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Trudeau announces nearly $70M over 3 years for Indigenous mental health services

The new investment will include funding for two permanent mental health workers in Attawapiskat, the Prime Minister says.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
June 24, 2016

Canada's privacy law 'ill-suited' to 21st century, watchdog warns Trudeau

Canada's privacy watchdog tells Justin Trudeau that federal privacy law is badly out of date, hasn't kept up with technology.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
June 24, 2016

Supreme Court rules in favour of lab workers claiming workplace cancer

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in favour of three British Columbia medical workers who argued they developed breast cancer as a result of their jobs.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
June 24, 2016

Province of Ontario Moving Forward with Basic Income Pilot

The province has appointed the Honourable Hugh Segal to provide advice on the design and implementation of a Basic Income Pilot in Ontario, as announced in the 2016 Budget.

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Posted:
June 24, 2016

Supreme Court rules police can swab a suspected rapist without a warrant

The Supreme Court's majority stressed the importance of getting tough on sexual assault despite the intrusiveness of the swab.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
June 24, 2016

Twenty years after federal government changed sentencing, aboriginals still disproportionately fill our prisons

"Changing sentencing provisions was one part of the solution, but providing alternatives to court is the other, and I think we haven't done as good a job on that as we might have:" Allen Rock.

Article source:
National Post
Posted:
June 23, 2016

CAS study reveals stark racial disparities in child protection system

Margaret Parsons, ED of the African Canadian Legal Clinic, says what CAS might not consider abuse or neglect in a white family they will consider abuse or neglect in a black family.

Article source:
Metro
Posted:
June 23, 2016

Reasonable Doubt: The child's voice in family and child protection law

Should we give more weight to kids' perspectives in legal matters pertaining to them?

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
June 23, 2016

Changes in HIV Testing and Reporting in Ontario

The changes mean that names and contact information of people who test positive for HIV at anonymous testing clinics may not necessarily be reported to Public Health authorities in Ontario.

Article source:
HALCO - HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario
Posted:
June 23, 2016

Secrecy over victims of police shootings to be reviewed

A controversial SIU policy change in 2012 states the victims of police-involved fatalities are not identified unless next-of-kin gives permission.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
June 23, 2016

It's not legal aid that needs fixing in Ontario

"We agree with [Superior Court Justice] Nordheimer: the gap between legal aid eligibility and the low-income measure is much too wide": David Field, CEO of Legal Aid Ontario

Article source:
Hamilton Spectator
Posted:
June 22, 2016

What does CPP expansion mean for Canadians?

Despite not affecting current rates, many advocates have embraced the planned CPP expansion, including the National Pensioners Federation and the Canadian Labour Congress.

Article source:
FindLaw.ca
Posted:
June 22, 2016

Housing advocates urge Ottawa to rethink how country counts, tracks homeless

The federal government is going to be asked today to trade its so-called "point-in-time" counts of the country's homeless in favour of real-time lists of people who are homeless or living in...

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
June 22, 2016

Union of legal aid clinics opens doors to justice

The Community Legal Aid and Legal Assistance of Windsor clinics are celebrating their new co-located offices at 443 Ouellette Ave. in Windsor.

Article source:
Canada.com
Posted:
June 22, 2016

Help Develop Canada's National Housing Strategy

On June 27 and 28 the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers are meeting to discuss Canada's first ever National Housing Strategy. TAKE ACTION before June 26 to add your input.

Article source:
Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)
Posted:
June 22, 2016

June 23: Celebration of Indigenous Peoples Event

When: Thursday, June 23, 2016, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. (panel discussion, 3 - 5 p.m., reception, 5 - 6 p.m.)

Where: Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen St. W., Toronto

RSVP: This public event is free, but space is limited. 

Presentations include, What are law schools and the Law Society doing to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action? How can training promote Intercultural competence?

Article source:
Law Society of Upper Canada
Posted:
June 21, 2016

Ministry of Labour launches new educational video, Know Your Rights

The video gives viewers an overview of core employment standards and is designed to help employees and employers understand their rights and obligations under the ESA, 2000.

Article source:
Ontario Ministry of Labour
Posted:
June 21, 2016

June-October: Trauma and Refugee Mental Health Training

OCASI has been providing training for front-line workers in OCASI member agencies, on war trauma and refugee mental health. In-person training sessions have begun across the province.

Article source:
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
Posted:
June 21, 2016

August 30 & 31: OJEN's 2016 Summer Law Institute

When: Tuesday, August 30, & Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET

Where: Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5H 2N6

The Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) is hosting the 2016 Summer Law Institute (SLI), a two-day professional development conference for secondary school teachers on August 30 & 31, 2016...

Article source:
OJEN-ROEJ Ontario Justice Education Network Réseau ontarien d'éducation juridique
Posted:
June 21, 2016

Wednesday, June 22: Every Worker Has Rights International Webinar

When: Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 9 a.m. ET 

Where: Online

Registration: http://www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/english/keyinitiatives/geo_notice.shtml

This webinar will cover the right to be treated fairly at work, to work in a safe and healthy workplace, to be trained to deal with workplace hazards, and to join a trade union.

Article source:
Ontario Ministry of Labour
Posted:
June 21, 2016