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Advocates: Canada's mental health system needs funding

Chronically underfunded, Canada's mental-health system now lags behind most other OECD countries.

Article source:
Macleans Magazine
Posted:
August 30, 2016

Why it's time for Canada to stop criminalizing HIV

Richard Eillott of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network states the reasons on the CBC's The 180 that Canadians with HIV should not be subject to criminal charges for keeping their health status...

Article source:
The 180
Posted:
August 30, 2016

Ontario guaranteed-income pilot moves ahead with new report

Former Conservative senator Hugh Segal will deliver a report this week on how Ontario might implement its pilot project for a guaranteed minimum income for residents of a still-to-be-chosen...

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
August 30, 2016

MP who is legally blind to draft Canada's first national accessibility law

Carla Qualtrough, a former Paralympian and human rights lawyer, is seeking input on the legislation.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
August 30, 2016

Pilot project aims to protect vulnerable restaurant workers

A government initiative will be launched after the labour ministry was criticized for failing to prevent workplace abuse.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
August 30, 2016

Federal strategy calls on subsidized rent to combat veteran homelessness

Officials from Veterans Affairs have also proposed dedicated affordable housing for veterans in a draft strategy.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
August 29, 2016

Urgent: Only 3 Days Left to Support Personal Emergency Leave for All

Workers' Action Centre and Parkdale Community Legal Services request submissions of support to the Ministry of Labour before August 31 for 10 days of Personal Emergency Leave for all workers in...

Article source:
Workers' Action Centre
Posted:
August 29, 2016

Water systems on reserves at risk

Despite an election promise by Justin Trudeau to eliminate boil-water advisories on reserves within 5 years, data suggest the federal government will fall short of the objective without...

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
August 29, 2016

Creating a holistic approach to client service – one clinic's story

The Community Legal Clinic—Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, has been using the Legal Health Check-Up (LHC) to help clients with unrecognized legal problems since participating in the tool's pilot...

Article source:
Legal Aid Ontario - Aide juridique Ontario
Posted:
August 29, 2016

Secretive drug policies putting injured workers at risk, critics say

The Industrial Accident Victims' Group of Ontario (IAVGO) is fighting to get the list of drugs covered by WSIB as the benefit spending drops.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
August 29, 2016

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 26 August 2016

The Income Security Advocacy Centre's weekly bulletin includes news, updates, reports, and events from Ontario, across Canada, and around the world.

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
August 26, 2016

August 30: Helping your clients find good legal information, Peterborough

When: Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 1:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Where: Peterborough Lions Community Centre, 347 Burnham Street, Peterborough

A workshop presented by CLEO to help you help your clients when they face a legal issue.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
August 26, 2016

Federal spies suddenly intercepting 26 times more Canadian phone calls and communications

Interception of Canadians' private communications by the federal electronic spy agency increased 26-fold last year, for reasons authorities won't fully explain.

Article source:
National Post
Posted:
August 25, 2016

Quebec to Ottawa: Consider criminalizing cellphone use while driving

Quebec is asking the federal government to examine the possibility of criminalizing the use of cellphones while driving.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
August 25, 2016

Canadian doctors divided over details of legal marijuana

As Canada prepares to legalize marijuana, the country's doctors have a lot of concerns about the nitty-gritty of the law and how it will impact their practice, and patients.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
August 25, 2016

RCMP allows female members to wear hijabs

Female members of the RCMP are now allowed to wear a hijab head scarf as part of their uniform, as the Mounties look to encourage more Muslim women to join their ranks.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
August 25, 2016

Legal clinic's future in city uncertain

The North Shore Legal Clinic has provided legal advice to citizens from Iron Bridge to Massey, including the two First Nations, for more than 20 years. This service is now in danger of...

Article source:
Elliot Lake Standard
Posted:
August 24, 2016

Scarcity and Justice

How can justice procedures connected with housing, separation, employment, consumer protection, land use, violence against persons, be designed for people in scarcity situations?

Article source:
Slaw
Posted:
August 24, 2016

What Your Landlord CANNOT Get Away With in Mississauga

Even if an injured party renting an unregulated bedroom in a family home isn't entitled to support from the Residential Tenancies Act, they are protected by the provincial Human Rights Code.

Article source:
insauga.com
Posted:
August 24, 2016

Province must fix 'deeply flawed' system to help people with developmental disabilities, ombudsman says

In his long-awaited report, Paul Dubé said he found "a fragmented, overly complicated system of service agencies and funding programs, and a baffling lack of flexibility from officials at the top...

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
August 24, 2016