ZHI LIU

        Applicant

and

THE MINISTER OF CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION

                  Respondent

                                               

REASONS FOR ORDER

AND ORDER