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Unfounded case ends with conviction 19 years after police dismissed sexual-assault complaint

An Ottawa man who raped a 12-year-old girl and then initially got away with it after police dismissed the file as an unfounded allegation has been convicted of sexual interference.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
September 21, 2018

Woman's deadly cannabis allergy highlights complexity of condo living

A condominium corporation in Mississauga, Ont., is puzzling over how it can accommodate the conflicting medical needs of some residents as marijuana legalization looms.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
September 21, 2018

How our libraries can help the homeless

Public libraries have become the place to go for growing numbers of homeless men and women seeking refugee from the heat, cold, snow and rain - or the hard life on the streets.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
September 21, 2018

Will your cannabis credit card purchases be visible to U.S. border officials? (Some might, some won't.)

A U.S. border guard could put a Canadian in an impossible position — admit to marijuana use and be banned for that, or deny it and be banned for lying.

Article source:
Global News
Posted:
September 20, 2018

Shortage of landlord-tenant board adjudicators leads to Thunder Bay hearing cancellations

The board's adjudicators presided over more than 800 such hearings involving a rental unit with a Thunder Bay address in 2017.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
September 20, 2018

'Stuck at the back row': Western student wonders why renovated classroom doesn't have a ramp

A student who uses a walker must either get help down the stairs, or sit apart from his classmates.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
September 20, 2018

The consequences of having a criminal conviction: Reasonable Doubt

The most significant consequence that comes from a criminal conviction (beyond the sentence imposed) is the effect it has on your ability to find employment.

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
September 20, 2018

New online tool helps people fill out divorce forms in Ontario

People who want to apply for a divorce can now get online help to work through the application process and complete the required court forms using CLEO's Guided Pathways to Divorce Forms.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
September 19, 2018

Some law schools are developing tools to improve access to justice

While judges and lawyers wring their hands over the problem, some Canadian law schools are undertaking initiatives to improve access to justice.

Article source:
University Affairs
Posted:
September 19, 2018

Worker wins damages after colleague says racial slur

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has ordered a man who used a racial slur to pay $1,000 in damages to a colleague who overheard the comment in a workplace lunchroom.

Article source:
Law Times
Posted:
September 19, 2018

Cancellation of Ontario's basic income project sparks global outrage

Academics and activists from across the globe say the cancellation will harm Canada's reputation on the world stage.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
September 19, 2018

Second human rights case to challenge government over sex-ed curriculum

Removing mandatory content about LGBTQ2 issues tells these youth their identities don't exist or are too shameful to be discussed at an elementary level: JFCY's Andrea Luey.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
September 18, 2018

October 10: Learn about Landlord and Tenant Law

Topics include security of tenure, entry into the unit, termination of tenancy (by tenants and landlords), landlord and tenant obligations, security deposits, and more.

Article source:
Ontario Bar Association (OBA)
Posted:
September 18, 2018

Injured migrant worker to get partial benefits

IAVGO's Maryth Yachnin says the ruling is the first of its kind because it opens the door for migrant workers to receive benefits past the 12-week mark if they're injured on the job.

Article source:
Law Times
Posted:
September 18, 2018
Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
September 17, 2018

Rights-based approach key to alleviating poverty

Charitable programs rob people of dignity and do nothing to lift them out of poverty, studies show. Their proliferation masks bigger problems, writes this author.

Article source:
Policy Options
Posted:
September 17, 2018

400 legal professionals oppose Ontario's use of notwithstanding clause

Family lawyer Will Hutcheson, author of the letter, says the provincial government's use of the clause violates the rights of both the candidates in the election and the citizens of Toronto.

Article source:
Global News
Posted:
September 17, 2018

Campus sexual assault requires complex approach around education, say legal experts

The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic's Deepa suggests educating people about consent and sexual assault when they are young, in middle schools and high schools.

Article source:
Canadian Lawyer Magazine
Posted:
September 17, 2018
Article source:
Ontario Bar Association (OBA)
Posted:
September 17, 2018

September 18: Professional Development and Capacity Building for Front-Line Workers

When: Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Where: Online

This is a discussion about improving access to new professional development tools and resources to support community capacity building.

Article source:
Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
Posted:
September 14, 2018