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Disagreement on legal remedies for ongoing bad tenant problem

Advocates for landlords and tenants alike have no problem recognizing these frauds as an ongoing blight. What they can't agree on is how to deal with them.

Article source:
The Lawyer's Daily
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November 22, 2017

December 6: Legal Responses to Sexual Violence: Criminal Justice System & Alternatives

When: Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST

Where: Friends House, 60 Lowther, Toronto, ON M5R 1C7 

METRAC is presenting a legal information training to discuss other ways of making a complaint and getting a legal response to sexual assault or harassment.

Article source:
METRAC
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November 22, 2017

December 6: Navigating the New Citizenship Act- What you need to know

When: Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern time

Where: Online

This webinar is part of the "Improving access to Justice" series, meant to help frontline workers support refugees and vulnerable migrants in accessing legal information.

Article source:
Canadian Council for Refugees
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November 22, 2017

Sweeping updates to workplace protections become law

The bill follows years of advocacy from workers' rights groups who have long pointed to ...

Article source:
Toronto Star
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November 22, 2017

Liberals to offer benefit to people waiting for low-income housing

The national housing strategy will also include thousands of new units.

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Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
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November 22, 2017

Toronto child poverty divided along racial lines

The child poverty rate in Toronto is twice as high in racialized families, according to a new study based on the 2016 census.

Article source:
Toronto Star
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November 21, 2017

OCA rules on Islamic marriage contract

The Court of Appeal has determined that part of an Islamic marriage contract was part of net family property under the Ontario Family Law Act.

Article source:
Law Times
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November 21, 2017

Notice re: Chronic care co-payment calculation since September 1, 2017

This is information from the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE) about a problem with the chronic care co-payment calculation.

Article source:
Advocacy Centre for The Elderly (ACE)
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November 21, 2017

April 2018: Call for proposals, 50th National Congress on Housing and Homelessness

When: Tuesday to Friday, April 24 to April 27, 2018

Where: Ottawa, Ontario

The congress will convene over 600 delegates and sector leaders from Canada and other countries for four days of learning and networking opportunities.

Article source:
The Homeless Hub
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November 21, 2017

December 7: Human Rights Forum: Colonization and Systemic Racism – Pathways to Change

When: Thursday, December 7, 2017, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. EST

Where: Bahen Centre for Information Technology, Auditorium Rm 1160, University of Toronto, 40 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 2E4

To commemorate this year's Human Rights Day, Urban Alliance on Race Relations is hosting a panel of human rights advocates to discuss Colonization and System Racism: Pathways to Change.

Article source:
Urban Alliance on Race Relations
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November 20, 2017

Disabled groups fight 'demeaning' immigration law

A national advocacy group is pushing for the government to repeal immigration criteria that it calls discriminatory toward people with disabilities.

Article source:
iPolitics.ca
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November 20, 2017

Inmates allege systematic negligence at southern Ontario prison

The class action lawsuit against the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre in London is arguing for the rights of more than 9,000 inmates who allege "cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment."

Article source:
Toronto Star
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November 20, 2017

Ottawa sets date for LGBTQ apology, but compensation not yet settled

Advocates for people criminally charged or fired from their government job because they were gay are celebrating news of a historic apology in the House for their mistreatment.

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The Globe and Mail
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November 20, 2017

Law society initiative to improve diversity is about justice not politics, lawyers say

In recent weeks there has been a flurry of open letters and op-eds in newspapers decrying an initiative from the law society to improve diversity and inclusion in the Ontario legal profession.

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Toronto Star
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November 20, 2017

Ontario moves to boost equal-pay protections for temp agency workers

Changes to the proposed law will make it harder for employers to pay temps less for doing the same job.

Article source:
Metro
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November 17, 2017

Overdose calls jump 28% but Toronto police still aren't carrying naloxone kits

The Toronto Police Association has called for the force to provide the overdose reversal drug to officers.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
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November 17, 2017

November 27-29: Disability and Work in Canada national conference

When: Monday to Wednesday, November 27-29, 2017

Where: Canadian War Museum, Ottawa 

Improving access to the labour force for people with disabilities is the theme of an upcoming conference bringing together individuals with a disability and their supporters.

Article source:
Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy
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November 17, 2017

Toronto editor of Your Ward News faces hate-related charges

James Sears and Leroy St. Germaine have been charged with wilful promotion of hatred against Jews and women, through their publication, Your Ward News.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
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November 17, 2017

New and Revised CLEO Publications - November 16, 2017

CLEO announces new or updated resources. All CLEO resources are provided free of charge. For a complete list of our publications, please visit www.cleo.on.ca.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
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November 16, 2017

November 30: Addressing Sexual Violence Presentation, Thunder Bay

When: Thursday, November 30, 2017, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Where: Waverley Library Auditorium, 285 Red River Road, P7B 1A9

For more information or to reserve a seat: Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre, 184 Camelot Street, 807.345.7819; or nowcproject@tbaytel.net; or 807-345-7802

This is an opportunity for front-line workers and general community members to talk about how to address and end sexual violence.

Article source:
Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre
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November 16, 2017