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Decision-maker slammed as 'moral police' for refusing immigration to HIV-positive man

The HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario, an intervenor, said people with the virus are a dominant group negatively affected by immigration's "medical inadmissibility" policy that prevents them...

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
January 15, 2018

Unsolved: Cracking Toronto police's colour-coded murder problem

Close to 50 per cent of the unsolved murder cases in Toronto since 1959 involve Black victims, 300 murders in a community that represents less than 10 per cent of the general population.

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
January 15, 2018

February 28: Sexual Violence Forum 2018

When: Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Hotel Novotel Toronto Centre, 45 The Esplanade, Toronto, M5E 1W2

Forum fee: $50, includes lunch and 2 nutrition breaks

This one-day forum will include discussion of the role of marginalization, power imbalances, privilege and accompanying notions of entitlement, and more.

Article source:
Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children
Posted:
January 15, 2018

Boost social services to prevent shootings, says crime expert

Ottawa police have responded to half a dozen shootings since the start of 2018, prompting calls for the city to change its tactics when it comes to tackling gun violence.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
January 15, 2018

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 12 January 2018

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

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
January 12, 2018

February & March: New Workers' Rights Training Sessions for 2018

The Workers' Action Centre (WAC) will provide free training sessions on new legislative protections coming into effect in 2018 including the minimum wage, personal emergency leave, and other new...

Article source:
Workers' Action Centre
Posted:
January 12, 2018

'Shaping our Future': Thunder Bay police reach out to community for help on change initiative

The purpose of the change initiative is "re-righting" relations inside and outside the police service, particularly with the Indigenous community, a written release from the police service...

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
January 12, 2018

February 6: Community Roundtable: Access to Shelters for LGBTQIA+ Immigrants and Refugees

When: Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Where: The 519, Grand Ballroom, 519 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9

This is an opportunity to discuss the strengths and gaps in finding appropriate shelter and housing for LGBTQIA* immigrants and refugees (including newcomers) living in the GTA.

Article source:
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
Posted:
January 12, 2018

February 20: Helping your clients find good legal information, Mississauga

When: Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Where: Peel Multicultural Council, 6630 Turner Valley Road, Mississauga, Room 329

The workshop aims to provide strategies and tools to non-legal community workers on how to find reliable, relevant, current legal information to help their clients solve legal issues

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
January 12, 2018

Retail and restaurant sectors report most sexual harassment on the job

Compared to the same time frame last year, there has been a 136 per cent increase in harassment complaints, and a 114 per cent increase in sexual harassment complaints.

Article source:
North Bay Nugget
Posted:
January 11, 2018

Law Foundation of Ontario's Responsive Grants Program

The Responsive Grants Program enables The Law Foundation of Ontario to fund ideas generated by nonprofit community groups to improve access to justice. 

Article source:
The Law Foundation of Ontario
Posted:
January 11, 2018

New legal clinic for Black Ontarians in place by August 2018

The clinic is meant to replace the African Canadian Legal Clinic, which had its Legal Aid funding pulled last summer.

Article source:
Metro
Posted:
January 11, 2018

On the Radar: Changes to Employment Insurance benefits for new parents

Recent changes to Employment Insurance (EI) mean that women can start their maternity benefits sooner, and new parents can choose to get parental benefits at a lower rate but for a longer time.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
January 11, 2018

New Ontario rule banning carding by police takes effect

The regulation bans police from collecting identifying information "arbitrarily," or based on a person's race or presence in a high crime neighbourhood in certain instances. 

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
January 11, 2018

Provincial government to renovate former youth jail to help shelter Toronto's homeless

Ontario Housing Minister Peter Milczyn says provincial staff have identified the former York Detention Centre as the best, and only, provincial location that meets the city's needs.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
January 10, 2018

Ontario health ministry keeps secret list of high risk long-term care homes

A home's risk level is determined by its record for complying with, or violating, the provincially mandated rules that govern long-term care.

Article source:
Ottawa Citizen
Posted:
January 10, 2018

Windsor law professor discouraged by barriers for people with disabilities

Laverne Jacobs is organizing a series of public lectures and panels as part of the "Law, Disability and Social Change Project," of which she is the founding director.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
January 10, 2018

Ontario Government Is Making it Easier to Apply for ODSP

Starting January 15, 2018, registered nurses can complete all sections of forms used to determine if someone is eligible for the program, as well as medical review forms.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
January 10, 2018

January 31: Learn about your rights when dealing with financial advisors & insurance agents

When: Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

The presenters will provide plain language explanations of how to investigate if something has gone wrong and how to work with regulators and courts to obtain fair compensation.

Article source:
Ontario Bar Association (OBA)
Posted:
January 10, 2018

Law changes in how chronic mental stress is recognized in workplace

The changes stem from a 2014 Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal that found that the denial of WSIB benefits for claimants seeking chronic mental stress was unconstitutional.

Article source:
Canadian Lawyer Magazine
Posted:
January 09, 2018