September 12: Challenging Solitary Confinement: Panel Discussion at Elizabeth Fry Toronto

Information from Elizabeth Fry Toronto: Court rulings in Ontario and British Columbia have concluded that solitary confinement is unconstitutional. The government has been given a year to reflect the new rulings.

The effects of...


Elizabeth Fry Toronto

Elizabeth Fry Toronto, established in 1952, serves women who are, have been, or are at risk of being in conflict with the criminal justice system. 


Judge slashes elderly client's legal bill, says lawyer 'was obviously making it all up as he went along'

A Toronto judge has drastically reduced an elderly woman's six-figure legal bill after finding her lawyer was unable to explain how he reached the amount.

"None of the respondent's figures are credible; he was obviously...


Victims aren't handing rape kits over to police, researchers find

Only two-thirds of eligible sexual assault survivors who go to hospital choose to undergo a "rape kit" and less than one-third subsequently hand over the forensic evidence to police, say researchers at the Ottawa Hospital.

"We see a significant...


Canadian police dismissing fewer sexual-assault cases

The number of sexual-assault allegations dismissed by police as "unfounded" has dropped in the year since The Globe and Mail revealed that sexual offences were being disproportionately rejected as baseless compared to other crimes.



OHRC policy on preventing discrimination because of pregnancy and breastfeeding

The Ontario Human Rights Code (the Code) is a law that provides for equal rights and opportunities and recognizes the dignity and worth of every person in Ontario. The Code makes it against the law...


Toronto tennis league's rules discriminate against women, human rights tribunal rules

Ontario's Human Rights Tribunal has sided with a group of female tennis players, ruling that one of the largest tennis leagues in Toronto discriminates against women.

The decision comes in response to a complaint filed last August, alleging...


Canada's housing crisis reinforces violence against poor women

Canadian cities are in the throes of an unprecedented housing crisis. Lax housing policies and lending practices, along with a previously non-existent national housing strategyhave converged, contributing to record-level housing and rental prices....


Nail salon network seeks to empower newcomer women on the job

Nikki Huang worked in nail salons across the GTA for two years after she arrived in Canada as a student from China in 2014. 

During that time, she says she often worked 10-hour days, received no training on the use...


Pet care for people in crisis

Thanks to Jill McNall, HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO), for assembling this information about pet care for people in crisis:

The Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) has a SafePet program: ...

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